Marmot City Workshop
Some delegates at one of the workshops.

A series of workshops were held to celebrate Coventry as a Marmot City, and the work that has been done to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.

The event was organised by Public Health on behalf of the Marmot Partnership and saw representatives from University College London's Institute of Health Equity visit the city to hear from a range of Marmot Partner organisations. 

Coventry became a Marmot City in 2013 to reduce health inequalities in the city. The workshops aimed to celebrate what Coventry has achieved over the last 10 years, looking back on some of the successes of that work and how it can take its work as a Marmot City forward.

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:

"We are so proud to be the first Marmot City and of the pioneering, innovative work being done across the city.

"The Marmot work has become a part of our culture and tackling health inequalities are first and foremost in everything we do. We are also an inclusive city, and being a Marmot city brings us together to help make the city a healthier place to work, grow and live for everyone.

"The reflection workshops helped us share some of our many successes over the past 10 years, but also acted as a launchpad for the next steps in our work. We now look forward to continuing our work to make Coventry a more equal city where everyone has the support and opportunities, they need to live happy, healthy lives."

The general manager of Coventry's Family and Lifestyles 0-19 service who attended the best start in life workshop said:

"It was a fabulous opportunity to reflect on all we have done to reduce health inequalities and particularly for Family Health and Lifestyles service, give all children the best start in life.

"Our services strive to meet the different needs of communities, and this was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the success of what we have already done and challenge ourselves to do more to meet the changing needs of children and families."

Work over the past 10 years has also seen the Council and partners address the gap in employment by creating local job opportunities, help people out of poverty and support good health, and attract inward investment into the city.

See more about the work of Coventry as a Marmot City.

Published: Friday, 24th May 2024