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Health and housing professionals come together at unique event

On 27 February 2014 health and housing experts came together to explore the links between housing and health and consider ways service providers from different sectors can work in partnership to develop and deliver effective solutions to improve public health and wellbeing.

home-jigsaw-puzzle1Hosted by us, this unique event called ‘Healthy Communities = Healthy Lives’, was sponsored by GAHLF (Gloucestershire Affordable Housing Landlords’ Forum), a partnership of leading affordable housing providers we are part of which also includes; Bromford GroupGloucester City Homes, Guinness Hermitage, Severn Vale Housing, Stroud District Council and Two Rivers Housing.

Held at Cheltenham Park Hotel, we organised this event in partnership with Housing LIN (Learning and Information Network).

On the day over 130 delegates heard from a number of top speakers and took part in a series of knowledge exchange workshops.

In the morning Jeremy Porteus, Director of Housing LIN set the scene by speaking about the benefits of integrating health and social care with housing. His comprehensive presentation was followed by Dr Ian Donald, Consultant at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital who gave a picture of the current situation through local case studies and discussed the impact poor housing can have on patients’ health and welfare.

After a chance to network over lunch, delegates then heard from Rachel Winder, University of Exeter who provided a baseline of evidence covering the most common health issues affecting the older population at this time and discussed as a country how successful we have been in preventing later life disease and disability.

The final speaker was Mark Branton, Assistant Director of Adult Social Care Commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council who rounded up the conference perfectly with an outline of the Council’s 5 year vision to create a person centred service moving away from traditional hospital based care and delivering care in the home in a timely and effective way.

Our Chief Executive, Paul Stephenson, who chaired the event said: “We were delighted and encouraged by a fantastic turnout to this event which has presented us with a great opportunity to come together and explore the ways in which we can work in partnership to deliver services that meet the needs of the local community now and in the future.

He added: “It’s been invaluable hearing from colleagues across the health, social care and housing sectors –  this information sharing is vital in helping us plan how we can shape and expand our services, in what is an increasingly challenging operating environment, to create better outcomes for the people of Gloucestershire”

At the event GAHLF also launched their latest report ‘Putting health back into Housing’, which highlights how the social landlords who make up GAHLF are creating homes and communities to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their residents. The report aims to open the discussion of the benefits of closer working between health and housing providers.  



Notes for editors

Cheltenham Borough Homes:

  • CBH is one of the top rated ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisations) in the country. ALMOs are not for profit companies that run social housing services for their local council
  • Currently CBH manage and maintain around 5,000 tenant and leasehold properties with high satisfaction and performance levels, when compared nationally with other housing providers
  • CBH put their customers at the heart of what they do; working with them to shape services and ensure the company focuses on local need
  • CBH deliver more than high quality core landlord services: they have an ongoing programme building new homes and regenerating communities; they support people to find work and employment; work to improve financial inclusion and develop stock to make it more energy efficient


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Press contact: Catherine Best e: t: 01242 775317  



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