31 January, 2023

Across our networks in December 2022

We share the latest updates from our networks from the Centre of Excellence in Community Investment that met in December.

Adam Chester

HACT Network Lead

If you want to receive a copy of any of the presentations listed below, or be put in touch with the speaker, please contact Adam Chester

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North West Network – 6th December 

The North West network heard three varied, but current presentations – Greater Manchester Poverty Action spoke about their work with local authorities to develop anti-poverty strategies, and their recent cost of living crisis conference. Togetherall spoke about their platform, a virtual peer support space for mental health, and discussed top tips for supporting mental health currently.

Finally, Switchee spoke about how insights from their smart thermostat can be used to create long-term solutions to the cost of living crisis by supporting residents and improving the quality of homes. The links between asset management and community investment for long-term solutions to the cost of living crisis, and other challenges like climate change, are becoming increasingly evident.

Coming up: Tuesday 14th March, 1-2.30pm register here


Yorkshire and Humberside Network – 7th December 

The Yorkshire and Humberside network heard from National Energy Action, who spoke about their previous fuel poverty service for housing associations and their residents. Some key components of their offer to housing associations have included a fuel poverty advice phoneline for residents, putting on events where people can get advice, fuel vouchers and warm packs. Yorkshire and Humberside network members are meeting with NEA in early February to explore the potential for collaborating with them across the region.

We also heard from Great Places about how there are using the social value from contracts to bolster their household assistance fund and hosted breakout rooms where people discussed their plans for winter and long-term solutions for the cost of living crisis.

Coming up: meeting with NEA on 2nd February, 10.30am.

Email  Adam Chester if you have homes in Y&H and would like an invite.


East of England network – 8th December

After a request from the East of England network, HACT used time at the East of England network to give the network a collective showcase of our Social Value Insight tool. If you would like to arrange a showcase of Social Value Insight for your organisation, or with your network, please email Lara Phelps

The group also held a joint discussion about the progress of the Shared Prosperity Fund and discussed plans for winter and long-term solutions for the cost of living crisis.

Coming up: next meeting Thursday  9th March, 10.30-12pm. Register here


Upcoming meetings

Yorkshire and Humberside meeting

with NEA –  2nd Feb, 10.30am-11.30am, email Adam Chester for an invite

Northern Ireland network

9th February, 3-4pm, email Adam Chester for an invite

Get in touch

To join a network or basecamp group, contact HACT Network Lead Adam Chester

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