Exploring Scotland’s 20-minute neighbourhoods

06may(may 6)1:00 pm26aug(aug 26)2:30 pmExploring Scotland’s 20-minute neighbourhoodsA series of events to discuss Scotland's ambition for building 20-minute neighbourhoods.(May 6) 1:00 pm - (August 26) 2:30 pm OrganiserThe ALLIANCEEvent TypeWorkshop & TrainingThemeFood & Agriculture

Event Details

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The ALLIANCE Health and Social Care Academy, Disability Equality Scotland (DES) and Mobility Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) new event series explores the benefits and challenges of a 20-minute neighbourhood.

The 20-minute concept has gained attention internationally and has been developed in cities such as Melbourne, Portland and Paris. The concept looks at having all your basic needs – health and social care, shops, work hubs, places to socialise –  met within a 20-minute walk, wheel or cycle from where you live.

The Scottish Government’s 2020-21 Programme for Government (this link will take you away from our website) announced the ambition of 20- minute neighbourhoods and the concept has gained significant traction since the COVID-19 pandemic with people staying closer to home to access support and services.

This event series will be an opportunity to explore the benefits and challenges of 20-minute neighbourhoods and provide a space to consider what’s required to make them truly inclusive, accessible and transformational for everyone in the community.

Each event will involve a panel of expert speakers and a chair. Speakers will include those with an interest and knowledge of the themes. As part of the event there will be time in breakout rooms for participants to discuss these issues in more depth.

The first event will look at introducing the concept and explore what this could look like in the Scottish context. The event will focus on the principles that are required to underpin the development of a 20-minute neighbourhood.

Event Series

  • Exploring Scotland’s 20-minute neighbourhood: Introduction Thu 6th May (13:00 to 14:30pm)
  • Exploring Scotland’s 20-minute neighbourhood: Getting around and accessing services Thursday 17th June (13:00 to 14:30)
  • Exploring Scotland’s 20-minute neighbourhood: Social connection, housing and greenspace Thu 15th July (13:00 to 14:30)
  • Exploring Scotland’s 20-minute neighbourhood: Designing in the community Thu 26th Aug (13:00 to 14:30)

Final details for the event, including confirmed speakers, will be announced over the coming weeks.

The ALLIANCE will hold this event on Zoom and it is not designed to elicit person information from participants. For more information, please read our Privacy Statement.

To sign up to the first event, please send an email to [email protected]  Please get in touch if there is anything, we can do to support your participation, including BSL interpretation and/or Electronic Notetaking.


May 6 (Thursday) 1:00 pm - August 26 (Thursday) 2:30 pm



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