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Monday 27th November 2023

Welcome back to this week's HLINks! Before we dive in, we'd like to draw your attention to tomorrow's HAPPI Hour webinar where we'll be discussing Age friendly housing.

In collaboration with Lovell Later Living, this HAPPI Hour webinar will learn more about their approach to age friendly housing and feature insights from BNP Paribas on unlocking land to boost the supply of housing for people in later life. Following this, you will gain valuable insights from an exemplary age-friendly housing schemes presented by United St. Saviour’s Charity. These examples will illustrate how this type of housing not only enhances the well-being of older adults but also fosters age-inclusive communities. There's still time to register

Here's what you can expect in today's newsletter:

  1. News Highlights: Including the latest State of Ageing report from the Centre for Ageing Better & The Welsh Government’s latest annual returns on social housing across all 22 councils in Wales
  2. Resource Roundup: Read the Supported housing report by House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts & the Manchester Metropolitan University Age-friendly urban development guide & TAPPI Cast, our weekly update on the 'Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation' (TAPPI) project
  3. Expert Insights: Hear from Everon on the Accelerating Reform Fund for Adult Social Care (ARF)
  4. Member Spotlight: To coincide with last week’s longevity week, Invisible Creations discuss relocating to supported living and mobility needs.
  5. Dates for your Diary: Browse our forthcoming HAPPI Hour webinars and other events supported by Housing LIN.

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,

HLINsquare_Logo The Housing LIN Team

News Highlights

Latest State of Ageing report from the Centre for Ageing Better

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Using data from a variety of sources, the Centre for Ageing Better have produced their most detailed annual report yet, with their analysis showing that as a society, we have been far too slow to adapt to our ageing population, and are now playing catch-up, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis. This has manifested in huge inequalities and worsening circumstances for millions of older people.

Annual statistics show small percentage rises in specialist housing categories for Wales

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The Welsh Government’s latest annual returns on social housing across all 22 councils in Wales, published this month, show that, since last year's return, there have been very small percentage increases of local authorities and housing associations owning sheltered housing, extra care housing and supported housing.

Join us for a 2hr virtual Symposium on 12 December where we'll be showcasing the work of Welsh members on the Housing LIN Cymru’s Steering Group. The session will provide a 'marketplace' of presentations by Steering Group members sharing the latest innovative housing for older people projects, developments and programmes under way in Wales.

Resource Roundup

Supported housing: report by House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

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A new report on supported housing from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) finds that vulnerable people are being left unprotected from unscrupulous providers and housed in poor-quality accommodation, with unsuitable or no additional support provided.

The report finds a sector riddled with long-standing challenges, with the Government’s actions to improve matters falling far short.

Creating Age-Friendly Developments

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This Age-friendly urban development guide, launched by Manchester Metropolitan University, outlines how the region can adapt to an ageing population in designing and building new residential developments.

Ideas include intergenerational playgrounds, buddy benches, easier navigation for people with dementia and boosting a sense of security through design.

TAPPI Cast - 24 November


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.

Expert Insights

The Accelerating Reform Fund for Adult Social Care (ARF) - Key points and next steps


In this blog, Everon unpacks the full details of the ARF, summarising key points, opportunities, timelines, and next steps so that you can take full advantage of the ARF's offerings.

Member Spotlight

Relocating to supported living, mobility needs and celebrating longevity week

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For longevity week, Invisible Creations caught up with Pat and Jean, who graciously shared their thoughts on the role of home in aging. Their insights are truly inspiring and valuable to our understanding of aging and home adaptations.

Dates for your diary

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Events supported by the Housing LIN

Thanks 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.