If you need to write, refresh or revise a key housing strategy, this series of five practical workshops will guide you every step of the way.
HQN has been experiencing a significant increase in people asking for support to refresh key housing strategies. Whilst we’re always happy to roll up our sleeves and take on the lion’s share of such work, we’re also very aware that many organisations are working with significantly reduced budgets and needing to do a lot of this work in-house.
That’s why we have decided to launch a new programme, which combines access to consultancy support and information with a structured approach to developing a new strategy. The programme covers multiple workshops, taking you through each of the key stages. You’ll develop a project and consultation plan, review the data and gather evidence, appraise options and resources. You’ll also have access to HQN resources including relevant toolkits and briefings.
Strategy development often ends up in the ‘important but not urgent’ box: committing to the programme creates momentum and a deadline. You’ll also have support from others in the group, able to exchange ideas, and act as a sounding board.
Each workshop will equip you for the next stage of the work, so by the end of the workshops you’ll have a complete draft of your new strategy – job done! The workshops will apply to any strategy with a housing focus, be this a housing strategy, homelessness strategy, tenancy strategy or similar. They will also apply whether you work for a local authority, RP or other housing provider.
In order to complete your strategy within that timescale you’ll obviously need to set aside additional time to do the work – but for each stage you’ll have a clear idea of what you need to do and how to do it – effectively, and in line with best practice.
The programme will be delivered by HQN associate Wendy Murphy who will be with you every step of the way.
By the end of this session, you’ll have a tailored action plan setting out the key stages of the work, and a consultation plan showing how you will involve partners and other stakeholders. You’ll have considered the merits of setting up a steering group, identified key risks to delivery, and considered national and local context, including other relevant strategies which need to be taken into account.!
Wendy Murphy is an experienced consultant who has worked in the housing sector for more than 30 years. She has undertaken a wide range of consultancy assignments for HQN, including projects on tenancies and allocations. She has written briefing papers for HQN on a wide range of topics, including emerging new approaches to housing management, tenancy strategies and policies, affordable rents, allocations and lettings, hard-to-let properties and partnership working.
Wendy was previously a senior manager with Bristol City Council where she was responsible for developing new approaches to housing management, including locally managed approaches and integration with a wider range of services. She was chair of Flourish Homes and sat on the Aster Group board for eight years. Wendy has run a large number of in-house and public training courses; her approach is practical and action orientated, ensuring that learning is embedded into the organisation. Wendy also works as a coach and facilitator.
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