Housing LIN Virtual Summit 2023 - A Festival of Ideas

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Browse and register your FREE place below on one or more of our ten HAPPI Hour-style sessions. First come, first served! 

Monday 27 February 2023

Last time movers and shakers: Market shaping older people's housing

This session will see the official launch of Shakespeare Martineau’s White Paper on housing for older people,Moving On: Could later living be the answer to the housing crisis’. With the government promising an Older People’s Housing Task Force, this timely paper calls for a more expansive ‘rightsizer’ housing market for our ageing population across all tenures. 

The session will share and reflect on the ‘housing lifecycle’ findings from this White Paper with expert speakers from the consumer sector, academia and the social and private sector extra care/retirement living.

Chaired by Louise Drew, Partner and Head of the Building Communities team at Shakespeare Martineau solicitors, who will be speaking and joined by:

  • Professor Peter Roberts OBE, former chair of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and an Emeritus Professor at Leeds University
  • Ruth Jennings, Executive Director of Care and East Midlands Housing Group
  • Emma Webster, Head of Corporate Affairs and Political Engagement at Life Story Group
  • Tony Watts OBE, writer and founder of the Age Action Alliance.

You can also read Louise Drew’s latest guest blog for the Housing LIN here.

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, Shakespeare Martineau solicitors (opens new window).

People + Place = Connected Communities

As set in this directory of practice, CollaborAGE the Housing LIN has long been a champion of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and how it aligns with community-led housing and coproduced approaches to create more resilient communities that care and support each other.

In this session, we take deep dive into why ABCD is an important ingredient in nurturing local communities to break down barriers and have an inclusive voice and collectively shape the neighbourhoods they live in.

We will also explore cohousing and how as a social and physical asset it connects people and places to provide an attractive housing and lifestyle alternative for people who have a strong community-driven value base and a desire to challenge the social, health and housing inequalities in our communities.  

Chaired by Bruce Moore, CEO at Housing 21, who will be speaking and joined by:

  • Cormac Russell, Founding Director of Nuture Development and co-author of his most recent book, ‘The Connected Community- Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods (opens new window)’.
  • Lucy Hales, Head of Cohousing at Housing 21, on their strategic direction and operational experiences of creating cohousing solutions in deprived neighbourhoods.
  • Dr Yael Arbell from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University who specialises in research on cohousing and inequalities.
  • Professor Karen West and Dr Jim Hudson, University of Bristol School for Policy Studies who lead on the Collaborative Housing in Care (CHIC) Project.

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, Housing 21 (opens new window).

Tuesday 28 February 2023

Better EngAGED - a place to live

Part One

The first half of this session will focus on the work of the ExtraCare Charitable Trust (ECCT) and their Lottery Funded Engaged Lives programme run in extra care housing retirement villages which embrace older age as a period of possibilities. 

The session will also explore how ECCT use tools such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural approaches to remove barriers to social connectedness and the development of our Friendly Faces Volunteer role and community team.

We will hear from ECCT’s Michael Spellman, their Wellbeing Research and Innovation Lead Manager, who along with video contributions from residents will talk about how they worked collaboratively to support and befriend residents at their retirement villages and the wider community in order to overcome personal obstacles to connections, especially during the pandemic, and how this has been sustained since.

Part Two

The second part of the session will take an international and UK look at loneliness and isolation through the lens of creating compassionate and caring communities for people with dementia in Sweden. It will explore the findings from the recent publication by the Campaign to End Loneliness, ‘Tackling loneliness through the built environment’.

Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO at Housing LIN, we will be joined by:

  • Michael Spellman, Wellbeing Research and Innovation Lead Manager at the ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • Wilhelmina Hoffman, President of Svenskt Demenscentrum in Stockholm (and working closely with the Queen of Sweden’s charity)
  • Robin Hewings, Programme Director at Campaign to End Loneliness, who will present on the recent report.
  • Matthew Morgan from the Quality of Life Foundation on their work to deliver better qualitative housing outcomes for people in later life.

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, ExtraCare Charitable Trust (opens new window)

Inspiring young talent: investing in our future housing and care leaders

With our health and care in crisis, the first part of this session will focus on key leadership qualities needed to motivate staff at a time of considerable workforce challenge and also consider the essential strategic and operational ingredients to enable the housing and care sectors to flourish.   

