Blog: November 2018

The view from Cardiff

by Vikki Holloway - on 23/11/2018

Yesterday I was invited to a workshop in Cardiff being run by Barry and Adam from HACT to develop the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect...

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Speaker spotlight: Sarah Mbatha, Octavia

by Matthew Grenier - on 22/11/2018

In the build-up to our Innovation in Practice 2018 conference, we interviewed Sarah Mbatha from Octavia, one of the speakers at the conference.

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What’s working?

by Jahkeita McHardy - on 21/11/2018

“As our sector comes under increasing pressure to demonstrate the impact of services in empirical terms, so more organisations are looking to put these interventions to test,” Dr Rob Wray, Deputy Chief Executive of HACT said. “And randomised control trials (RCTs) are seen as the gold standard for providing hard evidence of what actually works.”

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Speaker spotlight: Aviv Katz, YearHere

by Matthew Grenier - on 16/11/2018

In the build-up to our Innovation in Practice 2018 conference, we interviewed Aviv Katz, from YearHere, one of the speakers at the conference.

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Devil is in the detail

by Sam Scharf, Orbit Group - on 14/11/2018

Following the budget announcements last week we welcomed the top level announcement on the additional support and funding for Universal Credit roll out. With 61% of customers in receipt of Universal Credit in arrears, Orbit have been actively looking at how we support customers and are successfully reducing levels of arrears. However, we know that the wider rollout will continue to put pressure on us as a business, and more importantly on our customers.

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Speaker spotlight: Chris Lees, Serendipity29

by Matthew Grenier - on 13/11/2018

In the build-up to our Innovation in Practice 2018 conference, we interviewed Chris Lees, from Serendipity29, one of the speakers at the conference.

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Speaker spotlight: Juan Lagrange, Sunlight

by Matthew Grenier - on 12/11/2018

In the build-up to our Innovation in Practice 2018 conference, we interviewed Juan Lagrange from Sunlight, one of the keynote speakers at the conference.

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Two days to change the way you work

by Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive - on 06/11/2018

Over the last few years, there have been lots of conversations about innovation and transformation within the social housing sector. You’ve probably sat through innumerable speeches and presentations about digital journeys, transformation strategies and how the internet of things is going to revolutionise the customer experience.

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The view from Glasgow

by Adam Chester - on 04/11/2018

Sure enough, Kevin from CoControl was true to his promise, turning up at his third consecutive roadshow. Despite being warned by Barry that all the roadshows follow the same format, Kevin was no doubt conscious there are regional and national differences that emerge through the discussions we have at roadshows. Glasgow proved to be no different.

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The view from Birmingham

by Barry Malki, Head of Communities - on 02/11/2018

As we continue our journey around the UK to talk with community investment colleagues to shape the Centre for Excellence, some of our intended outcomes are already being realised (albeit in a small way!).

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