This week’s HLINks: 20-24 July 2020

Jeremy talks…

Welcome to Jeremy talks and my weekly piece to audio (opens new window) to coincide with the Housing LIN's weekly bulletin, HLINks, week ending 24 July.

Back in April, as Coronavirus was taking hold, I wrote a blog about how for the majority our homes are ill-prepared for accommodating home working. I pointed out that it is not just about the design and use of our physical space for live/work, it's also about the social architecture and our relationship with the places where we live and work.

A few months on, working on the kitchen table to using a spare room as an office has become “the new norm” for many. Indeed, COVID-19 has been transformational in the way we have rapidly had to look at the design of our home and the use of indoor and even outdoor space for homeworking. It is also creating a rethink about the design and use of office accommodation too and the nature of work.

To better understand about this transformation, and to capture and share learning and thought-leadership, we have partnered with an international group of academic and non-academic organisations to establish the WorkHome Project (opens new window). Take a look at the project’s Mission and accompanying blogs, podcasts and resources. You can also follow the Workhome Project on Twitter at: @workhomeproject (opens new window)

In this week’s HLINks you can also find out about the STOP Ageism campaign we have signed up to and read a round-up of relevant news and events on housing, health and social care matters. Check all of this out in our latest weekly bulletin on our website or register online to receive our alerts and other notifications of your choice sent direct to your inbox.

And, if you would like to talk with us about any matters highlighted and/or share learning about your work, email ‘Jeremy talks’ at:

You can also listen to Jeremy talks… here (opens new window)

Best wishes and stay safe,


This week HLINks also includes:

  • a round-up of latest/updated Covid-19 resources and guidance relevant to the sector
  • A new guest blog by a long term Sheltered Housing resident where she reflects on the housing and care needs of older and disabled people living around her.
  • our usual a round-up of news headlines and new resources on housing, ageing, design and technology, planning, health and care, calls for information
  • In association with Tetlow King Planning, the updated Older People’s Care Development – Local Development Plan Monitoring
  • Next week we are expecting 2 new guest blogs. The first by Professor Karen West at the University of Bristol on their bereavement and extra care housing project with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Cruse Bereavement. This is followed by Josh Gallagher’s on Advanced Care Planning and end of life care in a housing setting. For more information on bereavement and end of life care, check out our dedicated webpages.

The Housing LIN would like to thank Willmott Dixon for their support in producing this newsletter.

Stay well, stay connected and be safe!