NHC upcoming events

September proves to be a busy month for the Northern Housing Consortium’s engagement activity, with a string of free webinars to support our members across a range of issues.

Gathered here in one place for you to look over, please do sign up or pass on to colleagues you think may be interested.

#OurNorth Net Zero

#OurNorth – Net Zero is the Northern Housing Consortium’s programme of webinars aiming to build the confidence and knowledge the social housing sector needs to lead on making decarbonisation a reality across northern England.

Come to hear from key speakers, good practice from across the NHC membership, and discuss with colleagues in a safe setting the various aspect of the Net Zero challenge.

Climate Emergencies – Ambition, Policy, Action

Wednesday 9th September 2020 – 13.00 – 14.30

Over 60 of the North’s Local Authorities have declared climate emergencies. At the same time, the region’s Housing Associations are also beginning to develop their own bold climate plans. As we all know, the challenge now is to turn this vital wave of ambition into clear local strategies.

At our inaugural session of the #OurNorth – Net Zero webinar series we’ll be joined by key speakers from inside and outside the social housing sector to discuss the practical ways Local Authorities and Housing Associations are transitioning from ambition to action – building on the strengths of local assets and centring communities to ensure climate resilience.

Organisations involved: UK100, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Scottish Government Social Research Team, Lancaster City Council, Thirteen Group

Understanding Your Stock – Asset Management & Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 16th September 2020, 10.00 – 11.30

Achieving Net Zero has made housing organisations think about their homes, and their Asset Management Strategies, in new ways. We all understand the implications of doing nothing, but the desire to ‘get it right first time’ weighs heavily on our minds.

This session will hear from those working directly with the asset management implications of energy efficiency. Attendees will hear about how to develop and implement a net-zero orientated strategy, to the technical considerations of refurbishment.

Organisations involved: Campbell Tickell, URBED (Urbanism Environment and Design), Halton Housing Group, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy

Financing Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 13.00 – 14.30

Developing new net-zero housing as well as making the investments required to deliver decarbonisation in existing homes will require a mixture of public and private finance.

To do so, the social housing sector is beginning to look more closely at demonstrating their environmental credentials to growing investor interest.

Financing Energy Efficiency will look closely at the sector’s increasing interest in ESG Reporting – effectively highlighting and reporting strong performance around Environmental, Social and Governance measures that aligns with, and attracts, private finance increasingly looking to support ‘positive impact’ investments.

Organisations involved: The Good Economy – representing the Social Housing ESG Reporting Working Group, Natwest, Housing Association colleagues involved in the project (TBC)

Retrofit Part One – Scaling Up Supply and Demand, and Fabric First

29th September 2020, 10:00 – 11:30

In this first session we will be discussing the national, sectoral challenges of scaling up retrofit projects before looking at some good practice case studies from across the NHC membership, particularly around fabric first techniques.

Retrofit Part Two will be held the following week, 7th October 2020, 10.00 – 11.30, and will focus on Home Energy Systems.

Full Agenda TBC.

Our Other Events

How Will The Future of Social Housing Outpace the Digital Revolution?

Thursday 3rd September 2020, 11.00

The effects of the coronavirus will be felt for many years to come. The world is changing, and the way in which we work and organisations deliver services to customers has changed, and will continue to change at a dramatic pace. What seemed new and different six months ago has quickly become the norm – rapid changes to customer and staff expectations are ahead as technology and life moves on.

NHC is delighted to announce that Steven Van Belleghem, an internationally renowned futurologist and keynote speaker, will present an interactive webinar with members

Health & Building Safety in Housing Conference

Thursday 17th September 2020, 10.30

Following the success of previous years and excellent feedback, the NHC’s fifth annual Health and Building Safety in Housing Conference will run on 17th September 2020

This must attend Webinar for Health and Building Safety professionals will focus on managing risk, bringing about culture change to put Health and Safety at the heart of the business and provide updates from the Health & Safety Executive and other sector experts.

Northern Youth Summit 2020 – A festival of ideas

Thursday 24th September 2020, 10.00

As we emerge from lockdown, how can the Housing sector ensure young people’s voices and heard as we shape a new norm? Join NHC and Clarion Futures as we welcome Beatfreeks in sharing the results of their Take the Temperature national youth survey and share ideas on how we take young people’s ideas forward.

The day will be split into five 30 minute sessions as we discuss the five ‘trends’ that were uncovered in the research and begin a discussion on the ways we can action the challenges uncovered by young people.

Decent Homes for Ageing Well

Tuesday 29th September 2020, 10.30

The evidence is unequivocal – warm, safe and accessible homes are critical to health and wellbeing. One of the major causes of death and injury amongst older people are falls in the home, whilst cold homes exacerbate a range of health problems including respiratory illnesses and increase the risk of  a stroke or heart attack.

This webinar will bring together those with specialist knowledge in the fields of housing, population ageing, health and regeneration to forge new connections and link practice, evidence and policy.

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Response for Supporting Staff and Customers

Wednesday 30th September 2020, 10.00

Each of us will experience the pandemic differently. The challenge for senior leaders in housing is to have now a clear plan of how best to address the mental and wellbeing impact both in a strategic and operational way.

No doubt each of us will directly hear and see of the effects of the pandemic on staff both at the front line or because of family stories.  Across communities there may already be visible signs in food bank queues or hearing of tenants having to choose between income protection and tenancy obligations.

This interactive webinar will focus on the key strategic actions for senior leaders at this time and what this may mean in operational implementation terms