We highlight below the latest funding opportunities and relevant policy and practice in the housing, ageing, health, care fields which may be of interest.

Care & Repair England are keen to be involved, support bids and disseminate findings so please do not hesitate to contact Martin Hodges in respect of any future plans or proposals.

Centre for Ageing Better 

The Centre for Ageing Better have issued an ITT on understanding the lived experiences of those approaching later life. It is broadly scoped to reflect their Strategy published in 2018 and hence includes housing issues. The study will require a large mixed methods approach. Find out more here

The deadline is Friday 16 August 2019 at 5pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published evidence-based, global recommendations on housing conditions and interventions that promote health.

The Housing and Health Guidelines aim to support national action by countries across the globe to improve their citizens’ health and wellbeing through better housing standards.

The WHO report clearly sets out the case for the ways that improved housing conditions can ‘…save lives, reduce disease, increase quality of life, reduce poverty, help mitigate climate change and contribute to the achievement of a number of Sustainable Development Goals…’

The report summarises the evidence base with regard to specific health conditions alongside specific recommended actions for each of these five headline housing risk factors:

  1. Household crowding
  2. Low indoor temperatures and insulation
  3. High indoor temperatures
  4. Injury hazards
  5. Housing accessibility

There is a further detailed research summary in a separate Annex for each of the factors also highlighting areas for further research.

The Guidelines note that housing accessibility (and injury hazards) are especially relevant that in the context of population ageing, noting that:

‘Non-accessible home environments expose people with functional impairments to risk of falls and injuries, restricts social participation, negatively affects quality of life, and increases the burden on caregivers and external social services.’

See our CEOs related Blog  [January 2019]

Evidence about Home Adaptations for Older People published

The Centre for Ageing Better have published an evidence report, plus a summary of the findings, of a primary research project carried out by the University of Northumbria exploring the lived experiences of individuals who use home adaptations, and practitioners who work alongside them.

  •  Summary: Homes that help: A personal and professional perspective on home adaptations
  • Full report: Primary research with practitioners and people with lived experience

[July 2018]

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Wave 3

UK Research and Innovation have a useful page that provides an overview of the Industrial Strategy Challenge and links to research funding opportunities.

With the Wave 3 call now closed and the process of short listing underway, Innovate UK have published a useful explanation of the time frame and next steps here.  [May 2018]