Glasgow, United Kingdom
Thriving Places works with urban neighborhoods to support their sense of value, involvement, empowerment, and pride. The program is designed to generate momentum through a complexity of wellbeing factors for people to engage and flourish in places experiencing persistent poverty.
There are presently ten Thriving Places communities, each averaging 10,000 residents, which appeared in phases from 2014 to 2017.
The approach builds upon other city-based work, local and international. Outcomes were set with communities as:
- places which are thriving and people are proud to live in;
- places that are inclusive for everyone and sensitive to discrimination;
- places where people are empowered to take action for improved wellbeing.
The initiative has had partner buy-in for the last ten years, has a supportive locally-based community ‘connector’ worker, and a range of local and external resources. For the first time, the quality of relationships is prioritized over physical regeneration or agency targets.