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HLINks Weekly: Housing, Health, and Social Care News

Monday 9 October 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of HLINks! Before we dive in, we want to bring your attention to an exciting upcoming HAPPI Hour webinar, Sustainability and Zero Carbon for an Ageing Population.

Sustainability and housing for our ageing population has become a critical and pressing concern. As we seek to create a better future for both our planet and older adults, this session aims to shed light on innovative solutions, best practices and the latest trends in sustainable housing for older adults.

Join us on Tuesday 10 October 2023 from 4pm - 5pm as we explore how we can provide comfortable and eco-friendly living environments for older people while contributing to a greener, more sustainable world.

In today's newsletter, you can expect:

  1. Resource Roundup: Including two new Centre for Ageing Better reports on developing a local Good Home Hub and the national interest in repairing our homes.

  2. News Highlights: Insights from the APPG Inquiry into Regeneration of Outdated Sheltered Housing with a call for evidence deadline!

  3. Expert Insights: From Manchester Metropolitan University into the recent 'Creating Age-Friendly Developments' guide.

  4. Dates for your Diary: Register to attend this series of HAPPI Hours, including our next webinar on Sustainability and Zero Carbon for an Ageing Population.

  5. Member Spotlights: Get inspired by the dedicated work being done by fellow Housing LIN members, including this year's New Homes Award winner, United St. Saviour's Appleby Blue.

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,

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Resource Roundup

Putting ideas into action: Developing a local Good Home Hub

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Published by the Centre for Ageing Better, this report details their research and pilot work on building effective local home improvement services, or ‘Good Home Hubs’.

It explores the steps that can be taken by any area to develop a Good Home Hub, using insights and learning gathered from the process undertaken in Lincolnshire to inform others looking to take a user-centred approach to developing their housing services.

Damp and Mould: Lessons Learnt and Best Practices

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To help you navigate changes and pinpoint existing gaps in your damp and mould approach, Pennington Choices have crafted a handy new toolkit of resources, including a Damp and Mould Self-Assessment designed to help you address and manage damp and mould related issues within your housing stock.

Lost opportunities: A decade of declining national investment in repairing our homes

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This report, published by the Centre for Ageing Better, outlines the decline in national investment in home improvement, the consequences and what we need to do next.

With the Healthier Housing Partnership, this report shows that a failure to invest in home improvement in the last decade is contributing to this hidden housing crisis.

TAPPI Cast – 6 October 2023

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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.

News Highlights

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.

Call for evidence by APPG Inquiry on the regeneration of outdated sheltered housing

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The APPG Inquiry into Regeneration of Outdated Sheltered Housing, sponsored by Abbeyfield, has made a call for evidence about sheltered/retirement housing in the social and private sector including from a range of tenures, social rent, affordable rent, leasehold, sale and shared ownership.

The Inquiry is happy to receive comments/evidence on any aspects of any of these matters listed here

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 23rd February 2024

Anthropos joins Housing LIN’s family of sponsors!

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To coincide with last week's HAPPI Hour on 'Tapped into Technology: The TAPPI Experience', we were thrilled to announce that Anthropos, a Connected Care Platform that enables intelligent remote monitoring, joins us as a new sponsor of the Housing LIN!

We really appreciate their support and expertise, which enables us to continue advocating for solutions that enhance the quality of housing and well-being for an aging population.

Petition launched by WWA requires planning fees to be ringfenced for planning services

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Launched by West Waddy Archadia (WWA), this petition asks that planning fees should be ringfenced for planning services.

WWA believes raising planning fees without ringfencing the revenue for planning services will result in continuing under-performance, delay and frustration.

HoME coalition response to DLUHC’s inquiry into disabled people in the housing sector

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The HoME coalition is a group of nine charities and non-governmental organisation, including the Housing LIN, working together to make the case for more accessible and inclusive housing.

Find out what their response was to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee’s inquiry into disabled people in the housing sector.

Expert Insights

Creating Age-Friendly Developments

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In this latest Housing LIN guest blog, Dr. Mark Hammond, a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Member of the Greater Manchester Housing, Planning, and Ageing Group, offers insights into the 'Creating Age-Friendly Developments' guide, which is designed to promote the development of urban environments that are more accommodating for all ages.

Member Spotlights

Appleby Blue takes home Grand Prix Award

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As part of this year's New Homes Award, and as featured in Evening Standard, this United St. Saviour’s Charity Appleby Blue almshouse in Bermondsey was joint winner of the best retirement development award and presented with the Grand Prix, given each year to the most outstanding project across all categories.

We also recognise Applyby Blue as an Inspirational Achievement.

Dates For Your Diary

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Events Supported by the Housing LIN

Thank you Tunstall Healthcare


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 great week!