Mapping for Change


We Care for Our Air Redbridge

Visit our interactive community map to share ‘pollution hotspots’ and see where monitors have been placed. 

Project Overview

The London Borough of Redbridge has launched a new project to improve the air quality in the borough and raise awareness about the issue of air pollution. Key dates and project progress will be available on the Redbridge Council website.

Air pollution is harmful to our health, but it is especially so for younger children and older people. Every year, 9,400 people die early in London because of poor air quality – with people living in poorer areas being even more at risk. 

We Care for Our Air‘ is a project which aims to monitor and increase awareness of local air quality. It is focused on three areas within the borough, Loxford, Newbury Park and Goodmayes. These areas have been identified as having some of the highest rates of illness associated with air pollution.  

We Care for Our Air will run from March 2023 to March 2025 with ongoing evaluation to assess changes in local air quality, air quality awareness, residents’ behaviour, and health outcomes.

Air your views!

We want to know what you think and how you feel about the air quality where you live and work.

  • Do you or a family member suffer from breathing issues?
  • Are you happy with the air where your children play and go to school?
  • Are there areas local to your home that you feel are heavily polluted?

Your responses will help us understand what you know about air pollution and create ways to safeguard the health of Redbridge residents.

We encourage Redbridge residents to air their views through this short survey. You can also opt into the prize draw with the chance to win a bike, scooter, or shopping vouchers!

Community Action

With no prior experience, local residents have been monitoring nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) in the spaces near to their homes and around their neighbourhood. We provided all the equipment and training required and will analyse and share the results every month. There will be further opportunities to get involved throughout the project, including cycle training and raising awareness.

Watch this short video to see how our volunteers set up their monitors at home:

In parallel, we will be working with local primary schools to engage the pupils in awareness raising workshops and air pollution monitoring, as well as providing cycle training to encourage active travel.

The Results

The gathered data will inform the development of targeted strategies and campaigns that will enable residents, particularly vulnerable groups such as school-aged children, to make behaviour changes that reduce their exposure to harmful air pollution. 

We will produce an interactive community map to visualise the project data. The map will identify areas with higher levels of air pollution, enabling residents and visitors to make informed choices about outdoor activities and travel routes to minimise their exposure to harmful pollution. 


This is a London Borough of Redbridge project funded by DEFRA. Mapping for Change is a key delivery partner alongside PWLC Projects and Whistlejacket London.

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CIVACT - Promoting civic engagement among youth through district development

CIVACT is a EU-funded, two-year project which aims to address the lack of civic engagement among hard-to-reach youths in urban areas. The goal is to understand how can we empower young people to become the driving force for change through observing and analysing their neighbourhood’s resources and challenges.


Funded under the Swiss Block Grant, Mapping for Change in collaboration with the Centre for Training and Personal Development MERITUM, the Cultural Authority City of Gardens and Highways 4 Elements carried out a two year training programme in the Silesia region of Poland.