Intergenerational Housing: On Tuesday the 18th June 2019 A&DS brought together experts from across the country, along with over 60 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 session formed part of a programme led by A&DS on Town Centre Living. For the past year, A&DS has been taking a creative look at how we can use design and innovation to build on existing assets and make more of the places we already have – especially in our town centres. The project has also looked at how the people who will use the places are fully involved in shaping where they will live and how they will be cared for. The event in Dumfries looked particularly at the benefits of creating places where people from all generations live together – helping create more caring and sustainable living environments to be in.
World Cafe Sessions
The day was Chaired by Amanda Britain, housing and wellbeing expert, and began with a keynote speech by the Minister for Older People and Equalities Christina McKelvie MSP, who set the opportunities and challenges ahead for our ageing population. The morning session included talks by Gwilym Gibbons, Chief Executive of the Crichton Trust on their plans for a new Crichton 21st Century Village, and Jeremy Porteus, Chief Executive of Housing Learning Improvement Network (LIN), on intergenerational housing case studies. This helped set the context for world café sessions in the afternoon where delegates were given the opportunity to hear from and speak to experts in smaller table-based discussion groups including Housing LIN, The Crichton Trust, Stirling University, Midsteeple Quarter, Smith Scott Mullan Associates, Instinctively Green, Generations Working Together and Scottish Futures Trust.
A newsletter summarising the event will be produced in July and shared on our website. Sign up for the newsletter here.
A published a report – Town Cente Living: A Caring Place – which captures the learning to date.
Updated June 2019.
Image: Keynote speaker Christina McKelvie, Minister for Equalities and Older People, courtesy of the Chrichton Trust.