EAC prepares to launch new ‘housing options’ advice service for older people

EAC will shortly be recruiting advisors to help set up a new national ‘housing options’ advice service for older people and their families.

After gradually running down our FirstStop Advice service since Government funding ended in 2016, we are now able to launch the new service thanks to a charitable donation towards first year costs. The service will survive and grow beyond this only if we succeed in generating new income to support it.

The service will cover the spectrum of housing options open to older people, with equal emphasis on ‘staying put’ and moving home. It will offer a combination of help to get the most out of our comprehensive HousingCare website and HOOP tool, and in-depth personal advice and guidance for those who look for this.

The people we aim to recruit will bring their extensive knowledge and experience into a service which aims for excellence, is independent and impartial, and is determined to fill the gap that now exists in advice that helps older people navigate an ever more complex world. It will also address the financial challenges many older people face – whether in affording to ‘age proof’ their homes or pay for some daily help or support, or in evaluating the costs and benefits of the range of ‘retirement living’ options now available to them.

EAC is also keen to explore opportunities to work with other older people’s advisory services in building this service – as we did in the years of FirstStop Advice.

A more detailed service specification and outline job descriptions will follow shortly. However please feel welcome to call EAC’s CEO John Galvin for an informal chat now if you feel that you, or your organisation, could contribute towards achieving our ambitions.

John Galvin
EAC
020 7820 7867
john.galvin@eac.org.uk