Housing associations and the Armed Forces – Sign up for an upcoming roundtable discussion

Members of all HQN specialist networks are invited to take part in a roundtable discussion about the role of housing associations in supporting members of the Armed Forces Community.
Shared Intelligence, in partnership with the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), have been commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) to identify ways of improving the delivery of organisational pledges made under the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is intended to ensure that members of the Armed Forces Community do not suffer disadvantage as a result of their service and that where appropriate they are recognised for their service.
This event, which takes place in London on Wednesday 25 July 2018, is part of the final phase of the research which has included carrying out interviews, surveys and focus groups with organisations across all sectors and service providers including health, housing, education, the emergency services and financial services.
The roundtable discussion will cover the following topics:
  • The importance of the Armed Forces Community for your organisation (as clients, customers or employees)
  • Any actions you have taken to support the Armed Forces Community (AFC)
  • Your views about what else could be done
  • Your awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant.
Shared Intelligence are interested in speaking with housing providers that both have and have not taken any action in support of the AFC.
Claire Trafford, consultant at Shared Intelligence, said: "It is an important opportunity to influence thinking on the steps needed to ensure that the Covenant meets the needs of the AFC. We are confident that this will be an interesting session and an opportunity to inform recommendations. Shared Intelligence adopted a similar approach in their previous research which resulted in the report Our Community, Our Covenant."
Anyone interested in attending the roundtable discussion should contact Jon Land at HQN via email at jon.land@hqnetwork.co.uk.
Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone interested in attending should contact us no later than Friday 13 July 2018. The roundtable is scheduled to last no more than two hours. The venue will be confirmed in due course.