During this power hour event we heard from experts in shared ownership and examined how this could look in the future.
CIH Northern Ireland, in partnership with Radius Housing Association launched a report on difficult situations in sheltered housing accommodation in Northern Ireland which has been funded through Supporting People - Provider Investment Funding, after recognising a pattern within their sheltered housing schemes.
This report looked at ‘challenging situations, both in terms of the increasing volume and frequency of these types of incidents occurring, but also noting that the situations themselves were becoming increasingly complex and diverse; this emerging pattern led Radius to consider some fundamental questions about sheltered housing provision.
The research was carried out in Northern Ireland but is relevant to all regions in the UK.
The challenges of creating a new scheme are daunting, but furnished tenancy schemes have been proven to be essential in supporting people to sustain a home.
End Furniture Poverty has worked across the UK to understand how to create a sustainable FT scheme, from an operational, financial, and social value perspective.
We listened to insights gathered from speaking to tenants who have live-in furnished tenancies, and those living in furniture poverty and learn best practice from existing schemes with advice and support covering everything you need to know how to launch an FT scheme.
Please read the report created by End Furniture Poverty entitled no place like home.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we were joined by CIH president Aileen Evans and CIH vice-president Jo Richardson as they discussed support for mental health and Wellbeing at Work in Housing, the latest shine a light report that outlines some key things we can all do to better support each other’s mental health. Ruth Davies from Pobl Homes and Communities talked about her own mental health journey and how it has shaped and impacted her role working in housing, and Michael Gill and Fran Stulberg showcased best practice that exists at Riverside Housing for mental health support and suicide prevention.
This event focussed on reviewing rental income and support before, during and after lockdown, looking at how managing income and our working practices has changed exponentially in the past year, especially with new technology, systems and applications being introduced. Industry experts shared their holistic approaches to income management during these unprecedented times.
In late 2020, the Shine a Light campaign released a new report – supporting people with mental health problems - looking at different approaches to help organisations raise their game when working with people who may have mental health problems.
In this session, organisations shared initiatives to better support the mental health of communities they work with, particularly through the very difficult past year, when housing providers have become more proactive.
The annual UK Housing Review is packed with data and analysis about the housing market, social housing, benefits and homelessness. ICIH and the Review’s main authors explored some of the main headlines and findings from across the year, and took a deep dive into issues such as how we deal with homelessness post-Covid, whether schemes to help first-time buyers are working, and whether the government’s housing investment plans will achieve their targets.
CIH Yorkshire and Humberside regional group member, Clive Greenwood was In Conversation with Dave Procter, chair of Together Housing Group talking about his role as an established Board Chair and giving tips on how to become an effective board member.
Dave shared some insights into his career and role as chair of a large Housing Association operating across the North of England and explored:
In this vrtual event we explored why compassion fatigue and the emotionally challenging work of front line housing is important for professionals, customers, and organisations as well as the scale of the issue and what can be done to address it.
This event raised important issues impacting the well-being of housing professionals and explored the scale and effects of compassion fatigue in the sector and discussed how we might address this. We looked at the frontline role in the context of the pandemic, and following a decade of austerity to discuss the issues impacting our profession.
The next Scottish Government is likely to legislate so that human rights are incorporated in Scots law. But what does that mean for the housing sector and to what extent is our sector delivering on the human rights of tenants and communities?
We heard what the introduction of new legislation incorporating economic, social and cultural rights into Scots law will mean in practice and discussed how ready is the sector for the changes coming.
You can learn more about the Back the Bill campaign, mentioned by Professor Hoffman at the event, by clicking here.
The Chartered Institute of Housing and the Institute of Leadership & Management were proud to deliver their third Leadership Exchange.
Our speakers discussed what is on the horizon for our leaders of the future and what the world of work could (and should?) look like, providing evidence focussed insights based on sociological, geographical and economic research and data.
Kate Cooper, Head of research, policy & standards at the Institute of Leadership & Management, also shared TILMs recent research, offering insights into the varied experience of home working and how leaders and managers anticipate their organisations will change in the next 5-10 years.
View the Prezi created by our guest speaker Nick Atkin.
This virtual membership roadshow focussed on the newly introduced CIH professional standards and how it impacts you.
Areas of focus were:
With change on the horizon for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, set to classify its landlord arm as a mutual or co-operative, CIH Northern Ireland want to give our members the opportunity to play a central role in this conversation going forward.
As part of a wider series looking at this change, our speakers focused on previous social housing stock transfers, both successful and unsuccessful. We also took a closer look at the important role of tenant participation as part of this process and discussed past initiatives that we can learn from.
In addition, here is the film that Mike Owen played as part of his presentation Merthyr Valleys Homes building our mutual
Onward Homes and Stockport Homes shared their experience of working alongside residents to shape their services and make improvements to their business by listening to, and acting on resident feedback.
Areas of focus were:
With the Scottish Government set to launch its 20 year strategy for the housing sector we considered the implication of the plan on the profession, landlords and tenants. We heard how the strategy will impact housing professionals and the service provided for tenants and communities.
Speakers from across the sector considered how the plan meets the ambition set out in the vision, and what measures need to be put in place for the strategy to be realised.
Areas of focus were:
Additional resources - member-only briefing