Official Programme Launched For TIS Annual Conference 2013

TIS Conference

TIS are thrilled to release the official programme for the Annual Conference 2013. Although the deadline has passed for booking Residential places, we still have a handful of rooms available if you would like to be part of this stimulating event. We are also still taking bookings for Day Delegate places.

To see the detailed programme, go to the Conference & Events section of the website, and click on the ‘more information’ tab under Annual Conference.
Saturday 1st June

Question Time Session

The “Question Time” session will be chaired by the BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor who will encourage a lively debate with the panel and conference delegates on the challenging time ahead for Scotland’s social housing and the impact of budget cuts.

This year’s Question Time panel includes Jim Hayton, Policy Manager, Association of Local Authorities Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO); Alison Kerr, West Lothian Tenants Movement; Susan Aktemel, Homes for Life, Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency; Alistair Sharpe, Govan Law Centre; and Martin Pollhammer, Chief Executive of East Lothian Housing Association.

Tenant Scrutiny Workshop

Scrutiny of housing services by tenants and service users is an important part of performance management and is now a regulatory requirement. The Tenants Information Service (TIS) has produced a Tenant Scrutiny Framework to support tenants and landlords to develop their tenant scrutiny activities.

Tenant scrutiny is more than just another tenant participation activity. It is a way of giving tenants and their representatives’ greater influence and ability to hold their landlords to account.

Gala Dinner and Frances Nelson MBE Award Ceremony

We are delighted that Glasgow City Council will be hosting a Civic Reception for delegates on the Saturday evening. This will be followed by a Gala dinner where the Frances Nelson MBE Awards will be presented by Councillor John Alexander, from Dundee City Council. The evening will be rounded off with entertainment.

Sunday 2nd June

Sunday Workshop Programme and Study Visits

This year we have an excellent line-up of topical and skill based workshops, as well as two unique study visits. On the Saturday you can sign up to attend two of the following workshops or one study visit.

Workshop 1) Community Empowerment – Presented by Paul Laidlaw, Outreach Officer, TIS
Workshop 2) Hale & Hearty Communities…How Fit is Your Tenants Group? – Presented by Nancy Robertson, Development Officer, TIS
Workshop 3) Money, Money, Money-We Need It, We Want It, How Can We Get It? – Presented by Isobel Winning, Glasgow Council for Voluntary Organisations
Workshop 4)The Welfare State or the State of Welfare – The UK Government’s 21st Centuary Agenda – Presented by Graeme Russell, Dunedin Canmore Housing Association & Sharon Donohoe, TIS
Workshop 5) Future Housing Investment – The Scottish Housing Quality Standard and Beyond – Presented by Jim Rooney, Financial Edge, & Lynda Johnstone, TIS
Workshop 6) Renting a Home – The Housing Options Approach – Presented by Alistair Reid, Development Officer, TIS
Study Visit 1) Investing in Our Homes and Communities – The Queens Cross Hosuing Association Experience
Study Visit 2) Regenerating Our Communities – The New Gorbals Way

Show and Tell Innovation Showcase – Doing it for real!

In line with the conference theme of “Our House, Our Home, Our Community” we are delighted to present four showcases from the TIS Projects in East Lothian, North Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire and give delegates the opportunity to:
– Hear from tenants and staff about the innovative work they are doing to make a difference;
– Learn about the different initiatives to get more tenant involvement;
– Find out how tenants and landlords are planning for Tenant Scrutiny.

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