Annual Lectures 2023: Creating age-friendly housing and communities together


Join us for our live lunchtime webinar on 30th March, kicking off the release of a set of recorded presentations which make up our 2023 Annual Lectures event.

This session will start with our CEO, Sue Kay, who will be talking about DMT’s strategic framework  launched in autumn 2020 and running through the lectures we will be recording and releasing in mid April.  Our Board Chair, Professor Alison Petch, will be making some exciting announcements about our future plans. This will be followed by a panel session on the topic of “Delivering housing policy solutions for healthier later lives”.  It’s at this link that you’ll find the recording of Sue and Alison’s session, along with the panel session.

Scroll down to find links to the individual lectures. Here, you’ll be able to watch the sub-titled recordings, download the full transcripts (where available) and explore links to additional resources.


Meet the speakers

Professor Alison Petch OBE

Originally trained in planning and in social work, Alison’s research interests centre on the balance of care and support across community and institutional settings and on partnership working across health, housing and social care.

From 1985 she worked at the Social Work Research Centre at Stirling University, funded by the ESRC and Scottish Government to evaluate social work effectiveness, moving in 1993 to the University of Glasgow as Director of the Nuffield Centre for Community Care Studies. In 2005, the opportunity to put in place her belief that the findings of research need to be used tempted her south to the Dartington Trust to establish Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA), a partnership agency funded by local authorities to embed evidence-informed practice at the heart of adult social care across England. In 2009 she took the opportunity to return to Scotland as Director of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, a third sector organisation primarily funded by Scottish Government.

Now retired from paid employment, she maintains her commitment to co-design and co-production through involvement with organisations working to improve the quality of life for individuals.

Susan Kay

Sue is a strategic planning and governance specialist having spent the first half of her career in private sector finance, strategic marketing and corporate transformation roles.

Some pro bono work assisting universities with commercialising their intellectual property led to a sabbatical to undertake a Master’s degree in science policy and innovation and she has since served on the executive board of a number of UK higher education institutions in strategy, finance and planning roles and as a non executive on the Board of a college of further education and as a Trustee in two charitable research funding organisations

Immediately prior to taking the helm at the DMT, she combined heading up a national academic network of senior scientists and engineers with being governance lead for an almshouse trust providing accommodation and community support for older people.


Delivering housing policy solutions for healthier later lives

Hear from Sir David Pearson and Professor Roy Sandbach on the two of DMT’s largest funded programmes exploring why – and how – more housing choices need to be available for older people and about the challenges and opportunities.

Read a summary of the session below, and scroll down to watch the event recording.

Improving later life through research-led product and service design

We hear from Dr Rachel Carey, Zinc’s Chief Scientist, about the opportunities Zinc has opened up for entrepreneurial researchers and “venture scientists” to bring their talent to the challenges and opportunities presented to improve the quality of later life.

Read a summary of the session below, and scroll down to watch the recording.

Intergenerational linking through the Care Home Friends & Neighbours framework

What are the benefits to health, wellbeing and education when young people link with older people living in care homes? Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking was a national social action project that linked young people aged 5-14 from schools and youth groups with older people living in care homes. The project ran in 11 areas of England from 2019-2022 and, at the time, was England’s biggest intergenerational project with care homes. You can hear more from the programme team at My Home Life and The Linking Network, together with some of the participants.

Scroll down to watch the webinar recording.

Addressing social inequalities through housing: the almshouse projects

Two research teams outline their work on almshouse communities: can living in an almshouse community provide a longevity boost, and how can almshouse communities become more resilient?

Scroll down to watch the session recording.

Creating age-friendly communities: co-production and community involvement

A conversation with the ‘Co-creating age-friendly social housing’ and ‘Developing age-friendly communities Salford’ project teams, facilitated by Matthew Winn, National Advisor on Community Health at NHS England.

Read a summary of the two projects below, and scroll down to watch the session recording.

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