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Pitch your Workshop Week: Keep Scotland Beautiful, Social Publishing Project & University of Stirling, Horizon Housing Association & Housing Options Scotland

Vote now for the workshop you would like to see at SFHA annual conference 

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RSLs, Public and Third Sector organisations were given the opportunity to pitch for a workshop slot at this year’s Housing Scotland Annual Conference. Each day this week we will feature a selection of the workshops in HST.

Todays featured workshops are:

Pitch 11: Climate Change within the Scottish Social Housing Sector by Keep Scotland Beautiful

As a socially responsible organisation, how seriously are you taking climate change?

Whilst meeting EESSH will go a long way to tackle this, achieving the scale of the changes needed requires us all to embed a ‘low carbon culture’ in our organisations, where the carbon impact of everyday decisions is considered and minimised.

The Carbon Literacy Project is a unique UK-wide initiative that offers anyone a day’s worth of learning about climate change, matched to their work and their ability to act. Successful learners are assessed and certified as being Carbon Literate, and organisations who develop a low-carbon culture can be accredited as Carbon Literate Organisations.

This workshop will explain how Carbon Literacy works and demonstrate the benefits the approach can bring to your organisation, here in Scotland.

Pitch 12: Quids In! By Social Publishing Project

The Quids In 'Centres' offer 'in the room' support with long term money skills, financial resilience and digital competence.

These are usually day long money sessions, run in familiar locations within the community. Participants are referred from local housing associations, the local authority and advice agencies.

Prior to each course, attendees fill out a resilience survey to benchmark their money and digital confidence, which is revisited later to monitor outcomes and impact.

These interactive courses explore attitudes to money, as well as helping to understand consumer choice and power. It looks at the best advice on banking, budgeting, being online, savings, spending, insurance and protection and income maximisation. The course works through online benefit- checking tools, budget planners and shopping online. There is always some focus on Universal Credit, looking at the possible pitfalls. By the end goals are set, and next steps identified (which are followed up afterwards).

These money skills courses aim to improve the financial resilience of people facing poverty.

Pitch 13: Housing Solutions for Disabled People by University of Stirling, Horizon Housing Association & Housing Options Scotland

This session will present key findings from new research into the effectiveness of allocations and lettings practice for accessible and adapted social housing in Scotland. The study collected new evidence from an in depth examination of three local authority areas including:

  • Hearing the experiences of disabled applicants and tenants over an extended period
  • Understanding the approaches of housing providers and engaging them in discussions about their practice and the experiences of applicants and tenants.
  • A co-production approach involving disabled people throughout

You can view the full list of workshops here.

Now that all workshops have been announced, voting is now open and delegates are asked to vote for four workshops they want to see at the conference using our interactive platform Slido.


So, how does it work?

Simply using your Smartphone, tablet or PC:

Go to www.sli.do

Type in housingscotland19

Answer the poll

And that’s it!


Voting will close the following week on Wednesday 15 May so make sure you get your votes in!

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