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The Future of Sheltered Housing: exploring cohousing as an option
Thu 9 March 2017, 12:30 – 16:15 GMT
Cohousing: an option for the future of Sheltered Housing?
Providers of sheltered housing are facing a number of financial challenges that threaten the viability of many of their schemes. They are also seeking to ensure that they continue to meet the changing aspirations and priorities of a new generation of older people wanting more active and independent ways of life.
Finding creative and innovative solutions, working with current and future residents, is critical. One option that is attracting increasing interest is the idea of enabling the creation of ‘cohousing communities’ within existing schemes. This is where the residents take on the management of their scheme, procuring their own services, organising their own social activities, and building their own community based on friendship and mutual support.
We are pleased to announce that HACT, working with UK Cohousing Network and Housing LIN, will be running a free and interactive workshop to debate these challenges and discussn opportunities for service transformation. The workshop is intended to initiate discussion between UKCN and housing providers about the potential for developing cohousing communities within existing housing schemes.
Please join us at 12:30 for a networking lunch, followed by an afternoon of presentations and interactive discussion.
Who is this event for?
The workshop is targeted at chief executives and senior level staff of sheltered/retirement housing providers.
Speakers: Anna Kear, Executive Director of UK Cohousing Network; James McCarthy, Head of Retirement Housing and Care 21; Jeremy Porteus, Founder and Director of Housing Learning and Improvement Network; Sally Thomas, Director of Communities of HACT.
Workshop chair: Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive HACT