Due to the Coronavirus outbreak our planned programme for Housing Futures and Business Transformation will be postponed. However, if you are interested in helping create a better future for Wales post-Covid through collaboration and creative solutions, join in our Influencing to build a better future strand of Alcemi. Read more here.

Influencing to build a better future

Do you want an opportunity to challenge the status quo and work with housing colleagues and experts to come up with solutions to build a better Wales?

 

Through the Summer of 2020 we will be embarking on an exciting piece of work to show how the social housing sector can play a major role in rebuilding and creating a better Wales.

We will be inviting housing staff, tenants and experts from different fields across Wales to look at the biggest challenges our sector, and country, is facing right now and co-develop solutions for change.

 

Why?

 

Within just a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a fundamental shift in the way that 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.

As we move through this period of social and economic upheaval, we need to work in a different way. We need a shared sector understanding of our ambition, values and problems we are trying to solve. This is our opportunity to challenge the status quo and show our sector value ahead of the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections.

 

The journey so far…

 

We have our vision for a Wales where good housing is a basic right for all.

As part of this programme, we’re revisiting the ambitions which sit under this vision to understand in a post-Covid world, why good housing as a basic right for all, is more important than ever.

We also revisited the challenges identified earlier this year as part of the Housing Futures programme and looked at these through the lens of COVID-19.

All of this was done in partnership with the sector during 6 workshops which took place in July.

Almost 100 people, representing 33 housing associations got involved in phase one. Lots of challenges were discussed and debated and following a process of refinement and two workshops with CEOs and Board members, the following five challenge ideas have been prioritised: 

1. Economically vibrant places

2. Connected & financially resilient communities

3. Ending homelessness in Wales

4. Joining the dots between health, care, and housing

5. Making homes more energy efficient

 

What's next?

 

Challenge Hacks

In August,we are also running 5 Challenge Hacks (one per theme), to drill down further into these challenges and to work with the sector and partners to start co-developing ideas on how to solve them. The Hack will last for 90 minutes. Whether you’re a housing association member of staff, a tenant, an expert in the field or you just have an interest in the theme, your knowledge, experience and insight is vital to help us fully understand the challenge and come up with solutions. Book your place here:

Economically vibrant places
Monday August 3, 11:30am-1pm – Book now for free

Connected and financially resilient communities
Tuesday August 4, 2pm-3:30pmBook now for free

Ending homelessness in Wales
Wednesday August 5, 2pm-3:30pmBook now for free

Joining the dots between health, care, and housing
Thursday August 6, 10am-11:30amBook now for free

Making homes more energy efficient
Friday August 7, 2pm-3:30pmBook now for free

What’s the solution?

We’ve partnered with Simply Do to provide a platform to start to co-develop ideas around these 5 challenges.

Pop over to our portal, view the challenges in full and tell us what you think!

 

The stories behind Influencing for a Better Future

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. 

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July
2020

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.

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July
2020

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.

July

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August
2020

Have your say online

We’ve partnered with Simply Do to co-develop ideas around our 5 challenges.

Pop over to our portal, view the challenges and give your views on potential solutions.

3–7
August
2020

Book your free place on the Challenge Hacks:

Economically vibrant places
Monday August 3, 11:30am-1pm – Book now for free

Connected and financially resilient communities
Tuesday August 4, 2pm-3:30pmBook now for free

Ending homelessness in Wales
Wednesday August 5, 2pm-3:30pmBook now for free

Joining the dots between health, care, and housing
Thursday August 6, 10am-11:30amBook now for free

Making homes more energy efficient
Friday August 7, 2pm-3:30pmBook now for free

Challenge Hacks

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.