Virtual National Housing Conference 2021

 Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th October 2021 |  Timings differ each half-day | Virtual event via EventsAIR

2021 brings an exciting new chapter for the annual TIS gathering, which will transform the event experience for housing professionals; tenants; and communities alike as we host our first-ever virtual Conference.

The new and dynamic agenda spans 3 half-days and boasts an unrivalled lineup of speakers; an engaging panel discussion; meaningful workshops; and brings the sector together to drive forward as a collective to develop housing in Scotland for the better.

Hugely inspiring the conference offers more than 15 live broadcast sessions and will explore creative approaches to ensure that we continue to build a housing system that is resilient enough to respond to future changes, and tackles some of the most pertinent challenges. The core of the event will explore four key themes

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  • Reflecting
    What did we learn from the Covid-19 pandemic? What can we do better for the future? And, what areas of good practice will we continue to drive forward?

 

  • Adapting
    How will we continue to transform digitally and build on utilising new technologies to complement our traditional strengths, improve business performance, and support the delivery of housing services more efficiently and with more choice?

 

  • Sharing
    Delegates will explore vibrant communities as we shine a light on the cutting-edge work of housing and community organisations that strive to make our communities better places to live.

 

 

  • Looking to the future
    With the launch of the Scottish Government’s vision, Housing to 2040, delegates will discuss what we want our housing services and communities to look like over the next 20 years.

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome

Delegates have the opportunity to explore the virtual conference platform and familiarise themselves with the functionality.


10:30 – 10:45 Housing to 2040
Shona Robison MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government

Shona Robison MSP will deliver an overview of the Scottish Government’s Housing to 2040 vision and route map. An ambition for everyone to have a safe, good quality, and affordable home that meets their needs in the place they want to be.


 

10:45 – 11:30 Housing is a Human Right
Alan Miller – Professor of Practice in Human Rights Law at Strathclyde University

In 1991 the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights agreed the “right to housing should be seen as the right to live somewhere in security, peace, and dignity”.

Professor Alan Miller, Strathclyde University and Independent Co-Chair of the Scottish Government’s National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership will lead this topical session highlighting:

The principles of housing as a human right; the Taskforce recommendations and evidence base reported to the Scottish Government for establishing a statutory framework for human rights that will bring internationally recognised human rights treaties into domestic law to protect and advance the realisation of human rights of every member of Scottish society; and the challenges and opportunities for the housing sector.


 

11:30 – 12:15 Opportunities and Challenges of Housing to 2040
David Bookbinder – Director at Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations

David Bookbinder, will explore they key challenges and opportunities of Housing to 2040 (the Scottish Government’s ambition for everyone to have a safe, good quality, and affordable home that meets their needs in the place they want to be.) for tenants and housing organisations across the Scottish social housing sector.

Is there anything missing or needs further development? And, what needs to be in place to make this a reality and ensure we have affordable, sustainable, and warm homes for all?


12:15 – 12:30 Social Break

Delegates are free to use this time to connect with one another via the Meeting Hub, where you can engage in private chats and schedule video and audio calls for up to 6 people. Additionally, you can interact with the Social Wall and spark interesting discussions, share good practice, and let us know your thoughts on the latest live sessions.


12:30 – 13:30 Workshop Selection

Delegates have the opportunity to select one workshop of their choice to attend. The session format will be small breakout sessions where delegates can interact with one another. Workshops include:

 

 

Exploring Scotland’s 20-Minute Neighbourhoods
Jane Miller – Academy Programme Manager at Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
Emma Scott – Operations Manager at Disability Equality Scotland

The 20-minute neighbourhood concept has gained attention internationally – developed in cities such as Melbourne, Portland, and Paris. The concept looks at having all your basic needs (health and social care, shops, work hubs, places to socialise) met within a 20-minute walk, wheel, or cycle from where you live.

The Scottish Government’s 2020-21 Programme for Government announced the ambition of 20-minute neighbourhoods and the concept has gained significant traction since the Covid-19 pandemic, with people staying closer to home to access support and services.

This workshop will provide a space to reflect on the 20-Minute Neighbourhoods and consider how it can be truly inclusive, accessible, and transformational for everyone in the community.

