During the COVID-19 lockdown, most housing organisations have seen an increase in the anti-social behaviour cases they are dealing with; most cases are classified as neighbour disputes that are pretty challenging to deal with and can be open for a long time.
Jim Nixon, the community safety professional and podcast mentor, provided advice and guidance around tackling the more difficult neighbour disputes that can be ongoing for an extended period if they are not handled correctly in the early stages.
We heard from hoarding specialist Heather Matuozzo, who on behalf of Birmingham City Council, has been working with people who hoard. Heather shared effective methods to support people who hoard.
Reported domestic abuse cases increased by 10% during the first lockdown in 2020, with domestic abuse charities reporting a high level of demand for their services. Sector experts explained what organisations can do to prevent and reduce domestic abuse and shared the latest update on policy developments.
This virtual event reflected on the role the private rented sector has played in providing homes for people during the pandemic. We heard about the support that has been made available and what lessons have been learnt.
Lindsay Felstead, Partner at Clarke Willmott shared injunctions best practice and explained why injunctions are more important than ever during these unprecedented times and how injunctions are enabling social landlords to tackle ASB.
Tyfu Tai Cymru launched brand new research looking at the experiences of professionals, patients, carers and people on the frontline of hospital discharges examining how they were able to keep people safe during the COVID-19 and how successful and sustainable outcomes are delivered for those returning home from hospital.
Researchers Greg Thomas and Antony Kendall shared their research findings and recommendations and focussed on what needs to happen to improve patient experience and how housing is part of the solution.
To find out more about the research discussed in this virtual event please use the links below to read the report in English and Welsh.
We heard about research conducted by the Tyfu Tai Cymru team in February and December 2020 on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted housing professionals in local government. We found out how the pandemic has impacted local authority housing professionals, what they feel has gone well and where they have concerns for the future. There are some clear lessons about how we can support staff during difficult times and the power of motivation to ensure people can access a safe home during a public health emergency.
To find out more about the report discussed in this virtual event please use the links below to read it in English and Welsh.
This ideas lab will explore how to improve resident engagement on anti-social behaviour and crime prevention, look at the latest in door entry technology and best practice for housing providers.
Security and reliability are paramount for social housing providers when it comes to managing access for individual dwellings and communal entryways, particularly for older residents or those with additional needs. Improving resident engagement on such issues is key. Modern door entry solutions are high specification systems that offer increased functionality and also have a key role to play. The most advanced of this deliver video entry using a wireless network and are relatively easy to install with little disruption and infrastructure outlay.
Digital transformation is rising up the housing sector’s agenda. In the face of increasing societal pressures, embracing digital learning solutions ensures housing associations can continue to have the right impact where it is needed most – supporting their customers.
Learn about the inequalities that women face and how COVID-19 has impacted womens’ ability to access suitable housing. Expert speakers from The Fawcett Society, National Housing Fedration and Homeless Link shared research findings and examples of challenges facing women.
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.