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 Science Central (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. Quote from Moyra’s report to follow.
Future Homes is establishing a Community Interest Company to take forward the learning from the project. Elders Council has agreed to become a partner.
Elders Council Board Member Halina has been putting the Elders Council on the map with the Great Exhibition of the North. Having signed up as a volunteer, she has taken the opportunity to promote the Elders Council. Halina arranged for the EC Radio Programme to run a feature on the Great North Exhibition on its June programme, and secured interviews with a number of key people including Carol Bell, Executive Director of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Sarah Munro, Director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The photo shows Halina in action recording her interview with Sarah Munro.
Elders Council is also a partner in Future Homes which will feature as part of the Great Exhibition of the North with a virtual reality tour of a future home at the Core on Helix (formerly Science Central) on Bath Lane. Don't miss it.