 

Involving Young People in Housing: Creating a sustainable future
Stephen Connor – Development Officer at TIS

Encouraging younger tenants to “get involved” remains an ongoing challenge. However, when they are successfully engaged young people bring a unique viewpoint, in-depth local knowledge, plenty of fresh ideas, and creativity. Come and hear innovative ideas to get young people involved and how housing, education, and local communities can work in partnership to build a platform for meaningful youth engagement in housing.

Improving Digital Connectivity for the Gypsy/Traveller Community
Jonathan Read – Strategy Co-ordinator at South Lanarkshire Council

This session looks at the practicalities of supporting Gypsy/Traveller site residents to become more digitally engaged, tackling both digital exclusion and social isolation which has been exacerbated further by restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will cover how South Lanarkshire Council is working with residents to understand what would make a difference and highlight some of the projects currently taking place on the sites. These include the installation of free-to-access Wi-Fi and a new community building providing bespoke facilities for learning and engagement.


 

13:30 – 14:15 The Space: Improving lives through social transformation
Margo Uprichard – Chief Executive Officer at Louise Project/The Space

The Louise Project was established in 2017 and aims to enable families to live flourishing lives in thriving communities. They have one initiative, The Space, which is a place of welcome for everyone in Govanhill, Glasgow.

The mission of The Space is to work with the community of Govanhill to enable people to transform their own lives, access appropriate services and actively participate in the social transformation of their community.

The Space offers 4 streams of support: Community Drop-in; Community Integration; Building Better Futures; Building Community.


14:15 – 14:45 Connect

The platform will remain open for 30 minutes, where delegates are free to use this time to connect with one another via the Meeting Hub, where you can engage in private chats and schedule video and audio calls for up to 6 people.

12:00 – 12:30 Welcome

Delegates have the opportunity to explore the virtual conference platform and familiarise themselves with the functionality.


 

12:30 – 13:30 The Big Debate: Delivering Scotland’s Housing
Pennie Taylor – Journalist and Broadcaster

Chaired by journalist and presenter, Pennie Taylor, The Big Debate: Delivering Scotland’s Housing live panel discussion will invite leaders from across the sector to share facts, offer opinions, and discuss the key challenges and opportunities to deliver affordable, sustainable, and carbon-free homes. Panel members include:

Professor Ken Gibb – Director at UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
Shaheena Din – National Project Manager at Empty Homes Partnership
Janelle Couper – Tenant Service Improvement Group at Maryhill Housing Association
Aaron Hill – Director of Policy and Membership at SFHA
Wendy McGuire – Service Manager for Housing Strategy and Development at East Lothian Council


13:30 – 14:30 Workshop Selection

Delegates have the opportunity to select one workshop of their choice to attend. The session format will be small breakout sessions where delegates can interact with one another. Workshops include:

Our Blended Future: Evolving the way we work and learn
Ilene Campbell – Chief Executive at TIS

For many organisations Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ accelerated digital engagement and participation, and encouraged the development of exploring new ways to partnership work – with virtual communication tools becoming firmly integrated as a key method of keeping in touch and continuing business.

The Our Blended Future workshop will explore ways that housing organisations can continue to grow digital engagement and participation opportunities, alongside the return of in-person activities. Running simultaneously, these methods will allow your organisation to take strides towards a blended future as you overcome barriers, maximise reach, and provide the widest possible range of engagement and participation opportunities.

All About the Money: Ensuring Value for Money from Rents and Service Charges
Andrea Finkel-Gates – Chief Executive Officer at Scotland’s Housing Network
Trudi Tokarczyk – Service Improvement Manager at Scotland’s Housing Network

This informative and interactive session will explore the work of Scotland’s Housing Network and its landlord members on activities with tenants to increase awareness and seek views of how rent money is spent and value for money is ensured and communicated to and with tenants, landlord staff, Board and Elected Members.

Andrea Finkel-Gates will discuss the Network’s Toolkits that assist organisations to self-assess their work and service improvements.

Living Well with Dementia: The housing and dementia Framework
Ashley Campbell – Policy and Practice Manager at CIH Scotland
Esther Wilson – Director of People and Places at Viewpoint Housing Association

Ashley Campbell, Policy and Practice Manager at Chartered Institute of Housing will share details of Housing and dementia: a practice framework to support Scotland’s housing. Developed in partnership with CIH, Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s iHub and Alzheimer Scotland, the framework is supported by useful tools, information, and support to assist housing organisations to show their commitment to improving the lives of people living with dementia.

