Building Our Best Future: Care & Repair Conference 2022

For older people, the pandemic has caused fear, isolation, and a huge increase in the amount of time spent at home. For those living in poor housing, this has been a nightmare. The Care & Repair Conference 2022 will bring together like-minded people seeking to build the best future possible for older people who are in these challenging situations.

The conference, which will be entirely online, will see politicians and leaders in housing and older people’s care join with those who daily visit the homes of older people and who see the challenges first-hand. There will be a mix of plenaries and workshops, with lots of opportunities for delegates to participate, discuss and ask questions.

The problems are only increasing, as we are seeing with the rising energy prices, making fuel bills even more unmanageable for those in fuel poverty. Yet, we believe that together we can build a better and brighter future for older people. 

Guest Speakers:

  • Julie James MS - Minister for Climate Change
  • Heléna Herklots - Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Jeremy Porteus - CEO Housing LIN


Delegate Rate:  £75


15 February 2022



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Full Conference Programme - 15 Feb 2022

Registration and Exhibition Viewing.

9am - START

Welcome to the day from Conference Chair (Robin Staines, Welsh Government Scale and Pace Project) and a message from our sponsor: Wales & West Utilities.

9:30am - WELCOME

Post Covid challenges for older people and housing

  • Julie James AM, Minister for Climate Change.
  • Heléna Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Jeremy Porteus, CEO Housing LIN

9:45am - PLENARY

Refreshment break and exhibition viewing.

11am - BREAK

  • Hospital to a Healthier Home - Where Next? (Hayley Floyd, Welsh Government)
  • Housing and Dementia Inquiry (Welsh perspective, Sue Phelps, Director Alzheimers Wales, Jeremy Porteus or Housing LIN rep)
  • Vulnerable Customers, Priority Services Register and the Value of Partnership in supporting older people in need (Wales and West Utilities)

11:15am - WORKSHOPS

A 30min break

12:00pm - LUNCH

  • The Challenge of getting it right - Housing Solutions for People with Sensory Loss and Dementia. (David Watkins, Visibly Better Co-ordinator, RNIB Cymru, Older People and Complex Needs Team. Kelly Williams, Service manager/managing Better, Bridgend County Care & Repair.)
  • Welsh Government Warm Homes Programme (Steve Chamberlain, Welsh Government)
  • Value, heritage and sustainability- the importance of repairs in older buildings (Professor John Edwards, Environment Study Centre)
12:30pm - WORKSHOPS

Housing Adaptations- challenge of the new Local Strategic Planning Framework

    Dan Jones, Welsh Government Gaynor Toft, LG C&R Chief Officer (TBC) Health rep, (TBC)

1:15pm - PLENARY

Refreshment break and exhibition viewing.

2:15pm - BREAK

Older People & Fuel Poverty, Older Homes & Decarbonisation:

  • Sarah Laing-Gibbons, Welsh Government
  • Ben Saltmarsh, NEA, Head of Wales
  • Nigel Winnan, Customer and Social Obligations Strategy Manager, Wales & West Utilities)
  • Steve Chamberlain, Welsh Government (tbc)


Closing remarks and close (Conference Chair)

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