ideasSPACE with Sarah Hickey of Guy's & St Thomas' Charity
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
We need to shape cities that are enticing places to spend your whole life; from infancy and childhood, the teenage years, adulthood and starting a family of your own, and into old age. Only through achieving this will we build accessible, enjoyable, and democratic spaces for citizens; and only through achieving this we will maintain cities as the engine rooms of society, culture, prosperity and life.
How can the design of cities provide healthier starts for children? How can Urban Design ensure shared prosperity for everyone regardless of which postcode they are born into? We speak with a leading light in the fight against childhood obesity, Sarah Hickey, to find out how we can preserve society’s soul.
Previously a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office, sitting within the Social Investment and Finance Team, Sarah Hickey is the Programme Director of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity childhood obesity programme.
The Charity takes a place based approach to tackling complex health challenges in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.