Delegates will explore the set of commitments landlords are invited to sign up to, as well as the five person-centred outcomes that people living with dementia have advised are important to them. Ashley will be joined Esther Wilson, Director of People and Places at Viewpoint Housing Association, who will share how their organisation is putting the framework into practice.


14:30 – 15:00 Social Break, Quiz and Afternoon Tea

Delegates will enjoy a letter box afternoon tea sent by post, from TIS to enjoy. Delegates are free to use this time to take part in an interactive quiz or connect with one another via the Meeting Hub where you can engage in private chats and schedule video and audio calls for up to 6 people. Additionally you can interact with the Social Wall and spark interesting discussions, share good practice, and let us know your thoughts on the latest live sessions.

(Please note: Afternoon tea will be sent to delegates attending the conference on Wednesday 6th October. New bookings and changes to existing bookings received after Tuesday 21st September will not be guaranteed an afternoon tea.)


15:00 – 15:45 Housing First Project
Douglas Gibson – Partnership Manager at Homeless Network

Housing First is considered one of the most important innovations in tackling homelessness in the last few decades – proving to end homelessness for around 80% of people with high support needs. Built upon the principle that housing is a human right, Housing First focusses on providing an individual with immediate access to a settled and secure home. This is placed above all goals, such as sobriety or abstinence.

The model is specifically tailored for homeless people with complex and multiple needs. It is designed to provide choice and control – giving rights and responsibilities back to people who may have been repeatedly excluded.


15:45 – 16:45 The Claypits: Glasgow’s only inner-city nature reserve
Robert Alston – Vice Chair at Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

The Claypits is a 6.7-hectare green space, home to an array of plants, trees and wildlife including roe deer, peregrine falcons, whitethroat warblers and a host of waterfowl.

Originally the home of a clay quarry used when the Forth and Clyde Canal was first built in the late 1700s, it was also the site of a foundry, glassworks and boat-building yard.

The Claypits now provide access to new pathways, boardwalks and a pedestrian bridge that connects the west and east sides of the canal north of Applecross Basin. As well as wildlife, the Claypits also offer spectacular views over the city.


16:45 – 17:15 Connect

The platform will remain open for 30 minutes, where delegates are free to use this time to connect with one another via the Meeting Hub, where you can engage in private chats and schedule video and audio calls for up to 6 people.

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome

Delegates have the opportunity to explore the virtual conference platform and familiarise themselves with the functionality.


 

10:00 – 10:45 How working in property can change peoples’ lives
Susan Aktemel – Executive Director at Homes for Good

Susan Aktemel combined her business acumen and commitment to social change to create Homes for Good a unique social business. This session will set out the trailblazing work Homes for Good is doing to provide quality homes for people looking for a new place to live.

It will also outline the latest ambitious venture, Homes for Good Investments, with a 500 home development programme – creating affordable rented housing supply across the West of Scotland.


10:45 – 11:30 The Wee House Company
Jennifer Higgins – Managing Director at the Wee House Company/Connect Modular

Based in Ayrshire, the Wee House Company, will share its innovative housing design and build techniques – demonstrating how the organisation is committed to creating quality homes and inclusive communities for all. This will include showcasing how, with input from councils and housing associations, they have developed a range of modular house types – from 1 bedroom flats to 4 bedrooms detached homes, which are highly energy-efficient and fully compliant with “Housing for Varying Needs”.

With all Wee House Company homes entirely constructed in Scotland, using materials from local suppliers where possible, homes are more than 90% complete before leaving their Ayrshire factory and are delivered to site ready-fitted with kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing and electrics. Craned into position, they can be completed and ready for occupancy in a matter of weeks.


11:30 – 11:45 Social Break

Delegates are free to use this time to connect with one another via the Meeting Hub, where you can engage in private chats and schedule video and audio calls for up to 6 people. Additionally you can interact with the Social Wall and spark interesting discussions, share good practice, and let us know your thoughts on the latest live sessions.


