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HLINks Weekly: Housing, Health, and Social Care News

Monday 2 October 2023

Before diving into last week's news highlights, we'd like to acknowledge the recent International Day of Older Persons.

This year’s theme encourages people to be curious and proud of their place. To mark the occasion, we're thrilled to release a new Inspirational Achievement, in collaboration with the United St. Saviours Charity, reimagining modern inner-city almshouses.

Also in today's newsletter, you can expect:

  1. Resource Roundup: Including a one-year review from the ISPA project and a new report from Independent Age on the hidden experiences of older people on a low income. 

  2. News Highlights: Insights from the Oxford launch of research on housing for people with learning disabilities.

  3. Expert Insights: From Housing LIN's dementia co-lead, committed to improving the lives of those living with all forms of dementia

  4. Dates for your Diary: Register to attend this series of HAPPI Hours, including our next webinar on technology-enabled care at home.

  5. Member Spotlights: Get inspired by the dedicated work being done by fellow Housing LIN members, including the winner of this year's Housing Design Award!

Thank you for being a part of our community. We hope you find this week's HLINks newsletter both informative and engaging. Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the weeks to come!

Best wishes,

HLIN logo only The Housing LIN Team

Resource Roundup

Embracing Diversity and Inclusivity: Celebrating a Year of the ISPA Project

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Last week marked the 1st year anniversary of the ISPA project, an ambitious 5-year participatory mixed-method study that explores and understands how the stigma attached to where people live can intersect with experiences of disability and ageing.

This One Year Review and accompanied blog by Vikki McCall, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Stirling, offers a comprehensive look into the project's objectives and its commitment to fostering inclusivity and highlights the ISPA network and its dedicated team.

'A constant struggle' - The impact of high household costs on older people facing financial hardship

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In a new report, Independent Age reveals the often-hidden experiences of many older people on a low income and shares policy recommendations that encourage the Government and other stakeholders to act to reduce the pressure on pensioners on a low income. 

TAPPI Cast 2 October 2023


Welcome to TAPPI Cast, our weekly update on the 'Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation' (TAPPI) project which aims to improve the way technology is used in housing and care for older people. Includes updates from our 6 Testbeds, Resources and Events of interest.

Putting People at the Heart of Care and Support: Emerging Approaches on Co-Production

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This report for East of England ADASS developed by the Putting People at the Heart of Care and Support working group captures emerging practice from a selection of co-production approaches in adult social care from across the region. 

The 27 examples featured in the report include two of which have a housing focus.

News Highlights

The Research Launch on Housing for People with Learning Disabilities

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We were delighted to welcome so many old and news faces at last week's Oxford launch of the Renting Your Own Place research with Learning Disability England, University of Bristol, My Life My Choice and York People First

The event, co-chaired by Lois Beech at Housing LIN and Paul Scarrott at My Life My Choice, featured a lineup of insightful and inspirational speakers discussing housing for people with learning disabilities.

Work with IMPACT in 2024-25

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Impact Improving Care Together (IMPACT) are looking for organisations that will work with them in 2024-2025. These organisations will host one of their IMPACT Demonstrator or Facilitator projects, or take part in one of their IMPACT Networks. 

Applications close on Thursday 30 November.

The rights of older people inquiry opened

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The Women and Equalities Select Committee has opened an inquiry that will examine how well older people's rights are protected under Equality Law and whether there is an adequate framework to champion older people's rights.

The deadline for submission is 31 October 2023. 

New research reveals that millions of consumers are being put off purchasing smart technology for their homes

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New research by We Are Unhooked has revealed that millions of consumers are being put off purchasing smart technology for their homes due to feeling overwhelmed with the products currently available on the market.

Expert Insights

World Alzheimer’s Month: Improving the lives of those living with all forms of dementia

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To close World Alzheimer’s Month, Wendy Wells, Head of Agency Managed, Policy and Business Implementation at The Guinness Partnership and Dementia Co-Lead at Housing LIN, shines a light on the actions they have been taking to improve the lives of those living with all forms of dementia.

Member Spotlights

New Inspirational Achievement reimagines the almshouse concept for modern, inner-city living

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To celebrate International Day of Older Persons, we’re pleased to share our newest Inspirational Achievement in collaboration with the United St. Saviours Charity.

Appleby Blue, a newly developed social housing project which reimages the almhouse concept of modern inner-city living, comprises of 57 homes for residents 65 or over in Southwark.

Find out its key features and how its resident support model is integral to the physical environment and place.  

PRP win the HAPPI project award for Rowcroft Hospice at the Housing Design Awards

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A big well done to the PRP team for winning the HAPPI project award for Rowcroft Hospice at last week's Housing Design Awards.

As the sponsor of the HAPPI award category, we were so pleased to see several HAPPI-inspired projects make it to the shortlist this year.


Dates For Your Diary

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Events Supported by the Housing LIN

Thank you Tunstall Healthcare

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The Housing LIN would like to thank Tunstall Healthcare for its sponsorship of our news pages. This, along with this newsletter, enables us to bring the latest news and information on housing with care and technology matters to our members.

Have a productive week!