Leading organisations from different sectors have today backed the forthcoming Associated Retirement Communities Conference (ARCO), as momentum for change continues at pace.
ARCO has led calls for a cross-government housing-with-care task force to be established, so the sector can be expanded and its benefits brought to hundreds of thousands more older people.
Following an open letter to the Prime Minister in March, calling for the 2020s to be the ‘decade of housing-with-care’, signed by over 40 politicians, academics, charity and private sector leaders, Ministers have confirmed they are considering the proposals for a new task force.
ARCO’s 5th Annual Conference, due to be held from 3rd-4th November 2021 in London, will provide a pivotal platform for bringing together the leading voices on housing-with-care and inspiring debate on how to take the sector forward.
The conference has attracted organisations from a diverse range of sectors, with ARCO announcing that real estate experts JLL will be Platinum Sponsors for the event. Silver Sponsors include the planning consultancy Carterwood and law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP, while Bronze Sponsors feature the care provider Helping Hands and technology experts Sherpa.
On the agenda at the What Next? 2021 conference will be the evolving landscape for housing-with-care over the last 18 months, the importance of clearly defining the sector, ways to create meaningful policy change, and ensuring a zero-carbon future for housing-with-care.
Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO, said, ‘At this critical moment for housing-with-care and with Government action to spur the sector imminent, we’re delighted to have some great organisations with wide-ranging expertise sponsoring this year’s ARCO conference.
‘It is more important than ever, that we bring people together from different sectors, including law, planning, real estate, social care and technology, so we can lay the best path ahead for the housing-with-care sector and help brings its benefits to many more older people.’
Anthony Oldfield, Director of Healthcare Capital Markets at JLL, said, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the need for new, innovative ways of supporting older people, and with a new task force on the horizon and the Government due to bring forward its social care reform plans, now is the time to put rocket-boosters on the growth of housing-with-care.
‘This context makes this year’s ARCO conference timelier than ever, and we can’t wait to hear from leading voices from across the sector and government, and to share ideas with a wide range of high-level experts.’
Visit the ARCO website for more information relating to the ARCO conference.
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