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Advancing EDI in Housing for Older Adults

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Advancing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Housing for Older Adults Event


Supported by leading specialist retirement housing operator, Housing 21, this session puts the spotlight on how the sector is embracing equality, diversity and inclusion in the way it delivers housing, care and support for older people.

Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO of Housing LIN, the session will set out Housing 21’s work in a range of deprived communities to overturn the marginal housing choices on offer for older people, including cohousing. We will also be joined by colleagues from two University-led research projects that are actively including people to codesign solutions that address their experiences of housing inequity and health and care inequalities.

The agenda:

  • 10:30 – Welcome and Session Format
    • Sally Taylor-Ridgway, Communications and Membership Officer, Housing LIN – @HLINComms
  • 10:35 – Chair’s Introduction
  • 10:40 – A Housing 21 spotlight on connecting communities
    • Ian Hodson, Director of People and Culture, Housing 21 – @Housing21
    • Tahir Idris, Respect and Inclusion Partner, Housing 21- @Housing21
  • 11:00 – Insights from the Amar Bari, Amar Jibon (My Home, My Life) project with the Bangladeshi probin community in East London
    • Manik Deepak-Gopinath, Lecturer, The Open University – @OpenUniversity
    • Bashir Uddin, Chief Executive at Bangla Housing Association @BanglaHousing
  • 11:20 –  How the DemECH project supports people with dementia in extra care housing
    • Teresa Atkinson, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Worcester – @worcester_uni
    • Julie Barrett, Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC) Research Coordinator, The University of Worcester – @worcester_uni
  • 11:40 – Q&A
  • 12:00 – Chair’s summary and close

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