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Webinar: Developing a plan for housing older adults

Recorded Monday 29 April 2024

Supporting local areas to develop a housing vision and strategy for older people

In this webinar we presented two interconnected resources aimed at supporting local areas to develop their strategy and business case for housing for older adults.

The first resource is all about getting the right people in the room to develop a vision and strategy. Developing a plan for housing for older adults is not something one department can do on their own; it is more effective in terms of delivery and implementation when everyone works together across housing, health, social care and the community. We presented the key learning from a pilot study of a ‘Serious Game’ called Hopetown. Hopetown is a novel tool for bringing people together to develop a shared vision for housing for older people that supports age friendly communities. In this webinar, we describe Hopetown and a pilot study and evaluation undertaken in Southwark and the impact that this has had.

The second resource is a toolkit, specifically designed to support local areas in creating a business case for housing for older people. The toolkit sets out ten steps needed to understand the local population and housing need, the cost benefits and social value. It is designed to be understood and of use to anyone who could be involved in a housing partnership, including older people, community groups and providers as well as the local authority.

This webinar is of interest to anyone with a role relating to housing for older adults, including within health, social care, policy and provision.

This webinar was funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust.

Chair: Jeremy Porteus, HousingLIN


  • Dr Rebekah Luff, Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Prof Vikki McCall, University of Stirling
  • Tasnim Rahman, Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Alison Benzimra, United St Saviour’s Charity
  • Kathryn Smith, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Webinar slides (PDF)