Housing LIN Summit 2024 - A Festival of Ideas

Event date



Monday 26 February 2024

Exploring the Future Landscape of Extra Care Housing: Innovations, Challenges, and Emerging Trends

With the government's Older People's Housing Taskforce in full swing and due to report in 2024, we are thrilled to kick off this year's annual Summit (virtual) with a session on the past, present and future of extra care housing, supported by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust (ECCT).

Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO of Housing LIN, you'll hear from: 

  • Michael Wilkes-Spellman, Wellbeing Research and Innovation Lead Manager at ECCT.
    Insights into ECCT's extra care journey

  • Resident Ambassador, ECCT (tbc)
    The transformative impact of transitioning to extra care housing on their lives.

  • Helen Whately, Minister for Social Care, Department of Health and Social Care and jointly commissioned the Older People's Housing Taskforce (tbc)

  • Richard Webb, Corporate Director for Health and Adult Services at North Yorkshire Council
    How extra care housing plays a key role in delivering their strategic outcomes.
  • Prof Vic Rayner OBE, CEO, National Care Forum
    The importance of care in housing with care.

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to The ExtraCare Charitable Trust who made this session possible.

Understanding Your Audience: Elevating Marketing Approaches for Housing for Older People

What is the latest consumer research into the housing preferences of older people? This session will answer this and provide examples of how the specialist housing sector should respond to better market its later living offer.

In addition, with the Older People's Housing Taskforce exploring how well are older people aware of their housing options and where they can access information and advice, we'll gain insights from the Centre for Ageing Better’s Good Home Hubs pilots on how older people are supported to navigate the complexities of what housing best suits their lifestyle choices.

We will also learn from their CEO, Dr Carole Easton OBE, about their latest campaign challenging the way we think about ageing, Age Without Limits (opens new window), and consider whether we could do better to address a negative stereotype of housing for older people.

A big thank you to Shakespeare Martineau solicitors who made this session possible.

Tuesday 27 February 2024

A HAPPI Life: Designing the Next-Generation of Housing for Older People

Building on December's HAPPI Awareness Week, which focused on the 15-year anniversary of the HAPPI panel, we are delighted to collaborate with award-winning architects at PRP for this session on designing a new generation of housing for people in later life. 

Chaired by Clare Cameron, Director at PRP, this session will illustrate how their forward-thinking designs have consistently raised the quality threshold of how housing for older people is designed and constructed; in particular, connecting with communities, purposeful living and regenerating sites to meet future aspirations. 

You'll hear from: 

  • Anchor speaker (tbc)

  • Mark Walker, Associate Director and Simon Atkins, Directors at PRP
    Connecting communities, purposeful living and regenerating sites to meet future aspirations 
  • Colum Lowe, Director at Design Age Institute
    New insights from their latest publication into the role of design in supporting aging well entitled 'Design Age Ideas'. 

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to PRP who made this session possible.

Creating Vibrant Later Living Homes and Communities

This session supported by Lovell Later Living (LLL) highlights the importance of creating age-friendly homes and communities for living well in later life.

Chaired by Paula Broadbent, Managing Director of Lovell Later Living, this session will delve into a diverse range of developments, all geared towards providing a lifelong home and fostering a thriving community for residents. We will also get an update on the progress of the Older People’s Housing Taskforce.

  • 14:30 - Welcome and Session Format

  • 14:35 - Chair's Introduction
  • 14:40 - Emerging findings from the Taskforce: What's the evidence?

  • 14:55 - Mary Parsons, Regeneration and Partnerships Director at Lovell Partnerships @Lovell_UK (opens new window)

  • 15:10 - Bob Tomlinson, founder of Living Villages, designers and developers of The Wintles in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, and Director of Village Makers - @Bob Tomlinson  (opens new window)

  • 15:25 - The John Morden Centre - creating a sense of belonging within a retirement complex and day centre.

  • 15:40 - Questions from the Audience

  • 16:00 - Chair's Summary and Close

A big thank you to Lovell Later Living who made this session possible.

Wednesday 28 February 2024

Advancing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Housing for Older Adults

Supported by leading specialist retirement housing operator, Housing 21, this session puts the spotlight on how the sector is embracing equality, diversity and inclusion in the way it delivers housing, care and support for older people.

Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO of Housing LIN, the session will set out Housing 21's work in a range of deprived communities to overturn the marginal housing choices on offer for older people, including cohousing. We will also be joined by colleagues from two University-led research projects that are actively including people to codesign solutions that address their experiences of housing inequity and health and care inequalities.

Hear from:

  • Ian Hodson, Director of People and Culture and Tahir Idris, Respect and Inclusion Partner, Housing 21
  • Teresa Atkinson, Senior Research Fellow, and Julie Barrett, Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC) Research Coordinator, The University of Worcester
    Shares how the DemECH project supports people with dementia in extra care housing.
  • Bashir Uddin, Chief Executive at Bangla Housing Association and Manik Deepak-Gopinath, Lecturer, The Open University
    Outlines Amar Bari, Amar Jibon (My Home, My Life) project's seminal research with the Bangladeshi probin community in East London.

