Meet the members of the Healthy Ageing Challenge Community of Practice, a community of organisations who share a common interest in developing solutions that support people to age well
Our Community of Practice is growing all the time. Read more below about our current members.
Membership of our Community of Practice is made up of those funded by the Healthy Ageing Challenge, along with our extended Community of Practice, which is open to anyone with an interest to join. We will be holding events including an annual conference for the extended Community of Practice, as well as sending out regular updates about opportunities to get involved. You can sign up to find out more here.
At present our focused work is with the core members of the Community of Practice, who are being funded by the Healthy Ageing Challenge. You can read more about these funding opportunities on the UKRI website, and meet the Trailblazers, Catalysts and Investment Partnerships projects below.
The ‘Trailblazer’ projects are the largest element of the Healthy Ageing Challenge. They are funded to stimulate new ideas from a wide range of businesses and social enterprises to develop and deliver products, services and business models at a large scale to support people as they age. You can read more about the process the Trailblazers are following on the UKRI website, and read about how Trailblazers will help to deliver the Healthy Ageing Challenge vision in the Challenge Director blog.
Meet the Trailblazers
The mission of the Tribe project, led by Bronze Labs, is to address national care inequality at the local level. It includes a digital platform that can both map and predict care ‘dark patches’ where home care provision is either failing or doesn’t currently exist. It will also upskill people in areas of low economic activity and high public service demand so they can create micro businesses, structured as community enterprises, to provide care.
Blackwood Neighbourhoods for Independent Living, led by innovative Scottish based housing and care provider, Blackwood Homes and Care, builds upon existing award winning work in developing the highly accessible Blackwood House and CleverCogs™ digital Care and support system. Our aim now is to work with citizens and partners across three demonstrator neighbourhoods where we can bring together a menu of service and products which enable people to live independently, including new homes, a design guide to improve retro fit and adaptations of existing homes as well as future home design. Other aspects of the neighbourhood will include accessible outdoor spaces that will help people sustain physical activity, digital connectivity and infrastructure that allows interoperability, security, and ethical data control. Sustainable energy and transport will reduce peoples’ carbon footprint and reduce transport costs. The coaching and support offer helps people maintain their health and wellbeing. We will explore new financial products and a value exchange model that encourage and rewards community participation.
Business Health Matters is a collaboration between Active Lancashire and UCLan focussed on workplace health and enabling people to live healthier working lives. The project will see a training package developed that will provide people working in gyms and leisure centres with the skills to conduct health screenings. This will allow a service to be delivered which provides health screenings within workplaces and then supports people to make positive lifestyle choices such as exercising more and looking after their mental health. The project is supported by wider partners including Lancashire Mind, the NW Coast Innovation Agency, the Chambers of Commerce and UK Active.
Greater Manchester will develop and create places for the healthy ageing population to live, combining age-friendly homes with the need for social connections and living with long term conditions. It will develop an age-friendly design agency to provide design, market research and capacity-building services for customers. In parallel it will explore the use of technology enabled care by creating a testbed and marketplace for healthy ageing technology products and services. Led by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority the project includes Manchester City Council, Manchester Local Care Organisation, Health Innovation Manchester, Microsoft, Cisco, Philips, Pozzoni Architecture, Design Council, Inventya Ltd, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester
House by Urban Splash and the University of Northampton is exploring the possible use of innovative tech not yet in use in the UK and new approaches to the design of modular homes through House’s sector-leading ‘configurator' , enabling people to live well for longer, by design. The specific focus for this project is people with early onset dementia, but the innovation should be applicable for multiple issues of ageing and ill-health. This is inspired by Platform House from Sekisui House – one of the world’s leading tech and data led collaborative homes. Sekisui House is a partner in House by Urban Splash and is Japan’s biggest housebuilder. Northampton is a test to see what can work in a UK context, how the company make it affordable and crucially, how we deliver a better, longer, happier life for those living with dementia while delivering a more affordable model for all stakeholders.
London Rebuilding Society’s Healthy Homes™, Healthy Lives will design fair and affordable, person-centred financial products providing new options and choices to homeowners 55 and over. Around 1.6m older homeowners live in a ‘non-decent’ home. They are frequently vulnerable living on low incomes with physical and mental health conditions exacerbated by the state of the home. They want to improve their lives but cannot access support and finance to do so. With this finance they will be able to unlock their asset wealth and transform their lives so that they can live in an age friendly, adaptable home, for longer independently, healthier, and happier. They will be involved in designing their new home, including energy retrofit, access to renewables, smart technologies for energy monitoring and assistive technologies.
Project Maslow is a collaboration between E.ON, Newcastle University, Invisible Creations® and ADL Smartcare to support people to age well so they can stay in their own homes for longer, helping retain their independence and stay connected with their families. It builds on the work of E.ON’s Warm Homes Fund, supplemented by products and services, like safe kitchens and bathrooms, that support active healthy ageing. The project puts aspiration, dignity, safety and inclusivity at the heart of desirable and smart inter-generational homes. With social purpose at its heart, it will start by supporting the most vulnerable people, initially in the Midlands.
The UKRI Healthy Ageing Catalysts Awards are grants of up to £62,500 (fEC) for academics based at UK Research Organisations to explore new and innovative high-risk, high-reward ideas with the potential to transform the physical, mental or social well-being of people as they age. Awards have a duration of one year, and include a tailored support programme provided by Zinc to help grant holders sustain the impact of their idea or innovation. These Awards are part of the US National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge UKRI expects to make 20 awards a year in each of three consecutive annual funding calls, with round 2 expected to open in January 2021. Information sessions are currently open, and qualified candidates can sign up for a Prototyping Problems Workshop in January 2021 to begin the application process. Please visit the Zinc webpage about the Catalyst Awards for more details
The Investment Partnerships program will catalyse private investment in business-led research and development, to develop and take to market innovations for healthy ageing that have clear potential to be adopted at scale. These will focus on product and service innovations, not larger-scale infrastructure. You can find out more about the investment opportunities available on the UKRI website, and visit the Investor Partners Legal and General, Barclays Ventures and Northstar Ventures websites for more information on the application process.