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.
Members of the Elders Council and Search participated in a lively discussion at the Independent Age Listening Event. They shared their experiences of ageing; what would help people to age well and issues which they thought both Elders Council and Independent Age should work on in the future. Suggestions included intergenerational relationships; care services and housing.