Blog: 2018

Don’t get lost in translation

by Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive - on 16/12/2018

Later this week, the government is expected to release its ten-year plan for the NHS. Although bearing in mind the political upheavals we witnessed last week, it’s touch and go as to whether this will or will not happen.

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A new funding opportunity

by Barry Malki, Head of Communities - on 10/12/2018

Last week, I attended an interesting event to showcase the Community Impact Partnership, a £3m social investment fund run by Clarion, Peabody L&Q and Orbit. The programme provides an alternative option to traditional models of funding by offering a blend of grants and loan of between £25,000 and £150,000 to community businesses, social enterprises and charities.

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The view from Bristol

by Barry Malki, Head of Communities - on 06/12/2018

We wrapped up our tour of Centre for Excellence Roadshows in Bristol last week, at the rather brilliant Armada Rooms. The conversation was lively with attendees coming from as far apart as Plymouth and Newcastle, and it was nice to see a few familiar faces.

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Focusing on reactive repairs

by Jay Saggar, Digital Lead - on 04/12/2018

Last week, we released version 2.0 of the UK Housing Data Standards. This version is the culmination of four months of hard work from the project team made up of eight housing providers (Coastline, Halton Housing Trust, L&Q, Lewisham Homes, Magna, Metropolitan Thames Valley, Poplar HARCA and Settle) plus OSCRE and HACT.

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The view from Cardiff

by Vikki Holloway - on 23/11/2018

Yesterday I was invited to a workshop in Cardiff being run by Barry and Adam from HACT to develop the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect...

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Speaker spotlight: Sarah Mbatha, Octavia

by Matthew Grenier - on 22/11/2018

In the build-up to our Innovation in Practice 2018 conference, we interviewed Sarah Mbatha from Octavia, one of the speakers at the conference.

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What’s working?

by Jahkeita McHardy - on 21/11/2018

“As our sector comes under increasing pressure to demonstrate the impact of services in empirical terms, so more organisations are looking to put these interventions to test,” Dr Rob Wray, Deputy Chief Executive of HACT said. “And randomised control trials (RCTs) are seen as the gold standard for providing hard evidence of what actually works.”

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Speaker spotlight: Aviv Katz, YearHere

by Matthew Grenier - on 16/11/2018

In the build-up to our Innovation in Practice 2018 conference, we interviewed Aviv Katz, from YearHere, one of the speakers at the conference.

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Devil is in the detail

by Sam Scharf, Orbit Group - on 14/11/2018

Following the budget announcements last week we welcomed the top level announcement on the additional support and funding for Universal Credit roll out. With 61% of customers in receipt of Universal Credit in arrears, Orbit have been actively looking at how we support customers and are successfully reducing levels of arrears. However, we know that the wider rollout will continue to put pressure on us as a business, and more importantly on our customers.

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Speaker spotlight: Chris Lees, Serendipity29

by Matthew Grenier - on 13/11/2018

In the build-up to our Innovation in Practice 2018 conference, we interviewed Chris Lees, from Serendipity29, one of the speakers at the conference.

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