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Help shape your new website

Help shape your new website

21 March 2019

Helen Jeffery is Digital Manager at the National Housing Federation
Last year we surveyed our members about our ambitions to revolutionise our digital services and develop a personalised housing hub. Now we need your help to turn that vision into reality.

Tagged with: Federation blog

Six questions board members should ask when discussing digital strategy with their executives

Six questions board members should ask when discussing digital strategy with their executives

8 March 2019

Peter Lunio is a Non-Executive Director at EPIC Housing and a Business Partner at Insights with Purpose
As a housing association board member and a technology advisor, I’m often surprised by how digitally unsavvy board members can be. I know some organisations are creating new technology forums, building the expertise of their board members, and strengthening IT governance – all with the aim of allowing boards to guide management by asking the right questions about the impact of technology.

Tagged with: Employment and Skills, Guest blog,

Together with Tenants – we will listen completely to tenants’ and residents’ voices

Together with Tenants – we will listen completely to tenants’ and residents’ voices

7 March 2019

Jacqui McKinlay is Chief Executive of Centre for Public Scrutiny
Last Friday, we hosted an engagement session with around a dozen tenants in Liverpool as part of the ‘Together with Tenants’ consultation. For two hours we listened, answered questions, and received lots of healthy challenge on all aspects of the plan and the detail of the charter commitments.

Tagged with: Together with Tenants, Guest blog

LGBT History Month – looking back and moving forwards

LGBT History Month – looking back and moving forwards

4 March 2019

Cressida Stanley-Williams, Service Development Manager – Community Services & Kevan Forde, Head of Innovation at Anchor Hanover
If we look back only 10 years to 2009, Gordon Brown was Prime Minister and the Equalities Act was about to become law. People tended to talk about LGB people, not including the T we’re now all used to. Civil Partnerships were in place for Lesbians and Gay Men but not equal marriage. In the workplace it was rare to find staff networks for any specific groups, including LGBT+ people.

Tagged with: Guest blog,

Ten top tips for securing planning permission

Ten top tips for securing planning permission

28 February 2019

Duncan Neish, Policy Officer, National Housing Federation
When it comes to building new homes, the planning process can be difficult and uncertain, but there are things you can do to make the process smoother. Many associations already do, providing some of the inspiration for this blog.

Tagged with: New Homes, Federation blog,

Domestic abuse – it’s a board member issue too

Domestic abuse – it’s a board member issue too

25 February 2019

Joice Rennie, Board Member at Arches Housing in Sheffield and Vice Chair at Rykneld Homes
As board members, we have an important role to play in supporting and leading our organisations to work with others to improve services for victims of domestic abuse across the sector. We can offer our knowledge, experience, support and networks to champion the cause at board level – and a good place to start is by encouraging our organisations to Make A Stand.

Tagged with: Member blog,

Housing associations and local authorities working together to build more homes

Housing associations and local authorities working together to build more homes

20 February 2019

Allister Young, Chief Executive, Coastline Housing and Jon Lloyd-Owen, Service Director – Housing, Cornwall Council
With vital support from Cornwall Council, housing associations built a quarter of all new homes in the county last year. Part one of our look at housing associations’ partnerships with local authorities explains how the relationship works.

Tagged with: New Homes, Member blog,

We’re proud to be a Stonewall top 100 LGBT inclusive workplace

We’re proud to be a Stonewall top 100 LGBT inclusive workplace

19 February 2019

John Glenton is Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside
Our place in Stonewall’s top 100 is just one way of sending out a clear message to our colleagues and customers that Riverside is committed to being a truly inclusive housing provider and employer.

How Women’s Pioneer Housing became Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accredited

How Women’s Pioneer Housing became Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accredited

7 February 2019

Aidan McCarthy is Housing Inclusion Manager at Women’s Pioneer Housing
We need a holistic approach to tackling domestic abuse, that’s why we became Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accredited. We were one of the first housing associations to receive accreditation from DAHA, here’s a brief idea of why we sought accreditation, and what the process was like. But most importantly to encourage you to become accredited too.

Tagged with: Member blog

Creating an Enviable Workplace

Creating an Enviable Workplace

5 February 2019

Andy Partridge, Founder of Enviable Workplace
Ahead of speaking at the HR in Housing 2019 conference, Andy shares his tips on creating a thriving workplace.

Tagged with: Guest blog

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