Today we hosted the third workshop in the Urban Heat research project. This is an 18-month research process into community-led responses to urban heatwaves, with a particular focus on the local impact on vulnerable people. The research is led by the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster, with funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
For the details of the wider project, please see our short posts on the two previous workshops in June and July. TTT has been inviting and convening local groups to take part, and hosting the events.

Today’s workshops saw diverse Tooting community organisations meet a group representing the strategic and borough-wide institutions who have a mandate to act on heatwaves alongside many other priorites.
This was not intended to be adversarial…! The purpose was to bring together key players who respond at different local and city ‘levels’ to heatwaves, all in the interest of local people’s wellbeing and health.

The community groups summed up their ideas and proposals identified so far, and these were grouped into three themes:

  • Bridging and making connections
  • Communications and awareness
  • Resources and infrastucture

Everyone present discussed each theme in detail – so we can all understand, anticipate and respond to the impact of urban heatwaves, together. There was a lot to talk about!
The research team will be summing up points made and actions proposed. This is ‘action research’ – it is up to us all locally to decide which of these ideas are most valuable and can be put into practice, while the researchers continue with the next steps of the project.
We’ll keep you informed.

Represented today were: Age UK (Wandsworth), Be Enriched, Emergency Planning at St George’s Hospital Trust, Furzedown Low Carbon Zone, Housing Strategy & Development at London Borough of Wandsworth, Neighbourhood Network SW17, Public Health at London Borough of Wandsworth, Thinking Works and Transition Town Tooting. Thank you all!