At the NHF, we exist to support you to deliver your social purpose. We create positive change by understanding and anticipating the critical issues affecting your businesses and the sector. We do whatever we can to create the conditions for you to offer truly affordable, high quality homes and services for your residents and for those in housing need.
As the cost of living crisis continues, we want to make sure now more than ever, that we are demonstrating our value to you. Just as you make sure your resources deliver the best possible outcomes for the communities you serve, we make sure ours deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your operating environment. Much of our work takes place behind the scenes, which can often make it challenging to demonstrate its value.
For the first time, we have conveyed our influencing impact – as well as the wider value we offer – in a new report: Your NHF, impact, membership and value for money. We will produce this report every year and share it when we write to you about your fees for the coming year, so you can see what we have delivered and so we can track our own performance and progress.
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As member of the NHF, anyone from your organisation can benefit from our services and get involved in our work. Find out more about our member benefits below – you can also read more about the impact of our work.
On top of the services listed below, every member has a named contact at the NHF who knows and understands your business, discusses priorities and challenges in your area, and helps you get the most out of your NHF membership. We’ve also developed a series of tailored member offers to support smaller members, board members and rural members.
The NHF has a proven track record for being at the forefront of any changes to the housing landscape and successfully influencing policy. We actively seek member views in order to inform our work, and regularly request feedback through consultations and surveys. Members can stay up to date with the latest policy developments by subscribing to NHF News, which highlights the consultations we’re currently working on and how to sign up to our consultation events.
When changes are announced we work quickly to digest the impact on housing associations and communicate these to our members. If necessary, we influence for change through our extensive political engagement. Members can follow our responses to urgent issues and get in touch with our Press team with any questions.
Members can subscribe to a range of newsletters and email updates on topics ranging from building safety to housing finance. We also publish member-only briefings that digest complex topics into need-to-know information, and members get exclusive discounts on our specialist books.
Members can get involved to help raise the sector’s profile – we run high-profile campaigns on key issues for the sector, and contribute to national and local media stories. We anticipate and shape the media landscape to ensure housing associations are understood and not misrepresented. There are different ways to get involved, from sharing messages on social media to providing case studies for our media stories.
We enable collaboration and share insight across the social housing sector by defining and promoting the common values and vision of the sector, supporting our members to work together and take collective action. We also develop and share expert insight and analysis from across our membership.
We run a programme of events which are free for members, which includes our regional leaders forums, national networks on specialist topics, and webinars on a wide range of themes. Members also get exclusive discounts to our sector-leading conferences, packed with influential speakers and politicians, and access to speaking opportunities that can build your organisation’s profile.
Available exclusively for members, we publish high-quality research and data tools. These include a tool to assess the economic impact of your organisation, a database which allows you to build a picture of the housing crisis in your area, and comprehensive research reports on the top housing issues.
We showcase our members’ work, sharing best practice and stories from housing associations. Members get access to a range of opportunities including speaking at our events, chairing our advisory boards and attending our political roundtables. In addition, we regularly feature our members’ case studies in our national media stories, through our social media channels, and on our popular blog.
We work with our Preferred Suppliers to secure deals on products and services that benefit our members and their residents – from providing affordable and flexible contents insurance, to drone services that can provide support on asset management, building safety, development and regeneration. We also provide our smaller members with access to free specialist advice and support on governance, HR, health and safety, and legal issues.
If you’re not a housing association, but looking to connect with the sector, find out more about becoming one of our partners.
To find out more about how you can make the most of your NHF membership, get in touch with our Member Relations team.