Feedback from SE Activity Networking Event

Feedback from SE Activity Networking Event

SE PAA Networking Event 18th March 2019 Crags Centre


There were around 30 attendees at the session, which offered the opportunity for stakeholder partners working in the locality to come together to; share ideas; update on developments; continue to identify assets and gaps; explore opportunities to work together more cohesively, as well as to engage in discussions that would contribute to the consultation around the citywide physical activity strategy that is currently under development.  


The key themes for the session were ‘inclusion’ and ‘addressing inequalities’. The event kicked off with an introduction and three short ‘PechaKucha ‘presentations.

The first presentation by Michelle Reilly of StreetFit Scotland provided an overview and background to the project which, through the medium of physical activity, works with people whose lives have been affected by homelessness.



The presentation which followed was made by Kim Sibbald from Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust (ELGT) and highlighted a range of the organisation’s activities, both indoor and outdoor, that were particularly family friendly: my personal favourites of these included bat walks and bird walks as well as hoola-hooping (of course!).

The ELGT website is full of useful information on current work (e.g. South Edinburgh Out & About programme ) as well  as resources such as the community gardens map

The website can be accessed here:

The final short presentation set the context of how physical activity relates to the themes of the session: Promoting Inclusion & Addressing Inequality.


In the first groupwork session, participants were split into three groups to discuss the barriers to physical activity, what currently exists in the locality to address these barriers and where the gaps might be. The themes of inclusion and addressing inequalities were central to the discussions. In the second session the group discussion focused on what the priorities for developing work in relation physical might be. Each group discussion was broadly similar in respect of the issues raised and three themes were consistent throughout the initial conversation:

Communication & Awareness Raising

  • Communicating with excluded groups and involving communities
  • Use of social media; promotional campaigns

Involvement & Engagement

  • Increased focus on community activism and involvement
  • Strategy to specifically target excluded groups

Access & Affordability

  • Highlighting the role of inequalities; training for staff and service providers
  • Ensuring  free and low cost opportunities such as walking are available and promoted

Each group went on to have more detailed conversations and a transcription of the flipchart notes from each group is included below, concluding with the issues and areas identified as priorities.

  • We are currently looking at populating the Physical Activity ‘Story Map’ for the Locality and will update you on this in due course

If you would like an electronic copy of the graphic summary of our previous session, as shown at the event, or to view the ‘Story Map’ template or have any other questions or queries please let me know.

Thank you for your continued interest in promoting physical activity in the South East locality.



(on behalf of the planning group)

John Brennan | Senior Health Promotion Specialist (Physical Activity) | NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service | R4008 Canaan Park, Astley Ainsley Hospital 133 Grange Loan Edinburgh EH9 2HL | 

( 0131 537 9419 È07776 225 778


Discussion Group Flipchart Notes

Barriers Barriers

What Exists to Address Barriers (Assets)


Gaps Priorities


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