A Caring Place
Addressing ageing and dealing with loneliness sit at the heart of Scotland communities’ priorities. This focus is reflected in Scottish Government policy and investment, including ‘A Connected Scotland’, the Housing 2040 discussion, the Planning reform agenda, and short life Ministerial working group on intergenerational housing. Building wellbeing through intergenerational opportunities in age friendly places is a key focus for shaping the built environment, creating more ‘Caring Places’.
On Tuesday 18th June, 2019, A&DS brought over 70 representatives from the public, private and third sectors to the Crichton Campus in Dumfries to discuss how we can work together to create more age-friendly places to live in Scotland. The focus of the event was around intergenerational housing; what works, what’s possible, what’s needed.
The Crichton Trust co-hosted the event, in a part of Dumfries that is developing as a ‘care campus’. The aim of this project is to serve the town and the region with more and different opportunities for intergenerational living, work and integrated care to address 21stcommunity century challenges in a changing rural context. The event also builds on work curated by A&DS on creating ‘Caring Places’ which make more of what we already have in communities and places, supported by innovation in design focused on user needs.
The day was chaired by Amanda Britain, housing and wellbeing expert, and opened up with a keynote by Christina McKelvie MSP who set out Scottish Governments’ commitment to communities and innovation to address lonliness and isolation across generations. Gwilym Gibbons, Chief Executive of the Crichton Trust set out plans for the Campus. Jeremy Porteous, Chief Executive of the Housing Learning Improvement Network [LIN] provided case studies of learning from elsewhere. World Café sessions and a panel session enabled delegates to discuss issues and possibilities in more detail.
The purpose of this newsletter is to set out a summary of the discussions, with links to case studies, presentations and resources shared at the event.
Public Sector Client forum
The Dumfries event forms part of a series curated by A&DS aimed at public sector clients to promote collaborative learning and support capacity building in shaping the built environment.