L&Q joins East London Partnership for Health & Housing Conference
On the 18th October L&Q joined East London Partnership and many other housing and care providers at the Health and Housing conference at the London East Centre in Dagenham.
Senior representatives from the health, social care, housing, regeneration and charity sectors discussed a range of topics, including the provision of community space and facilities in new developments, and the use of technology to help vulnerable people live more independently.
L&Q’s Chief Executive, David Montague spoke at the event, as well as Cllr. Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking & Dagenham Council; and Ian Peters, chair at Barts Health NHS Trust and vice-chair at Peabody.
Access to good quality housing and support in the home are vital for maintaining long-term health and wellbeing, and underlined discussion on the day. Industry professionals also talked about initiatives to tackle homelessness and the availability of affordable housing for key workers in health and care services.
Yvonne Arrowsmith, Chief Executive of L&Q Living, made closing remarks at the event, she said: “This was a good opportunity for housing and health professionals to jointly consider how we can work together to develop new homes and services that will enable people to live more independently, reduce the call on hospital in-patient facilities and improve the health and wellbeing of residents through stable, high quality housing.
We are hopeful that this is just the start of the conversation”
Rob Whiteman, chair of the East London Health & Care Partnership said: “Having access to good quality, stable housing and accommodation support within all our communities is vital in helping to keep people well and looked after when needed.
“Strengthening the relationship between health and housing is a key priority for our partnership and this conference brought everyone together to figure out ways in which we can all work closer together for the benefit of local people.
“It was very productive session, generating a great number of ideas and actions to improve things. These will now be followed up over the coming months.”