Culture, heritage and leisure

Places of worship

These support social cohesion, culture and heritage.

How we measure it:

  • Distance in metres from outer boundary to the nearest place of worship, with a value of zero if in the community.

(© OpenStreetMap contributors)

Types of workers

Lots of artists and musicians increase diversity of culture.

How we measure it:

  • Proportion of workers in the community that are artists or musicians.

(Census 2011, ONS)

Areas for leisure

Accessible facilities are vital to community spirit and wellbeing.

How we measure it:

  • Distance to nearest leisure facility
  • Distance to nearest grass pitch
  • Distance to nearest sports hall
  • Distance to nearest swimming pool

Distance from outer boundary, with a value of zero if in the community.
(© OpenStreetMap contributors)

Museums, art galleries, music halls, theatres

These promote leisure and cultural activities, which in turn support community heritage.

How we measure it:

  • Distance to nearest museum
  • Distance to nearest art gallery
  • Distance to nearest theatre

Distance from outer boundary, with a value of zero if in the community.
(© OpenStreetMap contributors)

The number of listed buildings

Protecting historical or important buildings helps connect the community with its heritage.

How we measure it:

  • Number of listed buildings in the community.

(© OpenStreetMap contributors)

How we measure wellbeing

Our research identified nine areas that matter for community wellbeing. These areas are grouped into people, places and relationships.

People

  • Education and learning

    The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities.

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  • Health

    Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community.

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  • Economy, work and employment

    Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people.

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Place

  • Culture, heritage and leisure

    Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community.

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  • Transport, mobility and connectivity

    Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities.

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  • Housing, space and environment

    Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages.

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Relationships

  • Relationships and trust

    The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime.

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  • Equality

    Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness.

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  • Voice and participation

    Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond.

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