sThe Centre hosts a number of geographic and thematic networks that meet on a regular basis to discuss priorities across the community investment space. Below you will find information on each of our networks and how to get involved.

THE CENTRE DISCUSSES

The Centre Discusses is a fortnightly webinar series from The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment which connects community investment leaders and practitioners from around the UK with a range of relevant and inspiring speakers.

The speakers will discuss a wide range of topics, from showcasing innovative community investment work to bringing us opportunities for collaboration, and keeping us ahead of the curve on the latest trends and challenges which affect our work.

Next webinar

Stigma and Social Housing in England 

Wednesday 10th November 10:00-11:00am

Register Free!

Speakers:

  •        Dr. Mercy Denedo (Durham University)
  •        Dr. Amanze Ejiogu (University of Leicester

We are joined by Dr. Amanze Ejiogu and Dr. Mercy Denedo to discuss their recent report “Stigma and Social Housing in England.” The report, published in July 2021, is an in-depth analysis of the multiple factors which lead to social housing residents facing stigma because they rent their home from a social landlord.

Together, we will consider the findings of the report, and think about what is within the power of community investment colleagues to help tackle this stigma.


    Future webinars

     

    Ian Byrne MP on the #RightToFood

    Wednesday 24 November , 10:00-11:00am

    Speakers: Ian Byrne MP

       

      SCOTLAND

      Network lead: Michael McLaughlin – Digital Lead, HACT

      The Scotland network meets every two months on the last Monday to discuss their priorities. Agendas and notes from previous meetings will be discussed in advance of the meeting. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Monday 31 January, 2:00-3:30pm
      • Monday 28 March, 2:00-3:30pm

      If you would like to sign up to the meeting or be added to the network, please contact Michael McLaughlin at michael.mclaughlin@hact.org.uk.

       

      WALES

      Network lead: Rachel Honey-Jones – Head of Community Regeneration, Newydd

      The Wales network for community investment professionals in social housing meet every two months on the fourth Thursday to discuss priorities. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Thursday 25 November, 1:00-2:30pm
      • Thursday 27 January, 1:00-2:30pm
      • Thursday 24 March, 1:00-2:30pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      NORTHERN IRELAND

      Network lead: Grainne Mullin – Community Investment Manager, Radius

      The Northern Ireland network for community investment professionals in social housing meet on the second Thursday of every month to discuss priorities. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Thursday 11 November, 3:00-4:00pm
      • Thursday 9 December, 3:00-4:00pm
      • Thursday 13 January 2022, 3:00-4:00pm
      • Thursday 10 February, 3:00-4:00pm
      • Thursday 10 March, 3:00-4:00pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      NORTH WEST

      Network lead: Bev Bertenshaw – Community Impact Manager, First Choice Homes Oldham

      The North West network for community investment professionals in social housing meet every two months on the first Tuesday to discuss priorities. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Tuesday 7 December, 1:00-2:30pm
      • Tuesday 1 February, 1:00-2:30pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

      Network lead: James Haigh – Enhanced Tenancy Services Manager, Yorkshire Housing

      The Yorkshire & Humberside network for community investment professionals in social housing meet every two months on the third Thursday to discuss priorities. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Thursday 18 November, 10:30am-12:00pm
      • Thursday 20 January, 10:30am-12:00pm
      • Thursday 17 March, 10:30am-12:00pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      EAST OF ENGLAND

      Network lead: Charmaine Simei – Director of Community Investment, Longhurst Group

      The East of England network for community investment professionals in social housing meet every three months on the second Thursday to discuss priorities. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Thursday 9 December, 10:00am-12:00pm
      • Thursday 10 March, 10:00am-12:00pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      SOUTH WEST

      Network lead: Bee Rowley – Community Investment Manager, Coastline Housing

      The South West network for community investment professionals in social housing meet every two months on the last Tuesday to discuss priorities. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Tuesday 28 December, 1:00-2:30pm
      • Tuesday 22 February, 1:00-2:30pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      LONDON & SOUTH EAST

      Network lead: John Orton – Community Investment Manager, PA Housing

      The London & South East network for community investment professionals in social housing meet every two months on the fourth Tuesday to discuss priorities. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Tuesday 23 November, 10:30am-12:00pm
      • Tuesday 25 January 2022, 10:30am-12:00pm
      • Tuesday 22 March 2022, 10:30am-12:00pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      MIDLANDS HOUSING & EMPLOYMENT FORUM

      Network lead: Jenny Jackson – Employability Officer, Futures Housing Group / Julie Haywood – Director of Community Investment, whg

      The Midlands Housing & Employment Forum for community investment professionals in social housing meet to discuss priorities around employment and training. We will send out information on connecting to the call to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings: (dates TBC)

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      CENTRAL SOUTHERN NETWORK

      Network lead: Chris Adams – Employment and Training Manager, Abri

      The Central Southern network for community investment professionals in social housing meet quarterly to discuss priorities around employment and training. We will send out more information about the meetings to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Wednesday 1 December, 1:00-3:00pm (in person)
      • Wednesday 16 March, 1:00-3:00pm (in person)

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      COMMUNITY CENTRES

      Network leads: Michelle Parry – Community Assets Officer / Kate Beeching – Communities Manager (Community Assets) / Libby O’Neill – Community Spaces Development Officer, Southern / John Gleeson – Head of Funding & Innovation, Southern

      The Community Centres network meet every two months on the first Tuesday to discuss the management of community centres and their usage by social housing residents. We will send out more information about the meetings to everyone who signs up.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Tuesday 7 December, 10:30am-12:00pm
      • Tuesday 1 February, 10:30am-12:00pm

      If you would like to sign up to the meeting or be added to the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      RACIAL EQUALITY GROUP (REG)

      Network leads: Dele Ryder – Partnership and Fundraising Manager, A2Dominion / Charmaine Simei – Director of Community Investment, Longhurst Group

      Alongside many across the UK, housing associations were spurred into action by the murder of George Floyd in 2020 and the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement. A group of committed housing associations have worked with the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment to form a Racial Equality Group.

      Following a joint statement of intent from the group and engagement events with colleagues across the sector to develop plans, the Racial Equality Group are hosting this event to continue the conversation and keep pushing for action to move towards racial equality.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings: (dates tbc)

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or more information about the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      HOUSING ASSOCIATION YOUTH NETWORK (HAYN)

      Network leads: Sarah Willis – Head of Strategic Partnerships, MTVH / Daniel Rose – Spotlight Director, Spotlight/Poplar Harca

      The Housing Association Youth Network (HAYN) will meet quarterly to discuss community investment work in relation to young people.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings:

      • Tuesday 16 November, 1:00-2:30pm
      • Tuesday 8 February, 1:00-2:30pm

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or more information about the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk

       

      AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES NETWORK

      Network lead: Sarah Mitton – Age Friendly Communities Manager, Clarion

      The Age Friendly Communities Network, support by The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment and Clarion Futures, meets to discuss how to support residents to age well in their communities.

      Please see below dates for upcoming meetings: (dates tbc)

      If you would like to sign up to a meeting or more information about the network, please contact Adam Chester at adam.chester@hact.org.uk