Working Groups: Lifetime Homes, Lifetimes Neighbourhoods
In February 2010, the Elders Council launched its new Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods group which will bring together our housing group with the projects we have done on older person friendly neighbourhoods. There are a wealth of interesting issues to work on including how older people get information and advice on their housing options; what support services are available (e.g. handyperson schemes); how you can adapt your home to make it more suitable; what specialist housing is available; what would improve local facilities and green spaces … We intend to make our programme fun and interesting, with workshops and visits to find out about new housing design. These are just some of the topics we will be looking at, but you may wish to suggest others. Join us at our meetings or contact us if you have a suggestion for the group.
During 2010, the group particularly supported the First Stop project which explored how older people in Newcastle get information and advice on their housing options. This project has produced a number of recommendations on improvements that can be made and we are currently exploring the role that members of the Elders Council can play in supporting their peers to ensure that older people in the city live in suitable homes in age-friendly neighbourhoods. For a copy of the First Stop report see Publication and Report section of website.
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