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#HousingDay18 – use your voice and tell us your story

Housing Day takes place on 10 October. Organiser Leslie Channon explains more about how you can get involved with the annual social media marathon


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Ready for #HousingDay18? This year’s organiser @LeslieChannon explains how you can get involved #ukhousing #ihchat

#HousingDay has become a staple of the social housing calendar but it needs everyone to get on board to make it a success, writes @LeslieChannon #ukhousing #ihchat

"We particularly want to hear from tenants more than ever this year" writes @LeslieChannon about #HousingDay18 #IHchat

For me, Housing Day has always been about sharing real-life experiences. From the outset, founder Adrian Capon wanted to capture tenant voices and tackle the stigma surrounding social housing. In that respect, he was years ahead of the government.

But what the Social Housing Green Paper does provide is an opportunity for the collective tenant voice to mean something and bring about positive change.

This year’s Housing Day is a great platform to make those voices heard, from all over the country.

“Housing Day has become a staple of the social housing calendar but it needs everyone to get on board.”

So when I was first approached by Adrian Capon to take over the #HousingDay reins this year, I was quite daunted at the prospect of leading on such a high-profile campaign, but also excited at the potential results it could deliver.

Now in its sixth year, Housing Day has become a staple of the social housing calendar but it needs everyone to get on board to make it a success.

And we particularly want to hear from tenants more than ever this year. From personal experience, it can be quite a rewarding thing to get involved.

My own journey with Housing Day has been an interesting and profound one. In 2014, I was approached by my housing association to write about my life experience.


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At that time, it was an incredibly scary thing for me to do – as through the process of writing my story I realised I carried a lot of shame about being a social housing tenant.

I felt like a walking cliché – a single mother with two small children dependent on benefits. However, the decision to share my story has taken me on an unimaginable journey.

And who would have imagined that in four short years I would be given the task to try and encourage other tenants to get involved with #HousingDay18 and do the same.

How you can get involved

In keeping with this year’s theme, we want as many tenants as possible to get involved with #HousingDay18 on Wednesday 10 October and make their voices heard.

You can do this in many different ways:

  1. If you’re a tenant, write a blog telling us your housing story. We will do our best to publish everything we receive on our #HousingDay18 blog. We’ll also share them with the housing press.
  2. If you work for a social landlord, please spread the word on social media channels and encourage your tenants to get involved. Organise an event on #HousingDay18 itself and get everyone together in a room. This could also be a great day to bring tenants together to discuss the green paper. Remember, it’s their voices that count.
  3. Involve your tenants and create a #HousingDay18 video – share it with the world.
  4. If you’re in London on #HousingDay18 join us at the HACT offices where we’ll be setting up a pop-up media lounger where loads of housing people will be gathering to celebrate the big day and talk about how we can tackle stigma and raise the profile of tenants.

However you wish to engage, the important thing to underline is that we would love to hear from as many tenants as possible and have them take the lead on #HousingDay.

We look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you get up to this year. And remember to use the #HousingDay18.

Leslie Channon, organiser, #HousingDay18

 

Inside Housing will be hosting Twitter Q&As with senior sector figures, tenants and staff throughout the day, scroll down to see our full programme

#IHchat programme on #HousingDay18

#IHchat programme on #HousingDay18

Inside Housing's #IHchat programme of Twitter Q&As for Housing Day on Wednesday, 10 October:

8am – 8.45 Introduction to #HousingDay18

  • Leslie Channon, #HousingDay18 organiser and tenant of Cottsway Housing Association @LeslieChannon

Chair: Carl Brown, Inside Housing

 

9am - 9.45am How do we strengthen the tenant voice?

  • Terrie Alafat , chief executive, Chartered Institute of Housing @TerrieAlafatCIH
  • Nic Bliss, head of policy, Confederation of Co-operative Housing @nicblisscch
  • Sharon Hayward, co-ordinator, London Tenants Federation @Londontenants
  • Catherine Little, executive housing director, Broadland Housing Group @Catherine_BHG
  • Louise Thompson, head of business services, Tpas @tpasLouise

Chair: Martin Hilditch, Inside Housing

 

10am - 10.45am The challenge for councils

  • Lord Porter, chair of the Local Government Association @garyporterlga
  • Joanne Roney, chief executive, Manchester City Council @joanneroney

Chair: Nathaniel Barker, Inside Housing

 

11am - 11.45am Improving services for residents

  • Nick Atkin, chief executive, Halton Housing Trust @nickatkin_hh
  • Oliver Harling, voids supervisor, ForWorks, tenant and winner of Rising Stars 2018 @oliverharling_h
  • Amy Nettleton, assistant development director sales and marketing, Aster Group @amynettleton1
  • Boris Worrall, chief executive, Rooftop Housing Group @BorisJWorrall

Chair: Luke Barratt, Inside Housing

 

12am - 12.45am Inclusive Futures

  • Steve Douglas, co-chief executive, Altair @Steve_Altair
  • Elly Hoult, programme director, Notting Hill Genesis @HoultElly
  • Tom Murtha, former housing association chief executive and campaigner @tomemurtha

Chair: Emma Maier, Inside Housing

 

1pm – 1.45am How do we combat stigma?

Chair: Carl Brown, Inside Housing

 

2pm - 3pm Creating social value through job creation (sponsored by LHC)

  • Mark Henderson , chief executive, Home Group @MarkGHenderson
  • Geraldine Howley, chief executive, Incommunities
  • Nigel Williams, chief commerical officer, LHC @LHCprocurement

Chair: Maria Shahid, Inside Housing

 

3.30pm - 4.15pm Housing and Labour

Chair: Pete Apps, Inside Housing

 

4.30pm - 5.15pm Combatting homelessness, hunger and poverty

  • Beatrice Orchard, head of policy, campaigns and research, St Mungo’s @BeaOrchard
  • Mike Owen, chief executive, Merthyr Valleys Homes @MikeOwen2390
  • Brian Robson, acting head of policy and research, Joseph Rowntree Foundation @jrfbrian

Chair: Nathaniel Barker, Inside Housing

 

5.30pm - 6.15pm How do we build the right homes in the right places?

Chair: Luke Barratt, Inside Housing

 

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