Homes for Life Summit: Moving accessible housing up the agenda.

Thu. 4 Mar 2021



Housing provides some of our most fundamental needs and yet we have a chronic shortage of accessible and adapted housing in Scotland. Without an accessible house that meets their needs, many older people and disabled people continue to live in unsuitable accommodation. And, as we know during these times of restrictions, the home has become a locus for many people’s work lives, caring responsibilities, family lives and social lives.

At this summit you will hear a range of perspectives (housing, disability organisations, health and social care, developers and architects) which should focus our minds collectively on how we can achieve more accessible homes across Scotland, best support disabled people and those in older age to live well and independently and work towards building and adapting homes for life in inclusive communities.

We can no longer afford to ignore accessible housing need in Scotland. It needs to be on everyone’s agenda.


Opening remarks
Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning
Charlie McMillan, (chair of the session) Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD)

Session: Why is it important?
Susie Fitton, Inclusion Scotland
Dianne Theakston, Researcher

Session: Different perspectives
Dougie Herd, Campion Homes
Rowena Statt, Anderson Bell Christie Architects
Ed Warner, Motionspot
Vikki McCall, Stirling University

Session: Why is it important? / Impact on individuals
Susan Webster, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Scotland;
Julie Murray, East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care partnership,
Adam Stachura, Age Scotland

Looking forward/plenary
Catriona MacKean, Director, More Homes Division Scottish Govt
Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government
Lorna Cameron, CEO Horizon Housing
Chris Baird, Horizon Housing Board Member

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