Glasgow, United Kingdom

Thriving Places

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.

* Disclosure: The Wellbeing Cities Award’s laureates and finalists were selected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil rights protests. In the light of these new events, our events team is working to reflect these crucial changes in the program of the Wellbeing Cities Forum.

All photos sent by the City of Glasgow, United Kingdom.