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Creating age-friendly, inclusive homes and communities

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12th May, 2022 : 10:00 am 11:30 am

The UK’s population is undergoing a massive age shift. In less than 20 years, one in four people will be over 65. The Centre for Ageing Better’s vision is a society where everyone enjoys later life. The safety and accessibility of our homes is key to our health, wellbeing and social connections as we grow older.

As part of their strategic partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Centre for Ageing Better has partnered with Manchester School of Architecture on a new approach to understanding the housing choices of those in their 50’s and 60s.

The Rightplace research project builds on their previous work, ‘Rightsizing: reframing the housing offer for older people’ and confirms there is a significant gap between people’s ambitions and the housing choices available to them. The research provides a fresh perspective on older people’s housing needs and choices and the potential policy options that are likely to be most effective in improving choice – both locally and nationally – to create places which support healthier and more enjoyable lives for more people. 

Creating change will require collaboration from local planners and central government to housing providers and the third sector. That is why we have brought together this exciting group of speakers to highlight current inspiring approaches from across the UK, and to collectively address the question: ‘How can we create age-friendly and inclusive homes and new communities?’.

10:00WelcomeJulia Thrift, Director, Healthier Place-making , TCPA
10:05Introduction to the session and Ageing Better’s ambitions for age-friendly homesHolly Holder, Deputy Director of Homes, Centre for Ageing Better
10:15The importance of planning for an ageing populationJoanna Averley, Chief Planner Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
10:25Age-friendly strategy development in regeneration of towns and citiesPaul Quinn, Director of Regeneration, and Sarah Mitton, Age Friendly Communities Manager, Clarion Housing
10:40Findings and recommendations from ‘Rightplace’Dr Mark Hammond, Senior Lecturer and Prof Stefan White, Professor of Architecture, Manchester School Architecture
11:25CloseJulia Thrift, Director, Healthier Place-making, TCPA

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