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Why is social impact so important to the housing sector? Why we are measuring it? Should we use a common language and approach? Those are some of the issues we discussed with 20 organisations, including housing providers, leading social impact practitioners and academics at our recent roundtable which we hosted with Social Impact Analyst Association (SIAA). The write up of the event is packed with information and provides you with valuable insights. You can also review all the presentations of the day.

Following the success of this roundtable, we will co-convene a number of other discussions on the topic in the autumn. More details will follow in next month's newsletter!

Housing, hyperlocalism and social media - 18 July 2012, London
This seminar will examine and discuss 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. The seminar will also explore the challenge of open data, what this means for the landlord/tenant relationship and how technology can maximise its potential impact on your business.  Book online here (last few places remaining!).

Neighbourhood planning - 6 September 2012
This event 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. To register your interest, email

“Benchmarking approaches to worklessness” is a partnership-based project marks the start of a collaboration between HACT and Inclusion, aimed at helping maximise the impact of housing providers on the employment chances of their residents (please see report).  If you would have any further questions, or like to discuss your participation, please contact

Neighbourhood planning and Community Right to Build
Over 40 housing providers have expressed an interest to our initial announcement of our Neighbourhood planning project which we are launching 6 September. We are working with Locality and Urban Forum to support housing providers and tenants and residents groups in the delivery of the Community Right to Build - one of the new powers created by the Localism Act. We encourage you to look at the Community Right to Build website, offering expert advice and information to help people get the most from the new Community Right to Build (CRTB). If you want to be an early adopter, developing a local partnership between housing providers and tenants and resident groups, with assistance from HACT to access government funding to support the CRTB process, get in touch

Nomination for a UK Honour – Big Society in practice
DCLG is currently seeking nominations for the Birthday Honours 2013 for people whose work demonstrates Big Society in action. We encourage everyone to put forward any worthy candidate by using the official nominations form. Please email Rachel Evans your completed form by Friday 27 July 2012.

The challenges ahead: housing and worklessness
John Coburn, HACT's network officer, looks at the challenges housing providers face in tackling worklessness. He also highlights some great sector initiatives.

Read John Coburn's full blog here

Social Enterprise, Social Impact, Social value?
HACT's CEO Matt Leach highlights the important role of housing associations as community-focused social enterprises and what that might mean for the changing ways in which they do business.

Read Matt Leach's full blog here.

HACT event survey

As we are further developing our events calendar, we would really like to hear what you expect from an event and what topics you are most interested in.

Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey.
Sisters to the summit

Ladies! Take on Kilimanjaro in support of HACT. This women-only challenge seeks climbers to take on the highest mountain in Africa. Read more.

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