The Cass Foundation exists to research and draw attention to the links between people’s health and their environment, and to be involved in practical projects and programmes which aim to improve people’s health by improving the places in which they live.
1) To advance the education of the public in the techniques and practices of creating, managing and conserving places, both urban and rural, including buildings, open spaces and landscapes which promote and aim to promote good health for the benefit of the public.
2) To promote good health by creating, managing and conserving places, both urban and rural, including buildings, open spaces and landscapes for the benefit of the public in particular the people of England and Wales.
How we came about...
The Foundation was established in 2012 by Richard Cass because of his concern that at the same time that very large amounts of money were going into increasingly expensive medical treatments, many of the illnesses being treated were brought about, or affected by, the places in which people lived.
Although strong and convincing evidence has existed for some years to demonstrate this, decisions about how places are planned and built rarely address the health impacts of those decisions. Similarly, there is comparatively little connection between the resources being invested in health care and investment in places in a way which could reduce ill health and the costs of health care.
This is particularly the case for comparatively deprived/disadvantaged communities, where poor health (and so high health care costs) normally co-exists with other problems such as unemployment, poverty, poor housing and educational under-achievement.
What we do...
The Foundation works with individuals, organisations and communities to research, collaborate on, promote and deliver projects that focus on health and the environment. We follow the guidance from the Charity Commission on public benefit and are committed to working collaboratively, to working with real people in real places and to work in an evidence-based way.
local residents helping out in in one of The Cass Foundation's green infrastructure improvements, Alt Meadows
Bulb planting in Everton Park