Working Groups update
A progress update from the five working groups set up by the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment.
Following meetings over the last two months, the five working groups set up to design and develop the Centre’s work programme have established some objectives as well as some short term goals.
Influence (external): the group aims to raise awareness of social housing providers’ community investment activities amongst various stakeholder groups, including local and national government, policy makers, membership bodies and the media. The initial focus of the working group will be in developing a set of shared descriptors about community investment, as well as a strategic-level public affairs strategy. Christoph discusses the working group’s objectives in more detail.
Influence (internal): the group aims to influence internally at all levels, demonstrating the value of community investment to individuals, to the business and to society. The initial focus of the working group will be in developing a Board Charter that commits the organisation to community investment, how this will be delivered and how impact will be demonstrated.
Innovate: the group aims to address future challenges for the sector and how community investment can support these. The initial focus of the working group will be on scoping and developing a projects database, and the group plans to engage with people around the country as it develops this database.
Insight: the group aims to both develop an accessible knowledge bank that serves as an evidence base for community investment activities, to share best practice through resources, and to promote new research around community investment. The initial focus of the working group will be to build on the outcomes of the research symposium in developing a research strategy for the Centre.
Inspire: the group aims to promote the professional development of community investment, endorsing it as a career path of choice, and developing online resources for staff and residents. The initial focus of the working group will be in developing a community investment qualification framework.
If you would like to be involved in any of the working groups, or have any questions about their work, please contact Adam Chester.