Housing Plus Academy

Housing Plus Academy

The Housing Plus Academy is a partnership between the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall, the London School of Economics, 18 leading social housing providers, the National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, and the University of Manchester.

Since November 2015 we have been bringing people together from across the housing world to take part in knowledge exchange and participative learning. The Academy tackles pressing issues affecting both housing associations and local authority landlords today, particularly welfare reform, financial pressure, energy saving, work and skills, community enterprise, and resilience.

The Housing Plus Academy aims to reflect the diversity of social housing, its staff, tenants and customers. We particularly welcome representatives from ethnic minority backgrounds, those with disabilities, all ages and particularly younger working age tenants. We encourage Tenant Management Organisations, Community-Based Housing Associations, Community Land Trusts, tenant co- operatives and smaller housing associations to join.


Forthcoming courses

October - March 2019

Universal Credit Think Tank for the Community

15-16 October 2018

Supported by Penny Smart

The Housing Plus Academy is holding a Think Tank on 15th-16th October for residents in social housing and support staff to help make Universal Credit more transparent and also help people cope with its consequences. There will be expert advisors on hand to help advise and answer questions. Penny Smart, a charity that helps low income households with financial problems, will support the event.


Universal Credit Think Tank for Policy Makers

6-7 November 2018

Speakers will include Professor John Hills, from the London School of Economics and representatives from Curo Housing Association and the government.

The Think Tank for policy makers and practitioners, including councils and housing associations, senior and frontline staff, will debate how to stay viable; how to ensure full rent payments; how to live up to commitments to help tenants who struggle on low incomes; how to develop tenants’ financial resilience; and how to help shape government policy in relation to Universal Credit.


CPD: “Housing quality, the existing stock and tenant services- how to rescue the image and value of social housing”

3-4 December 2018

Course led by Professor Anne Power

This residential Continuing Professional Development course for frontline staff, practitioners at all levels and policy makers responsible for making social housing work will include the most up-to-date information, research and ideas from government, The National Housing Federation, The Chartered Institute of Housing and The London School of Economics.


Community Led Housing Think Tank

29-30 January 2019

More details to follow. Please get in touch if you would like to attend.


For more information on any of these events, please contact Philippa Allard on p.allard@traffordhall.com or 01244 300246


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