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SFHA Live! virtual training and webinars

Achieving net zero through procurement, climate emergency training, domestic abuse in a social housing context, meet the regulator, introduction to development - community trusts, effective controls in a remote environment, an introduction to the development process and social insight impact project.

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Achieving net zero through procurement

28 October, 14:00 – 15:00

As the COP26 conference fast approaches, Scottish Procurement Alliance are encouraging housing associations to look at their energy strategies and consider how your organisation is going to meet the Scottish Government’s net zero and decarbonisation targets.

The sector are now in the period of working towards the new EESSH2 standard, which requires all properties to meet the EPC rating ‘C’ or better by 2035.

As an intelligent procurement solutions provider, SPA, are hosting a webinar to provide an insight into what these targets will look like for housing associations and how they can help you procure consultancy, works and services projects.

Book your place via this link

Climate emergency training for social housing

Session one: 4 November, 10:00–11:00
Session two: 11 November, 10:00–11:00
Session three: 18 November, 10:00–11:00
Session four: 25 November, 10:00–11:00

This virtual training has been specifically designed to help delegates learn more about the causes, impacts, opportunities and risks posed by climate change. It will explore the key role of the housing sector in achieving Scotland’s emissions reduction aims and the low-carbon behaviours and actions required to achieve these aims.

Book your place via this link. 

Leading others: domestic abuse in a social housing context


9 November, 13:00–15:30 

This training will cover barriers to effective responses to domestic abuse; changing the discourse: how, as decision makers, we can encourage, act as a role model and motivate culture shift; and a guide to developing internal and external policy.

Book your place via this link. 

Meet the regulator - OSCR

10 November, 10:30–11:30

Our ‘Meet the regulator’ session is an opportunity to hear from and pose questions to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).   

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is a non-ministerial office and part of the Scottish Administration following the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. 

This series of events has been designed to offer staff and governing body members the chance to hear from different regulatory bodies about their roles and ask questions directly.  

Book your place via this link. 

Introduction to development - Community Trusts

22 November, 10:30–15:00

Many remote communities in Argyll are currently experiencing declining populations due to the significant challenges in providing affordable housing, particularly for young families. These challenges stem from the geographical remoteness of the communities involved, many of which are located on islands in the Inner Hebrides. However, the Rural and Islands Housing Funds present opportunities for Community Trusts in these locations to take on the responsibility of delivering appropriate housing solutions.

This virtual training session will outline what is involved in the development process so that Community Trusts can be equipped to deliver affordable housing in their own communities.

The training will be delivered by Graham Harper in conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Book your place via this link. 

Effective controls in a remote environment

23 Novemember, 10:30–12:30 

Boards can often face changes which affect the operational resilience of their organisation. This session will explore the compliance regime necessary for a board to be assured that sector risks have been captured and are being managed effectively. It will also consider how the sector's risks have changed, given today's remote working environment and the increased reliance on technology to perform our day to day operations. 

Book your place via this link. 

An introduction to the development process

25 November, 10:30–15:00

An introduction to development will address the challenges faced by developing RSL’s. These challenges include the risks involved such as the current climate, funding, decision making, logistics involved and the laws and legislations.

This training aims to provide a clearer understanding as to what is involved in the development process to allow RSL’s to be equipped to deliver affordable housing in their own communities. 

Delegates will leave with an outline understanding of the legal, technical and processes, the roles of the principal actors, the Scottish Government grant system, achieving good governance and how to get what you need from the construction industry.

The training will be delivered by Graham Harper.

Book your place via this link. 

Social Insight Impact Project

3 December, 10:00–11:00

As our two-year social insight project with HACT is completed, we review the key outputs and resources we have provided to SFHA members.

We will give an overview of the newly updated Social Value Toolkit, and using case studies of housing associations who have used the existing iteration to measure and demonstrate their impact – we will be discussing the drivers behind this and how your organisation can use this moving forward.

We will also look at the link between the HACT social value model and ESG reporting and set some next steps for the sector in order to better use and understand the social purpose of housing associations.

Book your place via this link


​Our virtual events programme is updated regularly. Visit the SFHA Live! section for further deatils. You can also follow the SFHA Events Team on Twitter @SFHAEvents for updates. 

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