Community Centres network

About the network and chair

John Gleeson

John Gleeson

Head of Funding and Innovation at Southern Housing Group, Community Centres Network Co-Chair

I’ve worked in housing and social care for over 16 years. I’ve been at SHG for 11 years, where I have led initiatives focused on employment and skills, financial and digital inclusion, social value and community development. I believe strongly in the value of the community assets that housing providers are custodians of. By working collaboratively and learning from each other’s experience we can maximise the positive impact these spaces have for our tenants and their communities.

Michelle Parry

Michelle Parry

Community Assets Officer at Clarion Futures, Co-Chair of the Community Centres Network

I have worked for Clarion Futures for almost 10 years as Community Assets Officer. My role is to identify and support not for profit organisations to manage our 50 or community assets across England. By working in Collaboration with other Housing Associations that have community facilities I feel we can learn from each other on the most effective and successful way to utilise our community assets.

If you want to join Basecamp, the network’s online collaboration space, please email adam.chester@hact.org.uk 

You can also join our ‘New Opportunities’ Basecamp team, where we will post about new funding, collaboration or job opportunities that will be relevant for all of our networks. Link to join here 

Upcoming network dates

Each network meeting has a unique registration link. Please ensure you register separately for all the meetings you would like to attend.

When you register for a network meeting, you will receive an invitation to join the Community Centres Network Basecamp team. If you don’t want to join Basecamp please contact adam.chester@hact.org.uk 

Agendas will be posted here and on Basecamp ahead of meetings

Tuesday 7 June 1-2.30pm

Notes and presentations from the meeting can be viewed on Basecamp

Tuesday 6 September 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 1 November 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 17 January 2023 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 7 March 2023 1-2.30pm

Stay connected between meetings

The Centre uses Basecamp, an online collaboration space, to help network members stay connected in between meetings. On basecamp you can:

  • Ask questions and share resources with other members of the network
  • Access notes from previous network meetings
  • View dates for upcoming meetings

To join the Community Centres Network Basecamp group please contact adam.chester@hact.org.uk

You can see a screenshot of Basecamp’s simple interface below.

 

You can also join our ‘New Opportunities’ Basecamp team, where we will post about new funding, collaboration or job opportunities which will be relevant for all of our networks. Link to join here