Over 300 tenants and housing & participation professionals from across Scotland gathered from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th June to share good practice at this year’s TIS Annual Conference.
The Tenants Information Service (TIS) were thrilled to welcome more delegates than ever before at the Westerwood Hotel and Resort to take part in a full and varied programme that included an excellent line-up of speaker and sessions.
TIS Chief Executive Ilene Campbell commented:
“Never before has it been so crucial that tenants work together with their landlords to have their say and influence decisions about the housing services that they receive.
“This hugely inspiring 3 day event facilitated this process with an array of meaningful workshops, interesting study tours, and extensive networking opportunities.”
Practical workshops explored Perth & Kinross Council’s experience of rent setting discussions facilitated by Suzie Burt, the positive outcomes that can be achieved when supporting communities to learn digital skills delivered by, Shayron Anderson, from Thenue Housing Association, and the prospects of meeting the 50,000 new affordable homes target facilitated by, David Bookbinder, from West of Scotland Housing Forum.
Greatly anticipated highlights of the conference also included a topical panel session, chaired by health journalist and broadcaster, Pennie Taylor, which manifested the weekend’s theme of ‘Health, Wealth, and Housing’. Delegates learned and challenged panel member’s views on health and social care, housing policy context, and the initiatives that tenants and landlords are utilising to drive forward improvements within the sector.
TIS were equally successful in inviting delegates to participate in raising awareness for charity, Trussell Trust, asking that they help stop UK hunger and showcase their generosity by bringing a foodbank donation along with them to the event.
Lyndsay Cochrane from the Trussell Trust added:
“I would like to thank everyone at the TIS conference for your generous donations
“We were overwhelmed by the amount collected. It is only with the support of gifts such as these that the foodbank can continue to make a huge difference to the lives of the men, women and children experiencing crisis.”
Socialbite co-founder and one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs, Josh Littlejohn, closed the weekend on a high as he shared his inspirational journey, engaging with the hearts of the audience and motivating delegates to continue to lead the way and shape the future of Scottish housing.
Feedback from the weekend has been immensely positive and TIS has been overwhelmed by the feedback.