Influencing to build a better future
Can you make a difference and build a better Wales?
Housing associations in Wales have a vision that good housing is a basic right for all. But we know that there are some major roadblocks in the way of achieving that vision. Housing has an important part to play but we can’t do it alone.
Through the Summer of 2020, we will be talking to everyone and anyone who has a stake in solving the biggest barriers to achieving this vision. We want to learn, share and, together, develop the solutions that are going to make a difference.
We know that these challenges we face together aren’t new and that the pandemic and economic crisis has exacerbated these issues, as well as creating new issues. There is however an opportunity to work together to develop solutions, influence and innovate together to make the changes we need to see.
Within just a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and play. The importance of a good home has been exposed on a grand and very public scale during the lockdown period.
There is a risk that the combined impact of a public health and economic crisis sets us back rather than forward - compounding inequality and poverty. Now is the time to harness the wisdom of the crowd, the collaborative spirit we saw during the pandemic and the opportunity of a Welsh Parliament election to make the changes we need to see.
The journey so far…
We aren't starting from a blank sheet of paper. The biggest challenges facing us collectively are well known to us.
As housing associations, we have explored and debated our vision of a Wales where good housing is a basic right for all, made progress and debated remaining challenges through our Housing Futures programme earlier this year.
In June, we worked with 100 housing association colleagues and tenants to identify the biggest barriers that still stand in our way. The five challenges that stood out above all else were:
1. Economic recovery – building vibrant places
2. Connected & financially resilient communities
3. Ending homelessness in Wales
4. Joining the dots – health, care, and housing
5. Climate Change – Making homes more energy efficient
In July and August, over 200 colleagues from across housing associations, the public, private and third sectors joined together to share insight and knowledge about these challenges. We asked ourselves what power do we have to tackle this problem and what will help and hinder us?
You can see the final summaries of all the Challenge Hack discussions here. You will need to log into the SimplyDo platform (or register, if you haven't done it already) to view all the content. You will then be able to use the theme tags on the left to filter the ideas associated with each of the hacks.
It is now time to work together to identify solutions to these challenges and make them happen. We know that these problems aren’t new but the current public health and economic crisis threaten to compound these issues, setting us back rather than forward. Now is the time to harness the wisdom of the crowd, the collaboration we saw across sectors during the pandemic and the opportunity of a Welsh Parliament election to make the change we need to see.
We would love it if you would continue to work together with us and other partners to identify the changes we need to see to tackle these issues. We will be running five Making The Change workshops in September. Sign up below!
• Making the Change: Connected and financially resilient communities - Monday 7th September, 14:30-16:00 – Sign up for free
• Making the Change: Joining the dots between health, housing & social care - Tuesday 8th September, 15:00-16:30 – Sign up for free
• Making the Change: Decarbonisation - Thursday 10th September, 15:30-17:00 – Sign up for free
• Making the Change: Economic Recovery - Friday 11th September, 14:00-15:30 – Sign up for free
• Making the Change: Ending Homelessness - Wednesday 16th September, 14:30-16:00 – Sign up for free
The stories behind Influencing for a Better Future
The importance of a good home has been exposed on a grand and very public scale during the lockdown period. Clairssa Corbisiero looks at how the sector vision of a Wales where good housing is a basic right for all has driven our new programme of work, placing housing at the centre of post Covid recovery in Wales.
Broad Challenge Identification
We ran 6 interactive workshops with Housing Association staff, tenants and board members to look at our sector values, review our ambitions to achieve our vision of ‘A Wales where good housing is a basic right for all’ and to update the challenges facing the sector in a post-Covid world.
Challenges communicated to the sector
We communicated the big challenges to the sector and to wider partners and asked them to sign up to themed Challenge Hacks, based on their interest or area of expertise.
Book your free place on the Challenge Hacks:
Economically vibrant places
Monday August 3, 11:30am-1pm
Connected and financially resilient communities
Tuesday August 4, 2pm-3:30pm
Ending homelessness in Wales
Wednesday August 5, 2pm-3:30pm
Joining the dots between health, care, and housing
Thursday August 6, 10am-11:30am
Making homes more energy efficient
Friday August 7, 2pm-3:30pm
Join us for a 90-minute Hack on the theme which interests you the most to drill down further into the challenge with the sector and external partners. Whether you’re a housing association member of staff, a tenant, an expert in this field or you just have an idea about how we can overcome these challenge - your knowledge, experience and insight is vital to help us fully understand the challenge and come up with solutions.