Creating impact through Community Investment

For several years HACT has provided a forum for cutting edge thinking about community investment. Since our last series of seminars, the environment has changed significantly, both in terms of policies and available resources. 

Housing associations are reacting in different ways; variously pulling out, rationalizing or refocusing community investment. At the same time many communities in these new austerity and post-Brexit times are under even more pressure.

Re-focused and innovative responses are needed from agencies across all sectors. In conjunction with our Community Investment partner Social Regenration Consultants, we are now running a new series of four seminars to update people on latest developments and share learning and best practice.

Available seminars 

You can book on to as many as you like. SPECIAL OFFER - If you book on to three or more seminars you will get one additional seminar at no cost that can be used either by yourself or for a colleague to accompany you on one of your chosen seminars.

Refocusing Community Investment (now completed and no longer taking bookings)
Monday 21 November 2016, 11am-4pm

The first seminar will provide a general introduction and update on the new landscape for Community Investment. We will look at future resourcing and delivery. We will arm participants to argue the case for CI within their organisations and make the links with the business bottom line. We will provide ideas and examples as to how to develop the next generation of Community Investment and social impact work.  Attendees will also have the chance to share their organisations’ experience and to learn from informed commentators from beyond the sector.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ben Hughes, Chief Executive, the Local Trust, the £200m national lottery funded resident led community action programme and the country's biggest community development initiative
  • James Tickell, Director at Campbell Tickell, leading consultants to housing associations who will talk about how to ‘sell’ Community Investment internally, to Boards and senior managers
  • Bill Lovat, Regional Director, Regenda Group, who will talk about what Community Investment looks like now and in the future at Regenda
  • Mark Jory, Community Investment Manager, Helena Partnerhsip, will look into the issues of why Community Investment should be regarded as core business, how we address risks and measure outcomes
  • Sally Thomas, Director of Communities, HACT, who will talk about the outcomes of a recent survey of Community Investment professionals

Find out more and book your place.

Wellbeing, life-skills, training and employment initiatives
Tuesday 24 January 2017

Do you know who your most in need and most ‘expensive’ tenants are? Do you understand the changing demographics of your client base? What can we learn from the growing awareness and activity around the relationship between health and wellbeing and employment? Hear from people who are leading the development of collaborative working in these fields. Learn from case studies, share issues and pick up tips for more effective work in these areas.

We have the following speakers lined up so far –

  • Tony Stacey - Chief Executive, South Yorkshire HA on how they used their care and support specialism, their general needs housing and their community investment capacity to develop and deliver a Sheffield wide Lottery Funded Programme – Age Better Sheffield – and how has this aided the development of their business.
  • Andrew Van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT and a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Trust – on engaging with the NHS – current priorities and challenges of working with the NHS, how housing associations can best engage with the health sector. He will share examples of how housing associations and NHS Providers can better connect and where the shared priorities between two very different worlds.
  •  Gillian Hewitson, Chief Executive of Newcastle Futures – a joint venture between Newcastle City Council, Job Centre Plus and local agencies that provides a wide range of getting into work services. Gill will provide insights from the mainstream employment/ employability sector and the need and challenges in rethinking and repositioning services from having a provider focused perspective to genuinely customer focused approaches. 
  • Rachel Honey Jones, Community Regeneration Manager, Newydd HA – will talk about Lottery funded and partnership work being undertake in Wales which involves general health and wellbeing activities and also link into core activities offers such as digital inclusion and employment support.

  • Caroline McBride, Head of Community Development, Golding Homes and Robert Carroll, Head of Community Investment at their delivery partner Mitie, will outline the innovative community investment partnership and projects they have developed. They will look at the impact of their work  with HACT around social value calculation and look at some of the challenges faced.

Find out more and book your place.

Working with limited resources and at distance
Tuesday 21 February 2017
How to develop and deliver a cost effective approach on limited resources, in rural settings or at a distance. Find out more and book your place.

What is the Social Purpose of housing now
Tuesday 21 March 2017

Should we take community investment from being a non-core activity to one which is embedded and delivered across the whole organisation so being a social business is everyone’s business and, if so, how? Find out more and book your place. Find out more and book your place.

Who are these events for?

These seminars are aimed at senior and middle managers responsible for community investment. It may also be useful for other staff and Board members and partner agencies keen to keep up to date and network with community investment professionals.

Associated costs

Each seminar costs £200 plus a small Eventbrite fee to attend.

When booking on to three or more seminars you will receive one additional seminar at no cost, which you can take yourself or invite a colleague along to one that you are attending. Once this offer has been booked we will be in touch with you directly to see which option you would like.