Upcoming events

Community Investment Conference 2024: Putting principles into practice

Tuesday 24 September
09:00 — 16:00

As the sector faces significant challenges, risks and opportunities, being able to navigate these alongside regulatory changes, legal obligations and ethical standards is essential for effective decision-making.  Community Investment work is often the first to feel the pinch in times like these, which is why this year’s conference is focusing on how linking together principal and practice, and focusing on place and partnerships is key to keep pushing the envelope with community investment projects and initiatives. 

Upcoming Network meetings

Digital Inclusion Network

Monday 22 July
12:00 — 13:30

The digital inclusion network brings together social housing colleagues to share best practice and resources and to hear from expert speakers working specifically to foster digital inclusion.

Community Centres Network

Wednesday 24 July
10:00 — 11:30

The Community Centres Network is run by the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment. Members of the community centres network mostly come from housing associations, but some network members are from independent community centres or charity sector partners.

Green Skills network

Tuesday 30 July
11:00 — 12:00

Our next Green Skills update will be chaired by David Bussey, Clarion Futures, and he will be joined by Ollie Bolwell Head of Strategy & Incubation at OVO talking about the Green Skills work being completed. Ollie will share the work OVO have been doing around retrofit, he will share learnings, discussing any gaps and barriers they are facing in green skills sector and discussing any initiatives OVO are involved in. We will then hold a Q&A – a great opportunity to be inspired and ask those important questions.

upcoming NED Network sessions

Fighting stigma: How we talk about our homes matters

Wednesday 17 July
16:00 — 17:00

How we talk about homes matters, whether it’s in communications about the importance of social homes, particularly those about housing policy, deciding strategic direction, or driving narrative change. With lots of challenges facing the sector, how we communicate is key to keeping social housing on the agenda, getting the right people with the right skills and securing funding.

Natalie Tate from the Talking about Housing project will lead this session to provide key learnings from the research and help you to support your organisation to tell a better story about homes.

Training

An introduction to social value – September

Wednesday 11 September
10:00 — 13:00

Informed by years of combined experience of using, advising, and teaching organisations to use social value principle, the training is designed to benefit anyone seeking to understand, measure and attach a value to the social impact of their work. As social value becomes increasingly established as part of procurement and public sector processes, get ahead of the curve and get the knowledge you need to go beyond ticking a box and measure your true social value impact.

An introduction to social value – December

Tuesday 3 December
10:00 — 13:00

Informed by years of combined experience of using, advising, and teaching organisations to use social value principle, the training is designed to benefit anyone seeking to understand, measure and attach a value to the social impact of their work. As social value becomes increasingly established as part of procurement and public sector processes, get ahead of the curve and get the knowledge you need to go beyond ticking a box and measure your true social value impact.

Watch & listen again

Watch & listen again to some of our events from this year

Social value, social housing and the residents’ perspective: a conversation

This session was a facilitated conversation providing space for residents to express their thoughts, perspectives and hopes for social value.

Chaired by Catherine Ryder, Placeshapers

Many thanks to:

Steve MacKenzie, Yorkshire Housing

Alison Hill, Clarion

Cindy Boa, Clarion

Katrina Wright, Teviot Estate

Where do I start with social value?

Using examples from different organisations, we share some of the challenges, opportunities and approaches that they have taken in beginning their social value journey.

Chaired by Frances Harkin, HACT

Presentations from:

Abbie Peel, HomeGroup

Bryan Dando, Barrhead Housing Association

Ned Hartfiel, Prifysgol Bangor – Bangor University

Mark Forsyth, British Red Cross

 

 

 

The importance of evidence: moving towards a social value assurance framework

Hear how better assurance of impact metrics and reporting is required to drive this forward.

Chaired by Michael McLaughlin, HACT

Presentations from:

William Hughes, Mazars 

Anna Haskins, The Good Economy 

Deborah Williams, SNG

 

Unequal and disproportionate: the impact of the cost of living crisis on Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents

For this Racial Equality Group event, the focus was on the impact of the cost of living crisis on Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents. We were joined by 3 speakers, Stephen Burns, Executive Director of Care and Communities at Peabody,  Max Williams, Senior Researcher at The Runnymede Trust and Ayesha Begum, Programme Manager for Strategy & Impact at Fair4All Finance who shared their insights, research and expertise. 

Green Skills Network: An update with Christina Byrne and David Bussey

For the 3rd update with the Green Skills Network, we were joined by Christina Byrne, Regional Social Value Manager at Wates and David Bussey, National Employer and Partnerships Manager, Clarion Housing Group and Chair of the Green Skills Network who shared the details of a pilot initiative ran throughout December supporting 10 customers into training to become a Domestic Energy Assessor and Retrofit Assessor.

Food insecurity: 49 events. 85,000 meals

Food insecurity with the London Food Insecurity Network & The Felix Project

49 events. 85,000 meals.

How London HA Winter markets and food pantries gave vital support to residents over the festive period.