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HACT newsletter August 2012
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The Localism Act 2011 introduced a range of new rights for local people to help them shape the development of the areas in which they live. These include neighbourhood planning and the community right to build (CRTB).  These new approaches to empowering communities are an opportunity for housing providers to engage local people and put them in the driving seat of planning and development. 

The HACT - TSRC joint seminar on 6 September 2012 will explore how these changes will challenge and shape housing providers’ approaches to:  planning, asset transfer, partnership working, community engagement and leadership. You will get an insight into the policy context and early learning from neighbourhood planning frontrunners. Book online now.

Following the seminar, HACT and TSRC will be launching a one-year action-learning programme, looking at how housing providers can engage with, respond to and support the development of neighbourhood and community-led
planning initiatives; and the project will enable participants to apply new approaches to their development and community involvement strategies.  

Tell us what you want!

In designing this programme - we want to make sure that it meets the current needs of the sector. Even if you are unsure about your role and future work in this area, please complete our very short survey and tell us what would assist you most if you were to take part in a 'neighbourhood planning' action-learning programme with HACT.  Click here to go through to the survey now

Housing providers interested in finding out more about getting involved in this phase of the project should contact

Neighbourhood planning  6 September 2012
This seminar (as highlighted above) will look at how housing providers and tenants and residents groups can use the new community focused planning powers. We will explore the opportunities and risks for housing providers and give practical examples of early adopters. The event marks the launch of our new project in partnership with Locality and Urban Forum. Book online now.

NHF annual conference and social housing exhibition
17-19 September 2012
HACT will be at stand number C1 near the entrance to the conference - come and see us! We will be launching a new community mapping tool with OCSI (Oxford Consultants for Social inclusion) - come and see us and find out how we can help you better understand the neighbourhoods you work in!

Social value, social entreprise and social finance
11 October, 21 November, 12 December 2012 (TBC)
Following the success of our recent social impact roundtable, we are co-convening a number of other discussions on the topic in the autumn, exploring social value, social entreprise and social finance. Details will be finalised soon, but if you would like to register your interest, please contact

“Benchmarking approaches to worklessness” is a partnership-based project marks the start of a collaboration between HACT and Inclusion. We have developed a year-long action learning programme to help maximise the impact that housing providers have on the employment chances of their residents (please see report).  The programme will help you improve your understanding of different approaches to tackling worklessness, better target your resources, and link successfully with the Work Programme.  We are recruiting participants and if you would like to discuss this further, please contact

Housing, hyperlocalism and social media
This seminar examined and discussed the potential role for housing providers to develop a neighbourhood media programme. Supporting digital inclusion is a way of offering residents new ways to influence services and participate and engage in their community. View the presentations here.

SROI masterclass 10 September 2012
HACT and SIAA are working with Daniel Fujiwara, researcher at the London School of Economics, on our current work on social impact. If you would like a taster of his work, why not join his "Valuing Outcomes Masterclass"? This course will be vital for anyone involved in SROI and other value for money techniques. For more information contact

Social housing - more than just a roof 27 September 2012
How can housing providers help to transform local communities? Matt Leach, HACT's CEO is holding a session on 'Measuring the Social Impact of Community Investment' at this CIH event.

Community led planning: what can CRTB offer us?

HACT's Deputy CEO Andrew van Doorn discusses the opportunities that Community Right to Build can bring, and reflects on how housing providers can support their communities to really make a success of it.

Read Andrew Van Doorn's full blog here
Calling all London Marathon runners!

Last year the HACT Marathon team raised over £23,000 for Self Help Housing and Reach In, two great projects delivering lasting social change to our communities. If you would like to join this year’s team please contact Jeni

Sisters to the summit

Ladies! Prefer a bigger challenge? Join HACT on their Mount Kilimanjaro climb next March! Contact Jeni
HACT event survey - ensuring we put on the right events for you

We’re developing the HACT events calendar for 2013 and we want to make sure it reflects and addresses the key challenges facing housing professionals in the sector.

Please complete this short survey to help us develop a programme that addresses your priority areas, objectives and favourite formats.
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