Please note that whilst this project has ended, the freely available self help and related resource materials are still available here
Home is important.
It is the place where we spend most of our time and where we live makes all the difference to being able to live independently in later life.
As we get older our home may not suit us as well as it used to. Using stairs or the bath can become a challenge. Illness or bereavement may prompt us to consider moving.
Talking to someone who has faced a similar situation can help. Knowing about possible options, such as adaptations or alternative housing can enable people to make an informed decision.
This is why we set up Silverlinks initiative which ran from 2013 to 2018.
Silverlinks created networks of mutual support to enable older people to make informed decisions about their housing & related care.
Older volunteers share their personal housing experience, offering one to one help as well as providing information & advice. ‘Pass it on’ workshops spread knowledge about housing & care options through older people’s informal networks.
A four year Big Lottery funded Flagship programme rolled out the Silverlinks initiative with partners across England.
- find out more about Silverlinks and sign up to receive the latest news;
- find resources and information about housing, care & related finance for older people including our teach yourself” modules or
- find out how your organisation can set up a peer support project with the project toolkit.
- view our Silverlinks film resources to hear older people’s experiences about housing & care in later life
A detailed evaluation report about the Silverlinks is available here