The Government is currently reviewing how supported housing, including older people’s housing-with-care schemes, is funded. ARCO is a firm champion of supported housing for older people, and urge the government to ensure that these vital services continue to be funded in the future.
We are therefore proud to join the Starts at Home campaign, and Starts at Home Day on 1 September, which aims to shine a light on the important benefits of supported housing in order to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home which meets their needs, and that government funding remains in place.
Michael Voges, ARCO executive director, says:
‘Supported housing is a crucial but sometimes forgotten piece of the housing jigsaw. Housing such as extra care helps older people to live independently for longer, and tackles both the challenges in housing supply, and in health and social care funding, that this country is facing. ARCO represents operators of both not-for-profit ‘extra care’ schemes and private retirement communities for older people. We believe that all people should have access to a supportive and enabling living environment as they age, and that reducing access to these is a false economy. We firmly back the Starts at Home campaign and its call for a secure future funding stream for this essential form of housing.’
The Starts at Home Day on 1 September will be a national day of activities to highlight the campaign with supporters, housing associations and local politicians all encouraged to participate. ARCO encourage retirement communities and their residents to back the campaign and get involved.
Click here to access campaign resources and see how you can get get involved in your retirement community.
Possible activities include:
- Encouraging residents and their families to join the campaign
- Highlighting the issue and campaign on social media by joining the Thunderclap or sharing positive stories using the #StartsAtHome hashtag
- Sending case studies to the campaign
- Inviting your MP to visit your retirement community on the day
- Holding activities on the day, such as letter writing or poster making sessions
- Creating a local media splash
Starts At Home Campaign
Starts At Home Day, 1 September
More information: Please contact Maia Beresford, ARCO Policy and External Communications Manager, for more information about funding retirement communities on firstname.lastname@example.org