Our first national conference
21 May 2019
Every year, social housing providers invest millions of pounds in their communities, whether through employment schemes, youth work, financial capability initiatives, grant-making or a range of other activities.
This year, for the first time, the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment is hosting the first national conference dedicated to community investment.
Workshop sessions will include:
- Youth engagement (with Daniel Rose, Spotlight Director)
- Supporting boards to champion community investment
- Improving your social impact measurement skills
- Using procurement to drive community investment
Speakers & panel discussions
- The future of civil society, where do housing associations fit?
Asif Afridi – Panel member, Independent Inquiry into the future of civil society, and Deputy CEO of Brap
- Community investment at the core of social housing
Speaker to be announced shortly!
- Can community investment deliver resident involvement?
Panel discussion Rachel Honey-Jones, Head of Community Regeneration, Newydd HA and others to be announced
- GUAC – Communities that Work week
Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, GUAC and Jon Fisher, Head of Communities, Sovereign, and Chair of Board, GUAC
- Celebrating five years of the Social Value Bank: the impact of community investment
Mary-Kathryn Adams, Deputy CEO, HACT
To submit research or examples of best practice to the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment please contact email@example.com
Published by Peabody, June 2018
The 10 year Pembury Children’s Community programme in Hackney is now three years old. This report summarises its achievements and outlines plans for the future.
Evidence shows that it is essential to work across all areas of children’s lives – home, school and community – to make a difference. Children’s Communities bring together local organisations over the long term so that children get the support they need, regardless of their background or where they live.
Have a good day, every day. Our guide to communicating and engaging with our customers
Published by Orbit, October 2016
This guide was produced for staff and partners working across Orbit to help them create the best possible communications and engagement with customers. It includes customer insights, how to define your audience, and how to create a strong message, use the right channels, and understand what matters to your customers.
How to help L&Q’s women residents into work and tackle the barriers they face
Published by L&Q, August 2015
This research aims to better understand the constraints felt by L&Q’s women residents with children to make the transition into work, and the support that could make and sustain the transition.
It also aimed to identify a range of practical ways in which L&Q could support women residents to overcome barriers to work.
A toolkit for housing providers
Authors: Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams and Frances Harkin
Published by HACT, September 2015
Using the experience of Affinity Sutton’s Community Asset Transfer Programme, this toolkit explains how they moved their portfolio of community buildings into long-term local ownership.
The toolkit explores the process from the perspective of community organisations, in order to enable housing providers to understand the operational realities and practical challenges of Community Asset Transfer.
The story so far
Authors: Giles Piercy, Paula Hines and Get Kellaghan
Published by Peabody, May 2018
This is the evaluation report of Peabody’s Positive Steps Thamesmead (PST) programme that started operating in Thamesmead in April 2015.
The report shows how the programme is having a measurable impact on the lives of local people, of whom well over a thousand were seen by PST volunteers. It also highlights how PST has benefitted other stakeholder groups, including statutory providers, local partner and volunteers.
Providing the tools to help families thrive
Author: Rachel Dixon and Christoph Sinn
Published by Orbit, March 2018
This report is the culmination of twelve months of research conducted by Orbit in partnership with the Child Poverty Action Group to find out more about the children and parents living in their homes.
It includes a number of practical solutions, including the three key steps:
- listening and engaging with children to understand their needs
- challenging and questioning processes
- working in partnership to achieve more
A framework for practitioners
Author: Sally Thomas
Published by HACT, June 2015 (updated version)
This framework provides guidance for housing providers as they develop a community investment strategy that is tailored to the needs of their communities.
The framework can be both a guide and a toolkit: it brings together information, experience and references in order to help all housing providers develop their community investment programmes.
This is the updated version from 2015.
Authors: Jim Vine, with Christina Knudsen and Phil Goddard
Published by HACT, November 2016
Using a series of data analytical methods, this research paper sets out to establish whether community investment activities provide a return on investment and cost savings. It demonstrates that successful community investment activities go beyond benefitting residents and improve the costs and demands on the core housing business.