Bays Consulting is calling all Sunderland residents to help complete an online survey about potential cold and damp in their homes, between 8th to 29th April.

Bays Consulting are working with Sunderland City Council, Connected Places Catapult and Parity Projects on the Homes for Healthy Ageing programme to develop an innovative solution to help elderly people to live at home independently, well and safely, for at least five more years. We are dedicated to providing an innovative solution which accurately predicts the potential risk of cold and damp in homes in Sunderland.

Sunderland is one of just two places to have been selected to explore technology solutions in partnership with Homes for Healthy Ageing, a programme launched by Connected Places Catapult to build a healthier future for the UK.  The programme will draw on world-leading academic and industry research to match solutions from health-tech and care innovators with the insights and then the needs of local authorities and housing associations.

Bays Consulting, in partnership with Parity Projects, is a technology solution provider to the programme. As part of this project, we are investigating if technology and data can be used to predict cold and damp in homes. We want to know if it is possible to accurately predict cold and damp, without entering a house, bungalow, flat or terrace. To achieve this, we’re running a mass online survey. Your input will help us to validate our predictions on potential cold and damp in homes across Sunderland.

The survey is open to all adult residents within Sunderland and takes just 3 minutes to complete online. All you need to do is select your address from the list, then answer a few questions about your home. Your answers will help Bays Consulting to validate our predictions and allow us to develop our innovative solution with confidence.

Graham Scanlon, assistant director of housing and communities at Sunderland City Council, said: “We know that the wellbeing of residents begins at home, and that housing can have significant impact on their health, particularly for our older and more vulnerable residents.”

He continued: “We’re pleased to be exploring whether new innovation could allow us to better-target interventions to properties in the city, ensuring our residents are supported to live independently at home for longer.  We’d like to invite as many residents as possible to take part in this simple survey that will help us really understand the effectiveness of this approach, and ultimately, to find a more efficient way of tackling the underlying issues that lead to poor health.”

Founder of Bays Consulting Limited, Dr Sophie Carr, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to have your voice heard about the presence of damp and cold in homes across Sunderland. We want to hear from as many people as possible, across all areas of Sunderland, including those who rent, as well as own, about their property. Together we can deliver solutions that will ultimately deliver healthier homes that meet the needs of an ever-changing population.”

To take part in this survey*, visit:  https://survey.hfha.bays.app

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