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Housing Innovation Community Update

To mark the end of the first year of the SFHA Innovation and Future Thinking Programme, supported by Wheatley Group, SFHA’s Innovation and Future Thinking Lead Lorna Wilson provides an update on progress and looks to the future. 

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I continue to be inspired by you, who have created Scotland’s first Housing Innovation Community. I am delighted to have the opportunity to keep working with you, as my secondment from Wheatley Group to SFHA has been extended until April 2020.

Here’s a rundown of all your great work:

Our Impact and Engagement teams have surveyed and spoken to SFHA members, tested different tools to measure social and economic impact, and collected great practice from across the sector in engaging and working the customers and communities. The team are arranging a Hackathon event in June when you can come along to help design a toolkit and guidance to help all of our members measure their impact. 

SFHA is commissioning research into the social and economic impact of housing providers to provide a baseline and develop indicators for our toolkit. If you have work you’d like to share in this area, e-mail chill@sfha.co.uk and look out for more detail on our Hackathon event in June.

The Service Design team tested and experimented with different approaches to designing services with and for tenants and is now refining a toolkit to help associations really understand and work with your customers in the design of services.

The Future of Housing Team designed a workshop pack and survey for you to use with your staff, tenants and other stakeholders to explore the future. Your feedback from these conversations is informing a vision of housing associations in 2040 – you can access the pack HERE. You should also come along to SFHA’s Annual Conference to explore the future much more – you can book your place HERE.

Some of you explored options for providing affordable reliable Internet for Tenants and created a great film to share the learning.  Watch the film HERE!

Our Technology Enabled Care in Housing Charter has been launched.  Find out about how to get involved HERE and look out for more on how we can support you to move towards the Charter.

We held an Executive Leadership day for 11 of our Chief Executives and senior leaders in February in partnership with Re:markable.  If you would be interested in discussing participation in a collaborative senior leadership programme with peers from across the sector, then please do get in touch.

As part of SFHA’s partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), Eildon Housing Association has secured funding to different modern methods of construction.  Look out for the learning from this which will be shared across the sector.  If you would like support to test different approaches to construction in your organisation, please get in touch to explore how SFHA and CSIC could help.

Our Inclusive Living team, led by the University of Stirling, is producing a definition of inclusive living and a practical guide and tool to help you to design great places and services for everyone.  The team is planning to use this research to inform a challenge which will invite and develop new ideas to embed inclusion in our homes, communities and services.

Our Digital Asset Management team, supported by Bruach Design and Scottish Futures Trust, has developed an outline of an Asset Management model for the housing sector and are developing this into a framework and guidance for all our members, many of whom have told us this is a business priority.

Three of our members are receiving expert Green Infrastructure design advice and support from Architecture and Design Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Government, to incorporate nature into new developments and create great places for people and communities to live, grow, play and thrive.

Our Service Transformation team is working with SFHA staff to co-design SFHA’s member-only area of the website which will provide all of the resources you have created in a personalised way for our members, and help you to connect to others from across the sector to collaborate, share and learn together. Watch this space.

If you’d like to find out more about any of the above work, or to get involved in our projects, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.