International Perspectives

 Thursday 26th November 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | Virtual event via Zoom

Rising to the challenges of 2020.

The COVID-19 virus spread dramatically changed the way that organisations across the globe operate.

Families, friends, and colleagues found themselves unable to meet face-to-face, offices closed and staff worked remotely; and many embraced digital platforms and explored new, innovative ways to stay in touch and remain connected.

Although a deeply challenging time for many, the resilience of individuals, communities, and organisations has been exceptional – something to shout about, to share, and to learn from and develop as we move forward.

The TIS International Perspectives event will harness some of the most exciting and innovative projects from across the globe as we tour around the world and explore what our closest and furthest away communities and colleagues have put in place to respond to the impact of the pandemic.

The TIS International Perspectives event will harness some of the most exciting and innovative projects from across the globe as we tour around the world and explore what our closest and furthest away communities and colleagues have put in place to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note, this programme is subject to change and TIS reserve the right to make alterations and substitutions as necessary.

13:00 Welcome and opening remarks
Sharon Donohoe • Development Director • TIS

13:10 Scottish Social Housing Perspective
Sally Thomas • Director • SFHA
Scotland

Chair of the Scottish Social Housing Resilience Group, Sally, will explore the fundamental role that social housing plays throughout COVID-19. Sally will share challenges experienced across the sector, local and Scotland wide responses, and provide insight into the excellent and innovative housing-led, local community initiatives.

13:45 The European Perspective
Marie Linder • President • International Union of Tenants
Sweden

Marie Linder, President of the International Union of Tenants, will share the excellent work of the IUT and its global membership during the outbreak of COVID-19. With the overall aim of fighting for every person’s human right to a home, Marie, will highlight good practice and challenges experienced by members in these unprecedented times.

14:20 Comfort Break

14:35 A Perspective from Perth
Maxine Ahrens • Manager Property + Commercial • City of Gossnells Council
Australia

City of Gossnells Council received $1.1million dollars from the Australian Government to bring forward a range of community facility upgrades, alongside the development of new projects. Through the medium of film Maxine, her colleagues, and local people will take us on their journey, highlighting how communities and the Council responded to the challenges of the Pandemic and how government funding will assist in achieving their goals.

15:10 Breakout Discussions

All ‘move’ into smaller groups to explore the issues raised in the speaker sessions; discuss opportunities and challenges in housing and communities; and share your own experiences and plans for the future.

15:40 Knowing your Place
Gail Fotheringham • Community + Engagement Advisor • Kaipara District Council
New Zealand

Sharing community development practices in New Zealand’s North Shore, Gail, will explore how local people, businesses, and council officers are working together to create sustainable communities through a place making approach, and will highlight the challenges and opportunities the pandemic and associated lockdowns have presented.

15:55 Close of Event
Ilene Campbell • Chief Executive • TIS

 

This event is aimed at housing organisation professionals and tenants throughout the Scottish social rented housing sector.

TIS Members enjoy at least a 10% discount on all conference, event, training, and consultancy rates. The following rates are costed per delegate:

  • Member: £49
  • Non-Member: £79

 

Please note that TIS does not charge VAT.

Call our events team on 0141 248 1242, or alternatively email info@tis.org.uk.

Cancellations must be made no less than two weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after this time.

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