The 2016 Housing LIN South West Annual Conference was hosted by the St Monica Trust at their Cote Lane retirement community.
Housing LIN is the leading ‘learning lab’ for a growing network of housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales.
The organisation provides expert advice and support regarding the implementation of policy and good practice in the field of housing, care and support services.
The conference was chaired by Housing LIN’s Founder and Director, Jeremy Porteus. He told a packed audience: “The overarching theme of this conference is about building healthy partnerships to meet the housing aspirations of our ageing population.
“To achieve this we not only need more effective collaboration across local housing, health and care services, we need to better engage and listen to what older people want: what I call, ‘CollaborAGE’.”
Key note speakers
A number of key note speakers spoke at the conference, including JLL Director, Philip Schmid; Centre for Ageing Better’s Interim Director of Evidence, Claire Turner; Care and Repair England’s CEO, Sue Adams; and the St Monica Trust’s Chief Executive, David Williams.
David Williams was the first keynote speaker at the conference. He spoke about how the Trust’s recent listening exercise has helped the organisation meet the changing demands of a new generation of customers and inform the design of the Trust’s newest retirement community, The Chocolate Quarter.
David Williams, said: “It is a privilege for everyone associated with the Trust to be hosting such a prestigious conference and we’re always happy to share our expertise with colleagues in the health and social care sector.”
“The free exchange of ideas and information, which Housing LIN promotes are vital in helping our sector to meet the housing aspirations of the United Kingdom’s ageing population.”
Sustainable extra care housing
Following on from the keynote speakers, delegates had the opportunity to attend a series of workshops discussing subjects, such as sustainable extra care housing design and operating Britain’s first mutually owned retirement village.
The conference ended with a lively panel debate and question and answer session with the conference’s keynote speakers.
To find out more about Housing Lin or to become a member of their network, please go to www.housinglin.org.uk/.