Your work with communities

How to deliver real community value. That’s the challenge facing social housing providers, and their partners, every single day.

The fact is that community investment alone is not the answer. That’s only effective when combined with sound strategic thinking, cutting-edge local insight and expert guidance. With products and services in all of these areas, HACT are the perfect partners to help you rise to the challenge.

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Community Investment Support

HACT have long been champions and contributors to the vital work social housing organisations do alongside people and communities to help them thrive.

As local anchor organisations, social investors and custodians of community spaces, housing associations are uniquely placed to support individuals and communities through a wide range of programmes, services and initiatives. For over 60 years HACT has been working with the sector, and a wide range of partners, to support the development and delivery of this work.

With expertise spanning employment, health, financial inclusion, resident involvement, fundraising and programme development, let’s see how we can help.

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Community investment services

Strategic Development – bringing together evidence and providing support for creating engagement and investment strategies.

Facilitation and Workshops – supporting boards and organisations to understand stakeholder priorities, create new partnerships and embed social purpose.

Networking, conferences and events - to keep up to date with innovative projects and good practice.

Working in place programme

A new programme of support, learning and development for housing associations to help them successfully embrace the future opportunities of working at place.

The programme will explore some of the key issues around the role of social landlords in place and translate current and new opportunities into plans for future service delivery.

Community anchors

Housing associations are social businesses at the heart of the communities they serve. Delivering social value has always been a central aspect of their work. As well as providing affordable homes and a range of support services, social landlords invest in local communities and work alongside people and communities to help them thrive.

In recent years they have developed sophisticated mechanisms for funding and supporting social investment and, as organisations anchored in communities, they contribute to the economic and social well-being of the area.

Community Investment Health Check

Use our free tool to understand how can you maximise the impact of your community investment budget.

A good starting point for designing or refining your community investment strategy is to explore how well community investment is understood and aligned across your organisation.

Accessed via HACT’s online platform’s digital channel, the free health check tool takes you through a series of simple questions so you can gain an understanding of your organisation’s current view and, based on your responses, produces an action plan to help you take the next step in the right direction.

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Centre for Excellence in Community Investment

The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment was established in 2018 to champion and celebrate the role of community investment across the UK.

It provides a mechanism for community investment professionals to share and develop their practice, through a series of regional and thematic networks, covering issues including racial equality, young people, ageing communities and community centres.

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Age Friendly Social Housing Programme

Our newly established Age Friendly networks will facilitate joined-up thinking and working between social landlords and their partners around their activities and services for over 50s in the three localities, allowing us to pool resources and move from individual to collective action.

The networks will work alongside residents to create new activities and services for over 50s and enhance existing age friendly provision within each area, testing new approaches to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

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If you have a question, query or idea, we’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch with our Head of Communities and Projects to start the conversation!

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