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The Quality of Life Foundation is addressing the changes that can be made across the development industry to ensure that homes are acquired, planned, constructed, and managed to actively provide a better quality of life for everyone. It has developed a framework to bring together, collect and measure the elements that contribute to quality of life in housing and neighbourhoods. These have been defined as  Control, Health, Nature, Wonder, Movement, Belonging. 

For more information, please visit the foundation website https://www.qolf.org/

Which are the 6 Quality of Life Framework themes and how do my pins relate to them?

Control

This location could be:

  • where you have contributed to making it better
  • where you feel a sense of safety and security

Health

This location could be:

  • a place where the air quality is good
  • where you for exercise/ recreation/ sports

Nature

This location could be:

  • a place where you enjoy being with plants and wildlife
  • a place where you grow things like food

Wonder

This location could be:

  • a spiritual place
  • a place that feels unique and special to you

Movement

This location could be:

  • a place with good transport links
  • a regular route that you take (by car, bike, cycle, walking, or public transport)

Belonging

This location could be:

  • where you connect with others
  • where people of different backgrounds meet
  • where you access local services like a shop or doctor's surgery

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What is the Quality of Life Framework 

The Quality of Life Framework addresses the changes that can be made across the development industry to ensure that homes are acquired, planned, constructed, and managed to actively provide a better quality of life for everyone. The Framework attempts to bring together all the elements relating to the built environment that contribute to quality of life such as Control, Health, Nature, Wonder, Movement, Belonging. 

What is Quality of Life?

"The aim of the Quality of Life Foundation is to improve people’s quality of life by making health and wellbeing central to the way we create and care for our homes and communities.

Quality of life describes a person’s physical, social, and psychological wellbeing. It draws attention to the accumulated impact of the day-to-day, which is the level to which individuals may feel their lives to be happy, active, sociable, interesting, and meaningful. It encompasses a multiplicity of desirable conditions that are overlapping and have different scales, but which are partly influenced by the built environment – the buildings and neighbourhoods where people live. We believe that if we can improve this built environment then we can improve people’s quality of life."

- Professor Sadie Morgan OBE, Chair, Quality of Life Foundation

For more information, please visit the Quality of Life Foundation website.

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