Community Impact Week

Community Impact Week gives housing associations an opportunity to publicly celebrate the difference they make for individuals and the places in which they live.

Every day, innovative projects and programmes run by housing associations up and down the country help to transform people’s lives, and the communities in which they live. Community Impact Week is an opportunity to celebrate the difference they make, by promoting their impact to the outside world.

Community Impact Week: 6-12 November

Community Impact Week was due to take place in late July but we’ve decided to postpone it until the autumn. While the attention of the sector is rightly focused on responding to the Grenfell Tower fire, housing associations will not have the capacity to give Community Impact Week the attention it deserves. Community Impact Week is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the great work housing associations do with MP visits and local media stories and by moving it to later in the year, this will allow us all to dedicate more time to making it a success.

Community Impact Week is giving housing associations a focused period within which to celebrate with staff, residents and external partners. Here are just a few ideas you may want to consider:

  • inviting your local councillor or MP to visit, to find out more about what you do for people in their consistency
  • planning an event, or adapting one that already coincides with Community Impact Week. These might include a topping out ceremony, the completion or opening of new homes, marketing events, the launch of new community facilities, or a variety of resident involvement activities
  • planning a celebration with staff, residents or external partners and taking the opportunity to talk about your impact at the same time
  • publishing articles in resident newsletters and other publications
  • issuing press releases to coincide with Community Impact Week
  • promoting your impact through articles and case studies online, through your website and on social media.

Here are a few simple tools to help you get involved:

The week is also your opportunity to vote for your favourite shortlisted entry from this year's Community Impact Awards.

Join the conversation on Twitter to raise the profile of your projects and the positive impact they have on people's lives in your area.