Undaunted by the fact that we cannot meet face to face, the Elders Council is learning new ways of continuing to do our work. One of the priorities for the Elders Council is making sure that older people can live their later lives in decent, comfortable homes. With this in mind, we are interested in engaging with people about what makes this possible.
In partnership with Care and Repair England, Skimstone Arts and Northumbria University and supported by the Rayne Foundation, we have produced a new film short, Doorbells-COVID 19 which is a humorous, poignant and reflective film that asks questions about how and where we live as we grow older.
We will be showing the film followed by an informal Q+A and small discussion groups on Wednesday 29th July 14.30 - 16.00 hours at a webinar hosted by VOICE. If you would like to join us, sign up here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doorbells-covid-19-a-humorous-poignant-film-short-about-later-life-tickets-112413810734
The Elders Council is a group of people who are interested in having a say about how to make Newcastle a great city in which to grow old. We do this in a variety of ways - peer research, arts projects, focus groups and regular meetings with service providers and policymakers.
Elders Council is proud to be a partner in Future Homes - a cross sector partnership of Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, industry partners, voluntary and community organisations engaged in a co-design process to develop housing which is fit for the future. The aim of Future Homes is to develop attractive and affordable homes which respond to the challenges of demographic and climate change and urban sustainability. We have development finance through our partner, Karbon Homes, to develop new models of housing on Helix (subject to planning permission) which will combine modular building ideas, low energy systems, digital technology and flexible design to provide homes suitable for people at any stage in their lives.
In Autumn 2017 Elders Council hosted a series of workshops with older people to contribute to the co-design process. The workshops were interesting and challenging in equal measure.
Future Homes has established a Community Interest Company to take forward the learning from the project. Elders Council is a partner in the Future Homes Alliance www.futurehomesalliance.com.