Ed the campervan helps make Better Places Together

A CAMPERVAN called Ed will be helping to make Liverpool a better place to live. Ed will be the focal point of a series of public events run by award winning social enterprise PLACED. More than 1,000 people are expected to take part in 10 key events as part of the ‘Better Places Together’ campaign over the coming months. Ed is a repurposed campervan, providing a mobile consultation and workshop venue. The events will see PLACED pitching up across Liverpool in central locations and further afield. In their unique and mobile workspace, PLACED are set to tour the city, providing mini-workshops, hands-on activities and organised debates, which tackle topics specific to the immediate pitch location; as well as covering broader built environment issues. The PLACED team will be launching the project with their first event, ‘A Vision of Ropewalks Square’, in Ropewalks Square, Bold Street on the 3rd June 12-4pm where they will be starting a discussion about how the site could be improved, with hands-on activities for all ages to engage in. Founder and Director of PLACED, Jo Harrop explains: “The events planned under our Better Places Together project are designed to celebrate the beauty of our city, to appreciate the challenges we face and to invite the public to engage in design of their local built environment in a fun, captivating and sociable way.” PLACED is based on a belief that by bringing local people and decision makers together, we can create better places – a sentiment which has informed the name and aims of the award winning organisation’s latest project, ‘Better Places Together’. Recognised for their work across the North West, PLACED’s Education and Engagement programmes have been running for 6 years, providing communities with the opportunity to learn about and engage in the built world, including supporting access into professional careers for young people. Activities are delivered by a team of over 80 volunteer PLACED Ambassadors, including architects, urban designers, engineers, planners, interior designers and university students. For further information please visit: www.placed.org.uk