The second half of this session will draw on the experience of the recently concluded 2nd cohort of Housing LIN’s Future Leaders’ Programme and offer a series of conversations with participants about 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.

Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO at Housing LIN, we will be joined by:

Wednesday 01 March 2023

Telecares: Technology and Healthy Ageing at Home

A prime objective for technology-based health and care services is to support citizens with their housing, health, and care needs. A positive step forward has been the Government prioritising technology as a means to improve these services, as outlined in its Urgent and Emergency Care Plan. And, as reinforced by the work of TAPPI, there is a growing understanding that objectives need to incorporate citizen-focused outcomes. In short, technology needs not only to deliver tangible benefits for the health and social care economy, but also for citizens, as highlighted by the recent County Councils Network / Tunstall Healthcare report, Adopting the right technology to transform social care .

Chaired by Iain MacBeath, Strategic Director of Health & Wellbeing at Bradford Metropolitan District Council, we will be joined by:

  • Angus Honeysett, Head of Market Access at Tunstall Healthcare and Jonathan Rallings, Senior Policy Advisor at the County Councillors Network (CCN) who will discuss the forthcoming CCN report " Adopting the Right Technology to Transform Social Care" with an emphasis on housing.
  • Bola Akinwale, Deputy Director for the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programm at NHS England. Bola will consider how technology solutions and better integrated services can improve people's outcomes, reducing the need for crisis support, hospital admission, care home placements accident and emergency attendance.
  • Alyson Scurfield, CEO at the TEC Services Association, will report on the progress of TAPPI Phase Two
  • along with Susan Kay, CEO at Dunhill Medical Trust and Professor Roy Sandbach OBE, TAPPI Chair, who will join for a panel discussion on the report and how to align the findings."

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, Tunstall Healthcare (opens new window).

Smart About Ageing - An Inclusion Revolution

This session will explore how you can design, create, and build homes for the future. Drawing on international and UK examples, it will focus on how simple, thoughtful design, and community-based co-production can create more inclusive homes that support people to live and age well in their own homes.

Chaired by Yvonne Castle, CEO at Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust, we will be joined by:

  • Laura Wood, Director at Invisible Creations
  • Karen Owens, Business Development Manager, ProCare Ltd's
  • Joe McLoughlin, Managing Director at Astraline
  • Jane Bringolf, Founding Director of Centre of Universal Design Australia
  • Dr Vikki McCall, University of Stirling - the principal investigator of a new research project, Intersectional Stigma of Place-based Ageing (ISPA) and co-ordinator of a new Inclusive Living Alliance.

We are thankful to this session's sponsors, Johnnie Johnson Housing Group (opens new window), ProCare (opens new window) and Invisible Creations (opens new window).

Thursday 02 March 2023

New models of care and support – reimagining our housing offer

The government’s 2021 Reform White Paper, Putting People at the Heart of Care, shared a very strong message about housing. It stated that "every decision about care is a decision about housing" and set aside funding to support local councils and their partners to transform the way they strategically plan and can meet the future housing and care needs of their local populations. 

The £300m Housing Transformation Fund and other capital and revenue allocations provide an opportunity for our sector to rethink our current service offer and coproduce with our older residents and people with long term conditions the types of housing choices and new models of personalised care and support at home that they aspire to.  

This session will unpack the policy ambitions and also consider how we can reimagine what care will look like in the future, including contributions from policy leads at the Department of Health and Social Care who will set out the government's transformation plans and how it seeks to improve the quality of housing, care and support. This includes specialist housing such as extra care to the extra care and support that can enable someone to live independently at home.

Chaired by Paul Love, Guinness Partnership, we will be joined by:

  • Debby Ounsted CBE, Director at Funding Affordable Homes and a Commissioner on the forthcoming Archbishops’ influential Commission report, ‘Reimagining Care: A National Covenant for England’.
  • Andrew van Doorn OBE, CEO at the Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT), a non-executive director of a NHS Foundation Trust and formerly worked at the Department of Health.
  • Claire Astbury Head of Housing Strategy & Development, Luton Borough Council, will reflect last year’s ADASS East of England guide, Putting People at the heart of new housing development: Coproducing the place we call home (opens new window)
  • Teresa Atkinson, from the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester, will share the findings from the recently concluded NIHR SSCR funded DemECH project on dementia and extra care housing.

