Future of community investment in the south west

18 July 2017

By: Pete Davies, Community Empowerment Manager

Our sector’s response to the rent reduction policy of 2015 has dramatically reframed community investment offers across the country. Some have vanished all together, and some are being remodelled away from community-wide work to individualisation, with a focus on support for people to access training and employment, and others are being reviewed to build on social outcomes to ensure business impact.

With support from the National Housing Federation (NHF), housing associations in the south west are continuing to fly the flag for investing in our communities, in all shapes and sizes. We’re looking forward to hosting a NHF event at our Weston-super-Mare base tomorrow (19 July) all about the future of community investment in the region. We’ll be considering potential opportunities as part of emerging sustainability transformation plans and partnerships, and looking at the Give Us A Chance (GUAC) framework for realising the business value of employment support.

The event will see Angela Gasgoine, Chief Executive at SHAL, discuss how community investment should be part of our DNA as a social landlord, and Selina White, our very own Director of Planning and Resources giving us an insight into the world of sector scorecards and the importance of demonstrating value for money. Tomorrow will also showcase Building Better Opportunities (BBO) and Inspire to Achieve, as well as the Credit Union Sustainability Project.

We’re excited to get together with other local teams at tomorrow’s event to network, celebrate achievement, and share ideas to raise the profile of community empowerment and investment within our sector. All the seats are booked out this time, but make sure you’re following us on Twitter @KnightstoneHA for all of the latest from the event. For those coming along, see you there!