Creating impact through Community Investment: Wellbeing, life-skills, training and employment initiatives

What can we learn from the growing awareness and activity around the relationship between health, wellbeing and employment?

Can this help to improve outcomes for service users and for housing providers?

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 reducing, rationalizing or refocusing their CI work. At the same time many communities in these challenging and post-Brexit times are under even more pressure. Re-focused and new responses are needed from agencies across all sectors. In conjunction with our Community Investment partner SRC, we are now running a new series of five seminars to bring the latest developments, thinking and practice to housing providers.

Third Seminar - Wellbeing, life-skills, training and employment initiatives

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.

Who is this event for?

This event is aimed at senior and middle managers responsible for community investment. It may also be useful for other staff, board members and partner agencies keen to keep up to date and network with community investment professionals.


£200 per person plus Eventbrite fees. Payment can be made with a credit or debit card, or you can select to pay by invoice by choosing this option in the payments section.

Multi-buy offer

If you book on to three or more of these seminars, you are entitled to attend an additional seminar session or bring along a colleague to one of your chosen seminars for free. 

Tuesday 24th January 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00
Event price

£200 (Plus Eventbrite fees)