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Celebrating 10 years of Genfactor: a talent show that teaches young people essential life skills

Celebrating 10 years of Genfactor: a talent show that teaches young people essential life skills

28 May 2019

Ashleigh Powney is Communications Assistant at Gentoo
Genfactor was created in 2009 by Gentoo Group to give young people living or studying in Sunderland the opportunity to develop their talent. Since its launch in 2009, the annual talent competition, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has given those aged between 11 and 18 the opportunity to showcase their talents, whilst assisting to build their confidence and self-esteem.

Tagged with: Investing in communities, Member 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.

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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,

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

Join us for the first ever Women’s Housing Forum

Join us for the first ever Women’s Housing Forum

21 December 2018

Symone Clark-McGuire from Women’s Pioneer Housing and Sarah Stone from Housing for Women
The Women’s Housing Forum was set up to research and address the challenges that women face in accessing and remaining in housing. We want to raise awareness of the link between women’s housing needs and gender inequality.

Tagged with: Member blog

Why you should join the National Domestic Abuse Group

Why you should join the National Domestic Abuse Group

10 December 2018

Lisa Clarke is Tenancy Specialist Manager at Clarion Housing Group and chair of the National Domestic Abuse Group
One in four people experience domestic abuse in the UK, which means that many victims will live in social housing. It’s therefore vital that housing associations understand the scale of the problem, and work together to tackle it.

Tagged with: Welfare reform, Member blog

Let’s tackle shared ownership’s misconceptions once and for all

Let’s tackle shared ownership’s misconceptions once and for all

21 November 2018

Chris Jones is Executive Director, Development at emh group, and Vice Chair of the shared ownership steering group
Our shared ownership campaign has the potential to reinvent how we all market shared ownership and tackle its misconceptions head on – so long as we all get involved.

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How one housing association is helping tenants facing discrimination in the private rented sector

How one housing association is helping tenants facing discrimination in the private rented sector

8 November 2018

Sanjeev Shah is Lettings Manager at Shepherd's Bush Housing Group
Sadly, the release of research this week from the National Housing Federation highlighting blatant discrimination against benefit claimants did not come as a surprise to me. In my role as Private Lettings Manager at Shepherd’s Bush Housing Association, this is something I often see first hand.

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How is devolution changing our relationship to power?

How is devolution changing our relationship to power?

29 October 2018

Molly Bishop is Housing Options Development Officer at Stockport Homes
I regularly find myself exasperated at national politics. At the painstaking lengths people will go to provide opposition, at the lack of evidence-based policy making, and the general impression that it is all a bit of a mess.

Tagged with: Devolution, Member blog,

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