A national virtual conference is being staged to set out how the preventative role of housing can help England recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and use it as a catalyst for lasting change.

Register here:  www.rrrconference.online

Recover, Reset, Regenerate will see practitioners from across the health, housing and social care system share their experiences and innovations.

 

The virtual conference, on June 24, is being organised by Foundations (the national body for home improvement agencies), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Housing Learning and Improvement Network.

 

An interactive programme will be opened by Luke Hall MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing. Other speakers include ADASS president James Bullion; Alex Fox OBE, chief executive of Shared Lives; Housing 21 chief executive Bruce Moore; and Chris Naylor, senior fellow at The King’s Fund.

 

Recovery from the immediate challenge and contingencies of the pandemic is likely to take 18 months or more. In that time, there are real opportunities to Reset and mainstream some of the urgent responses the sector has found to keep people safe.  The COVID-19 crisis provided an opportunity to embed a step change to services able to Regenerate communities and produce better outcomes.

 

Topics will include: Opportunities to transform care at home where outcomes in the pandemic have been demonstrably better; Effective remote support and assessments; and designing buildings with people and communities rather than for them.

 

Paul Smith, director of Foundations, said: “The pandemic has underlined the crucial, preventative role that housing plays and the ability of frontline workers to adapt and change quickly. This conference offers a chance for housing, health and care practitioners and policymakers to share their experiences, learn from others and network virtually. We have an opportunity to reset the whole system. Housing is central to that reset as staying home has protected the NHS and saved lives.”

 

James Bullion, president of ADASS, said: “Supporting people to live independent fulfilled lives in a home of their own is at the heart of the work of Directors of Adult Social Services. That ambition has shown itself to be even more relevant in the circumstances in which we find ourselves today. We are delighted to be working with people across the housing and care sector to build on the learning and innovation we have seen over the last few months as we look to reset the system.”

 

The Housing LIN’s chief executive, Jeremy Porteus, said: “COVID-19 has had more of an immediate impact on our lives than the other c-word, climate change. But like climate change we have had to urgently adapt to the conditions, working across sectors to scale up our preparedness and strengthening all our personal resilience, to build long term sustainable, integrated solutions.”

 

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Foundations is the national body for home improvement agency and handypersons services and for Disabled Facilities Grants and is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It provides support to nearly 200 not-for-profit home improvement and handyperson service providers in England who cover more than 80% of local authority areas. Its core objectives are to: develop the capacity of the home improvement agency sector; represent the sector to government and other stakeholders; and maintain a database of home improvement agency services for the general public.

Home improvement and handyperson service providers are local organisations dedicated to helping older people, people with disabilities and vulnerable people to live in safety and with dignity in their own homes. Services are focused on ensuring existing housing is fit for purpose and vulnerable people, predominantly homeowners, are able to continue living independently as long as possible.

The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services is a charity. Our members are current and former directors of adult care or social services and their senior staff. Our objectives include:
• Furthering comprehensive, equitable, social policies and plans which reflect and shape the economic and social environment of the time;
• Furthering the interests of those who need social care services regardless of their backgrounds and status;
• Promoting high standards of social care services.

 

Contact Austin Macauley for further information – M: 07771 330 345 E: austinmacauley@mail.com