Here’s the latest news, and the latest views about community investment across the UK.

Going The Mile

Going The Mile

The Mason Mile supports hard to reach communities become more physically active through the delivery of one mile structured and unstructured routes, and has recently partnered with housing associations to do so.

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A match funding opportunity

A match funding opportunity

HACT is coordinating a consortium bid from housing associations that would match fund any new grants made to local charities. The Community Match Challenge is a new initiative from the Government, consisting of £85million that will be used to match new...

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Geographic networks update

Geographic networks update

The Centre has been busy setting up geographic networks across England. Here’s an update on what networks have been set up so far, which have held their first meetings, and which networks are soon to be established.

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Updates from first North West network meeting

Updates from first North West network meeting

The first North West network meeting in Manchester brought together 32 people from 20 different housing associations across the local area. Sarah Kleuter, Centre’s Network Lead for the North West of England, told us about some of the key outcomes.

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Jobs in a Box: Dressing up with a difference

Jobs in a Box: Dressing up with a difference

A dressing up box that teaches primary school children about different roles in housing will soon be piloted at three primary schools in the South West. Could this be a solution to the housing sector’s recruitment problems?

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One year on: Sport

One year on: Sport

Last summer, amidst the world cup frenzy, Frances Harkin wrote about the role HACT was playing in building bridges between social housing providers and sports organisations. Here we reflect on her thoughts a few months on.

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One year on: Developing insight

One year on: Developing insight

Here we reflect on HACT Chief Executive Andrew Van Doorn’s blog in which he outlined the third pillar of the Centre for Excellence in Community investment: insight. Originally published in October 2018, his words are still relevant a year on.

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One year on: Local issues, local solutions

One year on: Local issues, local solutions

We look back at a blog written by Ian Wardle, a member of the Great Places Commission, and Group Chief Executive at Thirteen Group, about the special role Housing Associations can play as organisations in tune with local issues, and how they can contribute to creating ‘great places’.

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Changing the narrative

Changing the narrative

When you’re talking about your work to someone in a social situation and you mention community investment, how often do you get greeted with a blank stare and non-committal nod?

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The poverty premium

The poverty premium

Say the term “poverty premium” to people and many won’t know what it is. But when you use the “Boots Theory” to describe it, then it makes complete sense.

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Taking the first steps

Taking the first steps

I don’t think there’s ever been a more important or pressing time for housing associations to breathe life into their social purpose and step up to the community plate.

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The benefits of community investment

The benefits of community investment

Sovereign recently committed to triple its investment in communities. This step change in investment was won off the track record set by our work in our priority communities, and the fantastic results our employment and training service deliver. 

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Learning from history

Learning from history

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.

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