Informing and supporting the work of SFHA Members is the key driver to all SFHA events and conferences. Since the initial programme for the SFHA Housing Management Conference was announced there have been two key developments:
• After a long wait, the commencement order for Section 2 of the Housing (Scotland) 2014 Act was laid before Parliament, meaning the changes and powers set out in the 2014 Act will soon be live.
• The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group have made a wide range of recommendations, which will impact on housing associations.
After some reflection, the SFHA team agreed reluctantly that these issues are too important not to reflect in the Housing Management Conference programme, and have taken the decision to postpone the Housing Management Conference till after the summer break. This will give the team enough time to incorporate developments into the programme, giving SFHA Members the best possible conference.
Details of the new date will be announced on the sfha website.
Speakers & Biographies
Linda is the UK’s sole certified Chronic Disorganisation Specialist and Hoarding Specialist.
Linda is the founder of Life-Pod, which she established in 2012. Since then, she has become recognised as the ‘go to’ person in Scotland, and across the UK, for advice and guidance on dealing with clutter and hoarding issues.
To date, Linda has provided Hoarding Awareness training for over 1200 professionals in the emergency services, housing, health and social care sectors. She has also helped many individuals to live safer and more comfortably in their homes; many of whom were at risk of homelessness.
Linda advocates on behalf of people affected by clutter and hoarding; she is a lead campaigner for better treatment and interventions, specifically in relation to forced clear-outs.
Peter Kelly has been active in campaigns for social justice for more than 20 years, both as a worker and activist. He joined the Poverty Alliance, Scotland’s anti-poverty network in 2002, and has been Director since 2004. He is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the organisation, as well as leading on the policy and campaigning goals of the network. He has a strong interest in issues around labour market inequality, including in-work poverty and low pay, and civic and community activism.
Peter also represents the Alliance in a variety of forums and networks including the Scottish Drugs Forum, the Scottish International Development Alliance and others. He is currently Vice President of the European Anti-Poverty Network.
Jill Pritchard is an Occupational Therapist & Business Change Consultant. She previously worked with the Joint Improvement Team & has continued supporting Health, Housing & Social Care partnerships under the auspices of the iHub. She supports improvements in the delivery of adaptation services at operational & strategic levels within the Integration arrangements & promotes best use of Occupational Therapy & wider partnership staffing resources to produce better housing/adaptation outcomes for people. She is on the national ‘Minor Adaptations without Delay’ Steering Group representing the Scottish branch of the Occupational Therapy special interest group in Housing.
Langstane Housing Association
Following completion of a degree in Human Geography, that sparked an interest in social housing, Ash has worked with Langstane Housing Association since 1997. She has held a variety of roles from generic housing officer, leader of a specialist arrears team, policy officer, and executive assistant. Her current role is varied, with responsibilities including tenant involvement, complaints reporting, policy development, social media and website management, developing Association publications, coordinating the ARC return and data protection compliance.