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, Guinness Partnership (opens new window).

Designing for Health and Wellbeing

This PRP showcase puts the spotlight on designing for health and wellbeing. It will:

  • bring forward the facts and science behind wellbeing in homes, introducing the essential elements that contribute to creating a healthy environment and revealing their impacts on the users' physical, mental and social wellbeing
  • reflect on how architects can design buildings to holistically consider the wellbeing of residents, using case studies to illustrate how building design can bring wellbeing through maximum natural light, spaces to encourage movement and activity, interaction with the community and purposeful daily living
  • explain how a well-designed landscaped garden in the right setting can help improve the quality of life for residents, create enjoyment and encourage older residents to live a more active and stimulating life, all of which helps to combat the effects of declining cognitive ability. The presentation will focus on the relevant landscape principles that should be adopted when designing for Dementia.

Chaired by Clare Cameron, Director, PRP, we will be joined by:

  • Mary Hutchison, Associate Director, PRP

  • Angeli Ganoo-Fletcher, Director, PRP

  • Kartikeya Rajput, Associate, PRP

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, PRP architects (opens new window).

Friday 03 March 2023

Sustainable retirement living: A climate for change - from sustainability and retrofit to current market conditions

Chaired by Lord Best, this session is in two parts:

The first half of this session will feature the work of Faithful+Gould and explore the key opportunities and barriers to delivering sustainability in residential retirement living properties.

We will be joined by:

  • Annabel Thorne, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould and Peter Dunn, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould will present on how to decarbonise your estate through cost-effective and programme optimised net zero pathways
  • Susan Rugg, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould, will provide an overview of the current market conditions and delivery pressures.

The second half of this session will focus on the work of Innovate UK and the UKRI's Healthy Ageing Challenge and also explore an example of Modern Methods of Construction to create much needed supported housing for people with a learning disability in Dorset.

We will be joined by:

  • George MacGinnis, Challenge Director, UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge who will showcase a selection of their funded projects across the UK that demonstrate the impact of sustainable place-based and housing regeneration solutions.
  • Adam Fitzgerald, Programme Manager, Building Better Lives at Housing, Dorset Council will share the learning from the development of 18 properties in Wareham, Dorset, to meet the urgent demand for housing for people with learning difficulties or mental health problems, and temporary accommodation to support homeless people, as recently featured in the Housing LIN Housing and Care Good Practice Guide (opens new window) for SW ADASS and SW Councils.

We are thankful to this session's sponsors, Faithful+Gould (opens new window) and UKRI (opens new window).

Accelerating delivery of Later Living Solutions - Doing the Right thing and Challenging the Status Quo

The cross-government Older People’s Housing TaskForce announced last year in a Parliamentary Debate is committed to exploring how to provide better choice, quality and security of housing for older people.

This Lovell Later Living session puts the spotlight on how the sector can boost and accelerate the delivery of both standalone later living solutions and mixed tenure solutions as part of wider age-friendly place-based community regeneration. It will:

  • Share customer insight to what older people expect and need in later life, evidencing why we should challenge the status quo of what we typically deliver.
  • Share examples of later living driving better social, health, and wellbeing outcomes in perpetuity through place shaping to deliver mixed use intergenerational co-living environments.
  • Present innovative partnership delivery models which drive quality, pace and diversity, that secures private sector investment and public sector efficiencies.

Chaired by Paula Broadbent at Lovell Later Living, she will be speaking and joined by:

  • Professor Les Mayhew, ILC (UK) and Bayes Business School, on his report for the International Longevity Centre on the older people's housing market, 'Future-proofing retirement living: Easing the care and housing crises'. 
  • Mary Parsons, Regeneration and Partnerships Director at Lovell Partnerships and formerly Executive Director at Places for People
  • Greg Wilkinson at Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will outline the aims and objectives of the Task Force
  • Patrick Devlin, a partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, a HAPPI award-winning practice

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, Lovell Later Living (opens new window).