Centre for Ageing Better
30 Nov 2023
Ageing Better and Foundations are bringing together local authorities to share learning, encourage peer support and motivate innovation in home improvement services.
Following the Good Home Inquiry, Ageing Better is focusing on addressing poor-quality homes through supporting local initiatives and promoting good practice.
We believe the key to improving our homes is to make sure that all local areas offer information and advice about home improvements, access to finance for those who need it, and support to undertake the repairs and adaptations. The services are likely to bring together different organisations but residents should be able to access it through a single front door or one-stop-shop.
Ageing Better has termed this model a ‘Good Home Hub’. We recognise that the form it takes locally will vary in each area due to different political, geographical, economic and societal conditions. That’s why we’ve decided to set up a learning network to understand more about what already exists, the successes and the challenges. We want to build on the excellent work already taking place. The network will also allow Ageing Better and Foundations to continue supporting and spreading good practice.
The network meets online every three months, with each session focusing on a specific theme to address poor-quality homes locally. Topics are decided by the network members and cover a variety of subjects; from ‘understanding need’ and funding opportunities, to evaluation of existing services. Experts from the housing sector are also invited to meetings to share examples of good practice.
If you're interested in hearing more about the network, please email [email protected]