Throughout March and April 2014, Louis Francis and Barbara Brayshay from Mapping for Change have been in the area researching for the Woodberry Down Community Mapping Project.
Mapping for Change is part of a team from University College London, which also includes Transport and Public Health researchers who are all working on the Street Mobility project. The Community Map is part of this project, and will help show how the mobility of residents is affected by physical and social barriers, like the busy Seven Sisters Road. This issue particularly affects residents with limiting health or mobility difficulties.
With the support of Manor House Development Trust and Genesis, Louis and Barbara have been talking to residents about what it is like to live alongside the busy Seven Sisters Road and the impact on health and wellbeing.
Creating age friendly cities for our increasing numbers of older people is a hot topic in the news. Previous research has shown that busy roads can create barriers that make it hard for people to visit friends and family, go shopping and join in community or social events. If people go out less and have smaller social networks this can impact negatively on their physical and mental health. People are inclined to walk less and avoid using the streets as social places. They may become more isolated and this can affect community wellbeing.
The Community Map
The aim of the Community Mapping Project is to talk with local people about the journeys they make every day and put the information on a map to show where people go, where there are barriers and “hot spots” as well as the nice places that people enjoy going to! We would like to know about the places you go to, the places you like and the places you might avoid or have difficulty getting to. Together we can put the issues that are affecting your mobility, wellbeing and health on the map.
What happens to the map?
When the workshops are completed, all the information that has been gathered will create a tool that the community can use in action planning and discussions seeking solutions to street mobility in the area.
How do I get involved?
If you would like to find out what it’s all about, there will be 3 mapping workshops throughout May and June:
Tuesday 20th May 12.00 – 14.00
At the Luncheon Club, Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, N4 2HF
Tuesday 27th May – 10.30 to 12.30
At the Coffee Morning, Woodberry Down Elders Room, Sheltered Housing Block, Newnton Close, N4 2RF.
Saturday 14th June 13.00 – 16.00
A Community Mapping Workshop (with free refreshments) at the Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, N4 2HF
Mapping for Change, The Chorley Institute, University College London, Gower Street, WC1A 6BT
020 7679 2296