Resources

Care & Repair England keeps in touch with useful national resources that can aid local housing action

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Special subject guides useful for local action

The Champions have published a number of special subject guides for local forums, groups and stakeholders.

These provide an introduction to the subject for the non-expert and ideas for local action.

Background research evidence and policy

Publications produced by the Housing Champions and Care & Repair England 2016-2020. Click here (April 2020)

Click here to access a list of other useful research, evidence and policies for local action  (January 2019)

Practical examples of local action on housing

The guides below offer practical ideas for local older people’s forums and groups who want to influence local housing policy, plans and actions.

Slough 50plus Forum

The report includes links to the personalised “Digital Stories” from some of the forum members.

London

The report includes findings from both the London-wide and London Borough of Hackney focus groups.

Greater Manchester Older People’s Network

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Leeds Older People’s Forum

Age UK London

MRS Independent Living

Elders Council of Newcastle

Housing Voices – how Elders Council of Newcastle, working with Skimstone Arts and Northumbria University, have used theatre and film to engage people in later life conversations about their housing.

Wirral Older People’s Parliament

Wirral Older People’s Parliament outreach action to involve older people in Birkenhead and Wallasey concerning proposed waterfront re-development

Click here for examples of other work undertaken by the Older People’s Housing Champions Group.

Right To Manage Case Study a case study on how a group of older residents developed a right to manage company for a retirement scheme in the Wirral, North West  (May 2016)

Age Friendly Street Design A practical report on street design produced as a result of work with the Manchester Age Friendly Design Group (September 2016)

Guides for local action 

An overview of the planning system and potential opportunities to influence the homes and neighbourhoods being planned click here

(November 2018)

Living Safely and Well at Home

Brochure:

This resource provides a  practical guide to support people in making their homes safer and healthier. The brochure explains how common housing issues may affect a person’s health, how to make improvements, and who to turn to for more information and practical help.

(April 2020)

Self- Trainer:

This self-training module is for people who visit older people at home eg. health care staff, care workers, hospital visitors and voluntary sector to give general advice on a range of topics.

It has been designed to develop knowledge and skills by increasing understanding of:

  • the effects of poor housing on people’s health
  • the simple actions that can be taken to improve housing conditions
  • the organisations that can help to improve people’s housing conditions

The toolkit will enable you to:

  • identify potential health hazards and problems in the home
  • provide the people you visit with details about how to improve their health/reduce injury risk by dealing with these housing problems, and
  • make referrals to those who can help them

(May 2020)

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