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Unlocking Estates

by Peter Molyneux - on 13/08/2015

Following a discussion among senior housing and health professionals hosted by Capsticks and Social Housing, which inevitably focused on unlocking public land, Peter Molyneux draws on four strategies housing should undertake to build up partnerships with health on capital projects.

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Celebrating assets within the community

by Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings - on 22/07/2015

During Community Centre Week, Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings highlight the role of community centres as local assets and the work that housing providers are doing to enable local community organisations to manage the community assets in their property portfolio, a process known as Community Asset Transfer. Working in partnership with Affinity Sutton, HACT have developed resources to support housing providers in developing their approach to Community Asset Transfer.

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Community Investment and the Bottom Line: project update 1

by Phil Goddard - on 15/07/2015

Over the first half of 2015, HACT has been pooling data from across nine housing associations to explore the relationship between community investment and bottom line performance. HACT’s Data Scientist Phil Goddard reports on the progress made with this innovative project so far.

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Evidence-based housing practice: making the most of scarce resources

by Jim Vine - on 10/07/2015

Housing associations have precious resources and great potential to deploy them in ways that can bring huge benefits to the communities they serve and the people they house. The financial constraints on the sector, including those ushered in by the July 2015 Budget, only serve to sharpen the imperative to maximise the impacts of the resources we do have. A relentless focus on definitively establishing what works most cost effectively, and then doing more of it, will be vital in meeting the needs of both the people we serve and our organisations as businesses.

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What community arts interventions can do for you

by John Coburn - on 16/06/2015

HACT's Head of Community Investment John Coburn blog following our recent event discussing tenant accessibility to arts and culture projects and the role housing providers can play.

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A Prevention Revolution

by Peter Molyneux - on 01/06/2015

Our housing and health project partner Peter Molyneux from Common Cause Consulting suggests a key role for housing associations in delivering on the prevention agenda.

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Housing and Health – How can we achieve real integration?

by Tom Allen - on 27/05/2015

Preventative health strategies could be a unique role for housing providers wishing to integrate more with the health sector. HACT's Housing and Health Intern Tom Allen discusses how the housing sector needs to start addressing the health requirements of their customers.

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Why should Value for Money include social value?

by David King - on 15/05/2015

A year on from the release of the Social Value Bank, housing providers are preparing to include in their Value for Money statements, initial attempts to apply the HACT social values to their community investment activity. Needless to say some very large numbers have been calculated which may attract questions, in particular from those who aren't familiar with wellbeing measurement and social value.

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Supporting Children & Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing – can housing do more?

by Paula Lavis and Andrew van Doorn - on 15/05/2015

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Paula Lavis from the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, and Andrew van Doorn from HACT, ask how Housing Associations can engage with the mental health issues of their younger customers.

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Building evidence into housing

by Tom Allen - on 06/05/2015

Following our Groups 4 Health training, our housing and health intern Tom Allen considers the challenge of putting evidence into practice.

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