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Laying the foundations for inclusive and accessible homes

Our Marketing Director, Laura Wood, recently joined a brilliant line-up of speakers for the Foundations' home adaptations and housing associations webinar.


Foundations is the National Body for Home Improvement Agencies in England. Contracted by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, Foundations oversee a national network of nearly 200 home improvement agencies (HIAs) and handyperson providers across the country.


Laura joined Sheila Mackintosh, Research Fellow of the University of the West of England, Bristol, Wayne White of Middlesbrough Council and David Thorpe, Adaptations and Wellbeing Manager at Wakefield and District Housing. This was a brilliant opportunity to share more about the work of Invisible Creations® and our mission to Design for Dignity™.


Laura Wood, Marketing Director at Invisible Creations® said: “It was fantastic to be part of the recent Foundations Webinar to present Invisible Creations® vision to support the social housing sector to move to a more strategic, inclusive and preventative approach to delivering home adaptations. We’re at a really exciting stage with the business as we are starting to see our first batches of products being installed into homes across the UK and we soon begin a critical research study to show the true impact of inclusive design and prevention when delivering home adaptations.”


At Invisible Creations®, we design attractive, inclusive and discreet products and our aim is to encourage housing associations to think proactively and strategically about home adaptations.


Laura touched on the benefits to housing associations of moving away from the current reactive approach in favour of a more inclusive and preventative model. Sharing more about our aim to shine a spotlight on how the Housing Sector thinks about adapting homes, along with our solution of moving towards a more inclusive model, which focuses on strategy, aesthetics and prevention.


Our aim is to make a positive difference to people’s lives by creating age-friendly homes through the design and creation of inclusive and accessible products, which places dignity at the heart of design.


Many people often have adaptations installed after they reach crisis point, and in many cases, people sacrifice their health so as not to compromise their dignity by having the current clinical-looking products installed.


We’re hoping to remedy this through the work we do and we’re currently working with organisations across the country who are now installing our products into their properties to create age-friendly and inclusive homes, that will ultimately support people to live independently in their homes for longer.


Press play on the video above to watch the full webinar and hear more from Laura at 1:12:03 minutes in.


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