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How is housing responding to diverse housing and care needs of older people?

Join our conference this year to hear what challenges are faced by the housing and housing with care sectors in providing appropriate accommodation for the increasingly diverse needs of older people.

On 17 February 2021, the APPG on housing and care for older people reported on its inquiry into housing and dementia; we will hear from Lord Best on the recommendations from that inquiry and ask whether the housing offer has progressed in supporting people living with dementia in recent years as well as debating what changes are needed.

Professor Karen West will then challenge how we think about our ageing population and how we are responding to the increasing diversity within that section of society – are we ready to think, and more importantly, act differently?

The conference will focus on three aspects of diversity, challenging the status quo and exploring changes which are needed.

Housing 21 is working with local communities to develop cohousing in areas of high deprivation and significant BAME communities. We will hear about the work to date, what challenges have been faced, the lessons we are learning and how we plan to disseminate these within the sector.

We will focus on the current and planned provision of LGBT+ housing and hear from developers of housing for older adults as well as initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by LGBT+ residents and care receivers and what should be done to ensure their needs are met in an appropriate way.

Building on the keynote speech from Lord Best, we will hear representations from the housing sector into how well it is responding to the challenges of dementia and what more it needs to do to maximise the value that appropriate housing can bring to people affected by dementia.

The day will be full of provocations rather than presentations, we will question what we are learning, what we are going to do with that insight and what action we will take in the post COVID environment. There will be a mix of panel discussions, table debates and networking.

All are welcome to the drinks reception at the end of the day.


Registration, coffee and networking



Stephen Hughes, Chair, Housing 21


Keynote speakers

Lord Richard Best OBE

Professor Karen West, University of Bristol


Session 1


BAME communities and housing – A case study of cohousing

Chair: Abdul Ravat, Ageing Well in BAME Communities Network

Councillor Hussain, Cabinet Member for Homes & Neighbourhoods Birmingham City Council

Harry Randhawa, Triangle Architects

Owen Jarvis, UK Cohousing Network

Yael Arbell, cresr, Sheffield Hallam University


Coffee Break


Session 2


LGBT+ affirming retirement community

Including a table discussion

Chair: Sarah Jones, Anchor Hanover

Bob Green OBE, LGBT Foundation consultant

Anna Kear, Tonic Housing

Tina Wathern, Stonewall Housing




Session 3


What needs to change in providing housing for people living with dementia? Is the care offer right?

Chair: Richard Humphries, The King’s Fund

Professor Dawn Brooker MBE, University of Worcester

Ben Beadle, National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA)

Alexander Fleming, McCarthy Stone



Session 4


How will the differing perspectives of future residents influence the housing offer? What will need to change?

Dr Bruce Moore, Housing 21

Jeremy Porteus, Housing LIN

Mushtaq Khan, Housing Diversity Network

Danielle Oum, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Manik Deepak-Gopinath, The Open University


Closing remarks

Dr Bruce Moore, Housing 21


Drinks reception and networking


Conference Closes


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Speaker and Chair Bios

  • Owen Jarvis

    Owen Jarvis is CEO of UK Cohousing Network. During his career he has held senior positions in the third sector, leading the development of social enterprises and service design often working with the housing sector.

    Having spent time living in housing co-operatives, cohousing schemes and ecovillages he is passionate about the role citizens can play in leading better placemaking and community building. As a Clore Social Leadership Fellow, he researched the role housing associations can play a role in scaling social innovation. Owen is keen to see housing associations working with communities to create new cohousing schemes and believes the work of Housing 21 has huge potential.

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What are we doing to help keep you safe?

After taking a year off from 'in person' events, we appreciate some delegates may be nervous about returning.

The health and safety of all our guests and colleagues is our top priority and so the ICC, along with other large UK venues, have implemented COVID-19 status checks for all guests on arrival.

The accepted methods of showing your COVID-19 status are as follows:

  • NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App please note this is not the same as the NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app.
    • It is advised that individuals apply no later than 48 hours before attending to allow for the application to be processed in time
    • You can download the NHS app from either the App Store or the Google Play Store
    • Further details on the NHS app can be found here
    • Further details on the NHS COVID pass can be found here
  • Lateral flow or PCR negative test results text or e-mail within 72 hours prior to attending the event
    • You can order free NHS lateral flow tests here, alternatively, you can collect from your local chemist.
    • You MUST register your result on the Government website here -  this will then generate an email or a text message to you confirming the negative status
    • This will also automatically link to your NHS App (mentioned above)
  • Proof of immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
    • If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test taken within 180 days of your event (including 10 days self-isolation following the result) you are eligible for an NHS COVID Pass as you have natural immunity.
    • You should register for the NHS App (as explained above) and click on 'Get your NHS COVID pass'. This should automatically display your name and QR Code. If this does not show phone 119.
    • Remember this will only work if you took a PCR test at the time you had COVID-19, NOT a Lateral Flow Test.

If visitors would prefer not to use the app or do not have a smartphone they can obtain a NHS COVID Pass letter (proving vaccination status only) by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.

ALL guests on arrival at the ICC will be asked to show proof of their COVID 19 status and these checks will be carried out at venue entrances by ICC security staff. Once proof of status has been checked, you will be issued with a wristband that you must wear for the duration of the event.

Please do ensure that the above information is shared with all your colleagues that will be attending.

To try and keep everyone as safe as possible we also ask that no one attends the event if: they are displaying symptoms, been asked to self-isolate or live with an individual who has symptoms of COVID 19 at the time.

The ICC also encourage the wearing of face coverings when moving around then venue and will have plenty of hand sanitiser stations located around the site.

Further information on what the venue is doing to keep us all safe can be found here: http://www.theicc.co.uk/protect/

We are putting safeguards in place within our conference space to ensure the event runs smoothly and delegates and speakers are comfortable.

  • Hand sanitiser stations at regular points around the conference space
  • Operating at below capacity to allow for social distancing
  • Delegates and speakers will be encouraged to wear masks while moving around
  • Increased ventilation in conference spaces
  • Frequent cleaning of touchpoints, carried out by the ICC's team
  • A one-way system will be in operation to and from the refreshment area
  • Registration at the ICC will be open for an hour before the conference starts. We are encouraging delegates to register early and take their seats at tables to avoid congregating in the reception area.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Getting there


Broad St
B1 2EA

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