I wrote about a conversation I had with Yiğit Aksakoğlu from the Bernard van Leer Foundation of the Netherlands on early childhood. We had spoken about the foundation’s works on the 0-3 age range. Aksakoğlu had underlined that this age range does not receive public investments. The guidance the foundation provides in partnership with Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University to parents of children aged 0-3 in four Istanbul districts — Beyoğlu, Sarıyer, Maltepe and Sultanbeyli — is profound. Their works on children and the city are very important. How does a three-year-old perceive the city? Are the city’s green spaces sufficient for the children at a time when environmental pollution is very high? Are the playgrounds designed to accommodate the kids comfortably? How utopic, these questions, are for us, right? There is a trend in the world that pushes local administrations to help improve the life quality of children in urban … [Read more...] about What does a child-friendly city look like?
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PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 May 2018 Nathan's Pies and Eels in Barking Road is closing after 50 years trading. Picture: KEN MEARS Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. We must preserve club’s legacy Paul Scott, Sandhurst Drive, Ilford writes: Given the amount of support we have seen lately for Nathans on the Real West Ham Fans Action Group site, I feel that every effort should be made in preserving a pie and mash venue in this neighbourhood to preserve certain aspects of Upton Park’s sporting and cultural legacy regardless of the football team’s move. Although West Ham left the Boleyn Ground in 2016 many supporters and certain local residents believe in keeping the club’s soul within the area where it was based for more than 100 years. Thankfully the world cup winners statue has been saved by local efforts from various people, we also must still campaign to preserve this pie shop as well as The Boleyn Tavern and the … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Nathan’s pies, thanks to volunteers, dementia friendly city and join fight against cancer
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 May 2018 London Mayor Sadiq Khan is working towards a dementia friendly London. Picture: PA PA Wire/PA Images Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week. A demential friendly city Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, writes: There are 72,000 people living with dementia in London and too many face the condition alone and without adequate support. I am proud that, last week, we worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to host the first ever Dementia Friendly London Summit at City Hall, demonstrating our collective commitment towards a dementia friendly London. We want a society where people think and act differently about dementia. I’ve taken Dementia Friend training alongside 150 other City Hall staff. Transport for London has integrated dementia awareness into its equalities training programme and will roll out Dementia Friends sessions across its entire workforce. And all Team London volunteers for the Euro 2020 championships will … [Read more...] about Advertiser letters: Dementia friendly city and councillors’ pay awards
Bristol has applied to a United Nations agency to officially become an ‘Age-friendly City’. If successful it will join 541 cities and communities in 37 countries given the stamp of approval by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Being an Age-friendly City commits a place to creating a friendly environment for old people. Although Bristol is one of the UK’s youngest cities, with a disproportionately high number of people in their 20s and 30s, it is ageing quickly along with much of the rest of the UK. Bristol City Council predicts that by 2024 there will be a 13 per cent rise in people over 65 in the city and that by 2039 there could be up to 44 per cent more pensioners than there are now. There are estimated to be up to 11,400 socially isolated old people in Bristol, while across the UK some 40 per cent of pensioners struggle with a long-term health condition such as diabetes, arthritis or dementia. It is not clear what specific measures will be put in place to make … [Read more...] about Bristol applies to United Nations to officially become ‘Age-friendly City’
Bageri Leve in Malmö serves up mouth-watering vegan fika. Photo: Bageri Leve Malmö may be famous for its falafel, but there’s more to its vegan offering than everyone’s favourite fried chickpea balls. Meander around Malmö and you’ll notice the city has no shortage of places to eat. In fact, Malmö is home to some of Sweden’s top restaurants, with everything from traditional Swedish köttbullar to authentic Syrian cuisine and, OK, more than a handful of falafel restaurants. But there’s something unique about Malmö’s foodie scene, and it isn’t just the ubiquity of Middle Eastern restaurants. “Malmö’s vegan food scene is really diverse,” says Björn Gadd, who runs an Instagram account dedicated to vegan grub in the city. “There’s something for everyone here whether you want ethnic food, cheap eats, or fine dining.” But has Malmö always been … [Read more...] about Could this be Sweden’s most vegan-friendly city?