Here’s the latest news, and the latest views about community investment across the UK.
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By Robert Sugden and Adam Chester Since 20 November, the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment has hosted four roundtable discussions on the future of community investment – in Swansea, London, Manchester, and Glasgow. And we’re still not done! Ahead of the...
The Welsh Government’s rent settlement announcement at the beginning of the year was greeted with dismay by many social housing providers in Wales. It has already resulted in many assessing cost-cutting strategies, and may result in a significant reduction in community investement activities by some Welsh housing associations.
Last week, I attended an interesting event to showcase the Community Impact Partnership, a £3m social investment fund run by Clarion, Peabody L&Q and Orbit. The programme provides an alternative option to traditional models of funding by offering a blend of grants and loan of between £25,000 and £150,000 to community businesses, social enterprises and charities.
We wrapped up our tour of Centre for Excellence Roadshows in Bristol last week, at the rather brilliant Armada Rooms. The conversation was lively with attendees coming from as far apart as Plymouth and Newcastle, and it was nice to see a few familiar faces.
Yesterday I was invited to a workshop in Cardiff being run by Barry and Adam from HACT to develop the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect…
Following the budget announcements last week we welcomed the top level announcement on the additional support and funding for Universal Credit roll out. With 61% of customers in receipt of Universal Credit in arrears, Orbit have been actively looking at how we support customers and are successfully reducing levels of arrears.
Sure enough, Kevin from CoControl was true to his promise, turning up at his third consecutive roadshow. Despite being warned by Barry that all the roadshows follow the same format, Kevin was no doubt conscious there are regional and national differences that emerge through the discussions we have at roadshows. Glasgow proved to be no different.
As we continue our journey around the UK to talk with community investment colleagues to shape the Centre for Excellence, some of our intended outcomes are already being realised (albeit in a small way!).
We’re making our way around the UK and visiting seven cities to develop the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment. On Monday we hosted our third roadshow and got the view from London.
As we develop the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment, we’re hosting a series of roadshows around the UK. On Thursday, we were in Belfast and I had two key takeaways from this session.
The first roadshow was kindly hosted by colleagues at Yorkshire Housing. Attendees came from far and wide to hear about the Centre and input their view, with some making the journey from Bolton, Manchester, and Blackpool. The atmosphere in the room was lively from the start, with a warm buzz and friendly chatter setting the scene for the rest of the afternoon.
In this blog, I’m focusing on the fourth pillar of the Centre: inspire.
Building evidence that drives insight and demonstrates the impact of community investment, is the third pillar of the Centre. By focusing on evidence and research, we believe we can support community investment to be perceived as a robust area of business, rather than a nice add-on.
To encourage and promote innovation, we will curate a programme of thought leadership for the Centre, as well as developing ways of identifying and promoting best practice across the community investment sector.
Influence is one of the key functions of the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment: to provide a platform to champion the importance and impact of community investment across the UK.
HACT is delighted to announce that Sovereign Housing Association has signed up to be one of the five core funders of the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment.
By using the UK social value bank and using its recommended questions to understand of the impact of financial circumstances on wellbeing, we may then be able to get to the source of a problem
“The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment will advance the impact of community investment at the core of social housing,” said Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT. “The online Centre will curate resources, research and evidence to support community investment professionals as they demonstrate their value and impact.”
Sport and physical activity plays a key role in people’s lives: you only have to look at the frenzy surrounding the World Cup in Russia to see the significance people place on sporting activity and the events surrounding them.
Two years ago, at the end of the empty homes community grants programme, we brokered a number of discussions about community-led housing with some of the leading proponents in the sector. One issue that cropped up repeatedly was the need for one central resource hub.
At HACT we support and champion the role of housing in their communities, and have been doing so for decades. Over the coming week we will be publishing a series of blogs that explores some of the great things our sector does.
The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment is an initiative from HACT, UK housing’s ideas and innovation agency.
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