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to Housing 21 who made this session possible.

Navigating the Digital Switchover: Switching TAPPI on

With the upcoming TAPPI (Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) research launch, we are delighted to bring you a sneak preview of the work of the TAPPI 'testbeds' and take a wider look at how telecare, digital and assistive technologies can best facilitate care and support at home.

Supported by headline sponsor Tunstall Healthcare we will hear about how technology underpins their partner's housing and care management services. Chaired by Sue Kay, CEO at Dunhill Medical Trust, we'll be joined by:

  • Guest speaker (tbc)Tunstall Healthcare 
  • Professor Roy Sandbach OBE, Chair of the TAPPI Inquiry
  • Alyson Scurfield, CEO of Tec Services Association (TSA) and co-founder of the TEC Action Alliance
  • Debra Edwards (invited), Co-production Champion on the TAPPI project and resident, Haringey London
    The TAPPI impact 
  • Dr. Hannah Marston, Research Fellow at The Open University
    Research into urban ageing, the built environment and digital exclusion.

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to Tunstall Healthcare who made this session possible.

Thursday 29 February 2024

Cultivating Leadership: Inspiring the Next Wave of Talent and Future Leaders

Supported by Inspired Villages Group (IVG) this session will hear from Jamie Bunce, CEO of IVG, about why it is vital that our sector encourages nurturing talent and what investing in our future leaders means for his organisation.

Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO of Housing LIN, we will also be joined by the recently concluded 3rd cohort of Housing LIN’s Future Leaders’ Programme who will share in a series of conversations their hopes and aspirations for the sector in their early career, and how the Future Leaders’ Programme has helped to begin to forge their career paths.

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to Inspired Villages Group who made this session possible.

Crafting a Vision to Transform our Future Homes

Supported by headline sponsor Innovate UK this session takes a detailed look at innovative UK and international approaches to planning for our ageing population.

Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO of Housing LIN, he will be joined by:

  • George MacGinnis, Director of UKRI's Healthy Ageing Challenge
    Their investments to spawn innovation in planning for age-friendliness.
  • Jon Rouse CBE, co-lead of the Older People's Housing Taskforce ‘places’ workstream, City Director at Stoke City Council and former CEO of Greater Manchester Combined Authorities
    How councils could apply essential ingredients for planning for an ageing population.
  • Professor Alison Bowes, Professor, University of Stirling
    ESRC-funded research, the DesHCA Project and scaling for ageing.
  • James Pickard, co-founder of urban design practice Pickard Catwright
    Find out about their UKRI-funded international research with the Royal College of Art on pioneering design to plan for later life
  • Ian Copeman, Business Director at Housing LIN
    Insights into working within localities to assess older people's housing needs and aspirations

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to Innovate UK who made this session possible.

Friday 01 March 2024

CollaborAGE: Innovative mainstream and specialist housing solutions

We kick off the final day of this year's virtual Summit with a session on collaborative forms of housing and care supported by headline sponsor, The Guinness Partnership.

Chaired by Paul Love, Group Director of Care and Support at The Guinness Partnership, this session explores a selection of approaches that can help build resilience. Drawing on the Housing LIN term coined CollaborAGE, we'll hear from:

  • Lynn Lewis, Director of Independent Living at The Guinness Partnership
  • Nick Sinclair, Director of the Local Area Coordination Network
    Going hyper-local!
  • Joe Farrington-Douglas, Senior Policy Fellow, The Health Foundation
    Showcasing their recent report on health disparities and housing impact.
  • Professor Karen West and Jim Hudson, Senior Research Associates from the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol
    Update on the Collaborative Housing and Innovative Care (CHIC) project (opens new window)

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to Guinness Partnership who made this session possible.

Inclusive Spaces: Retrofitting to Adapt our Homes for 21st Century Standards

We close our week-long virtual Summit with a session supported by Invisible Creations/ProCare Ltd and Johnnie Johnson Housing/Astraline on interventions to improve the existing quality of housing for older people. 

From refurbishments and upgrades to adaptations and use of technology, we look forward to learning more about the practical improvements and sustainable solutions that ensure that sheltered housing and other forms of independent living choices are genuine housing resources for older people.

We are also pleased to announce that Lord Best, chair of the current APPG on Housing and Care for Older People Inquiry, Regenerating Outdated Sheltered Housing, will be speaking on his Inquiry's emerging findings and sharing his personal views on how and why sheltered housing needs to adapt to remain an appropriate housing choice in the 21st Century. 

We'll also be joined by:

  • Joe McLoughlin, Managing Director at Astraline (JJH)
  • Kirstie Kalonji, Sales & Marketing Manager at Procare
  • Vikki McCall, Professor of Social Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling

Full session agenda to follow.

A big thank you to Invisible Creations, ProCare Ltd and Johnnie Johnson Housing who made this session possible.