Dementia and Housing Working Group Members

D&HWG comprises housing providers, professionals and trade bodies working alongside the Alzheimer's Society, academic researchers, representatives of government departments and the health sector, including Department of Communities and Local Government, Homes and Communities Agency, Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England. The D&HWG works across the UK, with particular focus on England.

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Abbeyfield was founded in 1956 by Richard Carr Gomm with the aim of alleviating loneliness in older people and improving their quality of life. That ethos continues today with over 8000 older people enjoying living in the supported, family-like atmosphere Abbeyfield provides in its houses and care homes across the UK and beyond.

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website, and more than 3,000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.


Anchor retirement homes and retirement villages offer vibrant retirement living assisted and independent living opportunities.

The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO)

The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) is the main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK. Retirement communities may also be referred to as retirement villages; extra care housing; housing-with-care; assisted living; close care apartments; or independent living. Founded in 2012, we now have 28 members (private and not-for-profit), who together make up 50% of the UK's retirement community market. ARCO works to: - Promote confidence in the sector by setting standards for retirement communities, and putting in place a kite mark and robust system for self-regulation against the ARCO Consumer Code. - Raise awareness of the retirement community model amongst older people and stakeholders alike. - Increase supply and the volume and quality of expertise within the sector.

The Association for Dementia Studies

The Association for Dementia Studies is an active research and education centre. Our multi-professional team are experts in the field of person-centred dementia care and support. Through research, education and scholarship, we make a cutting-edge contribution to building evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their families that enables them to live well. We have an outstanding track record over a wide portfolio of dementia-related research. We draw on the international evidence-base to deliver education programmes, resources and publications that empower staff to provide skilled, competent and compassionate care. People with dementia, their families and their carers inform our work at all stages.

Care & Repair England

Care & Repair England is an independent charitable organisation which aims to improve older people's housing. It believes that older people should have decent living conditions and be able to live in homes of their own choosing. It promotes and supports the development of practical housing solutions, particularly for older people in private housing. Through pioneering innovative projects with partners it identifies what works best and promotes successful models. It raises awareness of the extent to which older people live poor and unsuitable housing, highlighting the impact on health and well-being, and influencing related policy and practice.

The Chartered Institute of Housing

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple - we want to transform lives. We want everyone to have a decent, affordable home in a thriving, safe community. We believe that our contribution as housing professionals is vital to making communities great places to live. As the professional body for housing, our work is rooted in three main objectives - to support the housing sector to learn, improve and influence. We are also a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation, with education at the core of our charitable status.

DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government)

DCLG is happy to work with DHWG as part of its strategy to ensure that we protect the most vulnerable people in society, including those with dementia, and help them to live safely and as independently as possible and avoid crises. Crucial to this is the integration of housing, health and social care and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Better Care Fund.

DH (Department of Health)

The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.


Foundations is the national body for Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs) and Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) transformation. We are commissioned by DCLG to work with and support HIAs, housing authorities and health and social care commissioners in delivering home adaptations and related services which enable vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes for longer. We provide consultancy, training for staff, promotion and development of new services, and advice and assistance to providers and statutory services to help them meet their responsibilities in keeping people safe, healthy and independent in their communities, and reduce pressure on acute services.

The Guinness Partnership

The Guinness Partnership owns and manages around 60,000 homes and provides care and support services for more than 10,000 people across England. Our core activities comprise housing for social and affordable rent, affordable home ownership, housing for older people and a range of care services, including care at home, extra care, supported and retirement living. We are currently working hard to become a dementia friendly organisation and trialling some initiatives in a pilot area before looking to roll these out across the whole organisation.

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) helps create successful communities by making more homes and business premises available to the residents and businesses who need them. We also regulate social housing providers in England.

Housing 21

Housing 21 is a leading, not for profit provider of Retirement Housing and Extra Care for older people of modest means.
We operate in over 240 local authority areas to support independence and choice for older people through providing quality housing and care, managing around 20,000 properties and providing over 42,000 hours of social care each week.
All Housing 21 staff are Dementia Friends, and contractors and suppliers are encouraged to support the Dementia Friends initiative. We provide regular and ongoing opportunities for our residents to become Dementia Friends.
Previously known as Housing & Care 21, the organisation achieved the Investors in People Gold award in 2018.

The Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC)

The Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC) is the largest UK network of housing and care providers, commissioners and other interested parties who are committed to research into accommodation and care for people with dementia. There are approximately 90 HDRC members; about half of these are providers and commissioners of housing and care and the rest are other interested parties, including academics, architects, advisors, researchers, policy makers and third sector organisations. The broad aim of the HDRC is to achieve timely, appropriate, high quality research focused on 'what works' in order to build a stronger evidence base to support the way services and buildings are designed for people with dementia and to directly influence policy and practice in relation to accommodation and care services for people with dementia in the UK and beyond.

Housing LIN

The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) is the leading 'knowledge hub' for a growing network of housing, health and social care professionals in England involved in planning, commissioning, designing, funding, building and managing housing with care for older people. Led by Jeremy Porteus, the Housing LIN was formerly responsible for managing the Department of Health's (DH) Extra Care Housing capital programme. Sue Garwood is dementia lead. Our key aims with regard to housing and dementia are to: - Raise awareness and understanding of dementia amongst housing professionals so that they can support people with dementia and their families to live well in their own homes and communities, and ensure their physical environment is as dementia-friendly as possible; - Raise awareness and understanding amongst the wider health and social care community of the key role of housing in supporting people living with dementia; that includes both the home environment and enabling housing staff to contribute as part of an integrated workforce.

Life Story Network

We are a social enterprise based in Liverpool that promotes the use of life story work and narrative practices to help people retain their sense of self and remain connected with their families, friends and communities. These approaches are particularly helpful for people living with dementia, whose impairments may make it difficult for those supporting them to get to know them and understand their past lives and present needs and wishes. We are proud to host tide - together in dementia every day - the new national involvement network for carers of people living with dementia.

The National Housing Federation

The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. We believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. That's why we represent the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing. Our members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.

NHS England

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. We set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care. We want everyone to have greater control of their health and their wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

Public Health England

We protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.


Riverside is one of the largest housing association groups in the country, owning and managing over 53,000 properties for more than 100,000 customers across England and Scotland. In addition to providing over 34,000 units of general needs accommodation, providing low cost home ownership, and developing and building homes Riverside delivers supported housing through a supported and retirement living arm of the business which provides services to more than 11,500 customers with a diverse range of housing needs. Riverside Care and Support operates in more than 150 local authorities, uniquely placed to provide innovative and flexible care and support solutions that provide exceptional value to commissioning authorities, customers and communities.


Sitra, (part of Homeless Link), is a membership organisation and a charity that provides a unique combination of policy and representative roles with consultancy and training services. We have over 30 years' experience of providing technical support to commissioners and providers, including in areas of commissioning and strategy, service review and restructure, business planning and needs identification. We have been at the forefront of policy initiatives, collaborating with the Government bodies, promoting innovation and supporting best practice across the housing, support and care sectors. Our incorporation in 2013 of the DH founded Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) widens our expertise in the integration of health, social care and housing, including for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Together with Homeless Link we represent over 850 members from local authorities, Registered Providers and voluntary organisations.

Tunstall Healthcare Group

Tunstall Healthcare Group offers a range of Connected Care and Connected Health solutions across each of its main regions - UK, Nordics, Southern Europe, Central Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Through the use of smart technology underpinned by high quality, high touch services we support older people and those with long term conditions to live independently, securely, healthily and happily as they are able. As the market leading provider of technology-enabled care, we have been working with health, housing and social care partners for nearly 60 years.

Waltham Forest Housing Association (WFHA)

Waltham Forest Housing Association (WFHA) provide housing for families, older people and supported housing for adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism. As an organisation we are working towards becoming dementia friendly. We have trained all staff and board members as Dementia Friends as well as a number of our Contractors. We now incorporate dementia friendly design features in all of our cyclical and improvement work programmes. We also hold events during the year, such as a Reminiscence Silver Surfers event; a fete and a monthly themed Sunshine Club that enables those living with Dementia to be inclusive and participative. WFHA currently Chair the local DAA group and lead on the Housing sub group work locally, which recently held a specific half day Dementia and Housing workshop for housing providers.

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Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes, Housing21