This is a preview of the quick audit

Hello! We’re your local council, and we need your help

Looking after the health of people in our community is one of the important jobs that local councils do. In 2021, for example, we will be busy creating our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. This plan will guide how we will work over the next few years to make our neighbourhood a healthier place to live.  

We are going to be designing places and spaces that kids, like you, use. These spaces include local streets, parks, playgrounds, sportsgrounds, libraries and shopping areas.

It is important that we understand how things can make it easier or harder to be healthy for everyone who lives in our community. To help with this, we want to know what you think and how you would like to use places and spaces in your neighbourhood. 

Your input and ideas will help us to plan for and build healthier places for you, your family and everyone else. We’ll work together, which is why we call this ‘co-design’.

How you can help

We would like you to help us understand just how healthy your neighbourhood is, especially how the different spaces and places contribute to healthy eating and being active. There are three phases to this project.

Phase 1: learning about healthy places

We need you to collect and send us some information to help us learn about what you think is important. 

When we think about what makes a healthy place we need to think about its physical and social features. 

Physical features are things we can see. Examples of physical features might be whether you have a park nearby, and what equipment it has, or whether there are a lot of fast food places near you or shops that sell fresh food. It could also be that activities are too expensive and mean that some people might not be able to participate. 

Social features might be harder to notice, because these are about how people interact with each other, the different rules that help people understand how to act, or how these spaces might make people feel. 

Examples of social features might include:

Here is a video you can watch to help you think about how different places and spaces affect healthy eating and being active

The video showed some examples of how the physical and social features in your surroundings can affect healthy eating and being active in different ways. 

Of course, there are many other ways that your surroundings can affect your healthy eating or being active. Can you think of some more?

Phase 2:  collecting information about your everyday places

Next, we would like you to think about where you live and the places where you go in your neighbourhood and answer the following question:

What are the physical and social features of your neighbourhood that might affect healthy eating and being active?

There are lots of different ways you could collect information (called ‘data’) to help answer the question.

But for this task we want you to complete a quick audit of your local neighbourhood. By ‘quick audit’ we mean we want you to look closely at the neighbourhood you live in and then collect some data. Data is any kind of evidence that helps us answer the question.

Below is a list of some of the ways you can complete your quick audit and collect your data. You can use these methods to describe the places you want us to know more about. 

You could:

You can choose just one or use a combination. 

When you get your file – that’s your photo, drawing, sound recording, poem, word cloud or map – ready for uploading you can add arrows, circles or words. This will really help us and others make sense of the information you have collected. 

Resources to help you 

Look at the examples in the Kids Gallery to see different types of data that other kids have collected and how they‘ve added arrows, circles and words to highlight the important information. 

You’ll notice that there are no people in the images in the gallery – if there had been people in the photos they would have had to have their faces edited out with emojis or made blurry. You will need to do this too.

Check out this video to learn how you can use Adobe Spark to blur out people’s faces and add arrows or circle things. There are also lots of other apps you can use to do this. 

When you have finished preparing your information, upload your saved file – that’s your photo, drawing, sound recording, poem, word cloud or map. You can upload and share your files with us by using the link below. 

When you click on the link you will be asked to provide some basic information about yourself and then you will be asked to upload your files.

What happens next?

Phase 3: the Kids Co-designing Healthy Places workshop

Once you’ve uploaded your files, either your teacher or the council staff running the project will add them to the files from all the other kids doing the project. All the data that have been collected will be used in a workshop to come up with possible solutions for creating healthier places. Depending on how many kids the organisers can include, you or your class might be invited to the workshop to look at all the stories and help use the information to co-design healthy solutions.

Some time after the workshop, the council will report back to you about how they used your solutions in their plans.