11:45 – 12:45 Workshop Selection

Delegates have the opportunity to select one workshop of their choice to attend. The session format will be small breakout sessions where delegates can interact with one another. Workshops include:

Ending Homelessness in Glasgow: A View from the Emmaus Project
Richard Allwood – Community Director at Emmaus Project

Opened in 2006, the Emmaus Community in Glasgow provides a home, a job and dignity for 27 former homeless men and women along with a recycling and reuse business and two charity shops.

Richard Allwood, will highlight how with a fundamental belief that people who are homeless and socially excluded have something to offer, and how through offering a home in a community, where people can live and work, sharing a life together, but retaining their own dignity and independence, Emmaus encourages people to use their skills to change themselves – and change the world!

Going Global: The Swedish experience
Marie Linder – President at Swedish Union of Tenants

President of the Swedish Union of Tenants since 2019, Marie Linder, will highlight and discuss with delegates how the Swedish Union of Tenants is working to its overall vision of ensuring “secure housing that promotes human and social development”.

Marie will demonstrate how as a membership organisation the SUT devotes itself to making sure everyone has the right to good housing at affordable cost, including negotiating with landlords concerning rents and terms and conditions of housing. The session tell the story about how tenants created a movement that ensured the proposal for market rents in newly built houses did not become a reality.

The impact of Covid–19 on the social housing sector in Scotland
Kirsty Wells – Head of HouseMark Scotland

Data was of paramount importance during the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw it being used in the daily briefings from governments in London and Edinburgh to inform us of the daily battle to control infection rates.

Housemark and the Scottish Housing Regulator both collected data on a monthly basis from April 2020 to March 2021 in order to track the impact of the national lockdowns on the activities of social landlords. Housemark collected data from its UK membership and SHR collected data from social landlords in Scotland.

This data, along with contextual analysis was included in a report issued to the Scottish housing sector in August 2021. The report was produced by Housemark Scotland and Scotland’s Housing Network on behalf of the Social Housing Resilience Group (SHRG) and enables people to see the effect on the Scottish housing sector, alongside the wider UK sector.

This workshop will provide delegates with an opportunity to reflect on how the sector responded during a unique year.


12:45 – 13:30 CentreStage: A community built on hope, inclusion and aspirations
Fiona McKenzie – Founder at CentreStage

CentreStage was founded in James Little Street Kilmarnock in 2006 by Fiona McKenzie and Paul Mathieson, operating with the ethos that anyone, regardless of age, background or experience, can gain life changing social benefits through active participation in the arts.

Their vision is for a society where everyone can realise their potential and achieve their hopes and aspirations, regardless of their circumstances and background and their values of hope, inclusion and aspiration, underpin all that they do.

CentreStage create places where everyone is welcome, where everyone has their own story, and where everyone has the potential to grow.

13:30 – 14:00 Connect

The platform will remain open for 30 minutes, where delegates are free to use this time to connect with one another via the Meeting Hub, where you can engage in private chats and schedule video and audio calls for up to 6 people.

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

Day Delegate
Day delegate packages include one half-day of conference sessions.

  • Tuesday 5th October
    10:15am – 2:15pm
    Member: £120 | Non-member: £150

 

  • Wednesday 6th October
    12:00pm – 4:30pm
    Member: £120 | Non-member: £150

 

  • Thursday 7th October
    09:30am – 1:30pm
    Member: £120 | Non-member: £150

 

Full Conference
Full conference packages include all three half-days of conference sessions.

 

  • Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th October
    Member: £245 | Non-member £275

 

TIS Members enjoy at least a 10% discount on all conference, event, training, and consultancy rates. Please note that TIS does not charge VAT. The rates above are costed per delegate.

To book your place at the TIS virtual National Housing Conference 2021 please click here, or alternatively visit: https://yve.eventsair.com/tis-national-housing-conference-2021/registration

The TIS National Housing Conference 2021 will take place from Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th October on innovative virtual engagement platform, EventsAIR.

TIS has carefully selected EventsAIR to host the event as it will allow us to reach more people than ever before. The software encourages delegates to connect with one another via the built-in Meeting Hub where participants can make the most of private chat sessions and schedule one-to-one video and audio calls. The platform’s social wall also allows you to keep up with all of the live-action; highlights; and opportunities to engage in real-time.

Delegates will receive the link to access EventsAIR around 48 hours before the conference is due. This will allow you to familiarise with the software, its features, and how to join live sessions. Throughout the duration of the conference dedicated technical support will be available should you have any issues.

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