HQN goes virtual

Here are the details of all our forthcoming virtual events, seminars, public training courses and best practice groups.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start01 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End01 Dec 2020 15:00

    S.20 consultation – how to do it correctly so you can recover the costs of repairs and improvements from leaseholders and tenants

    Details

    S.20 Consultation

    The aim of this training is to provide officers with an understanding of how different activities carried out by different parts of the business can impact on an organisation’s ability to fully recover “eligible” costs from both leaseholders and tenants.

    This one-day course will cover:

    • Understanding the contractual position for both tenants and leaseholders
    • The Right to Buy offer notice (S125) – its importance for ensuring full recovery of costs
    • The S.20 consultation process in detail for major works, long-term contracts and major works within long-term contracts, responsive repairs. The pitfalls and how to avoid them
    • Best practice in dealing with emergency works
    • S.20 case law and best practice
    • S.20B (18month ‘rule’) – how it works in practice, pro-active practices to ensure you are ahead of the game
    • How to enhance the consultation process – to avoid challenges at the First Tier Tribunal
    • Using the First Tier Tribunal as a ‘tool’ in ensuring the recovery of costs.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    All officers with responsibility for:

    • Designing, planning and delivery of planned maintenance and improvement work programmes
    • The delivery of the responsive repairs contract
    • Procurement and contract management of long-term contracts and tenders for works
    • Legal officers and leasehold officers
    • Officers dealing with RTB applications and notices.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running on 29 January and 14 April 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    29 January 2021

    14 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start01 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End01 Dec 2020 15:00

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

    Details

    Project management bootcamp

    Most organisations run projects – but under 40% of those projects are delivered on time, on budget and achieve their objectives. 

    A project has a much higher chance of success if the strategy is clear and everyone involved knows the principles of running a project. All members of the team need clarity on their roles and what is needed from others to ensure plans are effective. This training will give you the skills to ensure you plan all of this. 

    This course will be delivered in a single day – two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. It will lead you through the essentials of project management, why it is needed and what makes a project run well. The focus will be on techniques and actions needed to deliver high quality projects on time and budget. Delegates will leave the day with a comprehensive overview of project management and practical skills and templates to help your organisation accomplish success. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • Differences between a project and business as usual
    • Benefits of project management
    • Project lifecycle and features of a successful project
    • Roles within a project and characteristics of effective project teams
    • Identifying and engaging stakeholders
    • Communication for results
    • Outlining project scope and producing a plan
    • Scheduling, monitoring and reporting
    • Risk and issue management – and what to do when things go wrong
    • Managing changes 
    • How to successfully conclude a project.

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    • Everyone who wants to properly critique the way they are currently running projects and use practical project management tools and techniques that work
    • The course is suitable for people who are new to project management or those who are working as a part of a project team
    • The session content can be flexible and structured to consider the needs and experience level of those attending. 

    Our trainer

    Ruth Walker-Cotton is a qualified project manager (APM PMQ), a member of the Association of Project Management and has an MSc in Strategic Project Management.

    Ruth has extensive experience of writing and implementing strategies and managing campaigns and projects within the Charity, NHS and Housing sectors. She has successfully improved performance in a variety of sectors, through setting and achieving targets in partnership with key stakeholders.

    Ruth is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency. Her main focus is project management – whether training a team or guiding them through a project – supporting businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change.

    Sold out

    This course will also be running on 21 January and 16 March 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    21 January 2021

    16 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  1. How to identify and engage with the financially vulnerable (in partnership with CACI)

    Details

    Customer insight specialists CACI present a timely workshop to help organisations with their rent income strategies over the Christmas period.

    This virtual session, which is free to attend for members of any HQN network, will explore attitudes and behaviour around financial issues, such as bill payments and debt, while providing advice on how to engage effectively with financial advice.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Who are the ‘new’ financially vulnerable?
    • Rents and rent arrears - attitudes and behaviour to paying rent 
    • Case study: How the ‘Money Advice & Pension Service’ identifies and engages with financially vulnerable groups
    • Case study: How one of the major water companies identify and support financially vulnerable customers.

    Free to members

    Places are limited to two spaces per organisation. Further bookings will be put on a waiting list for places.

    This session is free to all members HQN. To check your entitlement email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3). 

     

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    Delegate fees:

    *FREE to all HQN members.

    Non-members: £60.00 *

    To check your membership entitlement please email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3).

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. Delegates may be substituted at any time.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start02 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End02 Dec 2020 15:00

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Details

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Landlords are required to process Right to Buy applications correctly and within set time limits. There may be penalties to pay if this isn’t done. This practical course will take you through the process including all the common pitfalls – from initial enquiry to final completion. Get up to speed with the latest best practice. 

    This course will cover: 

    • Elibility of tenant – the criteria 
    • Eligibility of the property 
    • Tenancy checks for fraud 
    • Money laundering 
    • The process including timescales
      • Structural surveys 
      • Instructing valuers 
      • Cost floor calculation 
      • Calculating the service charge for flats or houses 
      • The importance of the lease plan/boundaries 
      • The offer -S125 Notice 
      • Dealing with disputes of valuation 
      • Drafting the lease/freehold transfer 
      • Instructing solicitors 
    • Penalties for delays 
    • Process on completion – updating database 
    • Post sale administration – on re-sale/ assignment 
    • Role of the Right to Buy agency. 

    What you will learn? 

    The course will cover everything you need to know to effectively take an application through from enquiry to completion: 

    • Governing rules, requirements and legislation 
    • Effectively managing the process 
    • Impact of case law 
    • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them 
    • Dealing with challenges and complaints 
    • Latest best practice. 

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    All staff involved in and with responsibility for the RTB and RTA processes. Ideal for staff new to their roles as well as a refresher. Suitable for both housing association and local authority staff.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running on 20 January and 2 March 2021.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    20 January 2021

    2 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    The Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Event (Virtual)
    • VenueVirtual workshop
    • Start02 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End02 Dec 2020 12:30

    GDPR - managing data protection and cyber risks during the pandemic

    Details

    GDPR - managing data protection and cyber risks during the pandemic

    Virtual workshop

    The global Covid-19 pandemic has proved challenging and has certainly accelerated the agile working agenda for many housing associations. 

    Working remotely has become the ‘new norm’ and looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. While it brings many benefits, it also increases the cyber-related risks within the sector. 

    This practical workshop, led by HQN GDPR expert Jill Jones, will:

    • Explore the cyber challenges housing providers now face providing practical tips and advice on how data protection risks can be effectively managed
    • Examine the increased threat of cyber-related incidents and the practical steps that you can take to mitigate these risks
    • Provide expert advice on how you can stay on top of your organisation’s GDPR requirements whilst working remotely.

    Johnty Mongan, Cyber Risk Consultant at Gallagher, will provide additional insight into cyber security breaches and how hackers are able to access your organisation's systems with a LIVE demonstration. He’ll share his experience about potential risks and advise what actions you and your organisations should be taking in order to mitigate these risks.

    Exclusive, free consultation for all delegates

    Johnty is offering a free of charge cyber consultation for up to 30 minutes. This would be a general conversation around your IT security and any concerns you may have. It will include the results from an open intelligence investigation (a way of collecting and analysing information from publicly available sources) which may highlight vulnerabilities in your IT systems that could potentially make them more of a target for a cyber-attack, such as if any email addresses or passwords have been compromised. It would be helpful, but not essential, if the person responsible for your IT or your IT manager could also be on the call.

    About Jill Jones

    Jill has over 15 years’ experience in governance, assurance, health and safety and risk management. She has worked predominantly in the social housing and charitable sector for the last ten years. As a registered risk practitioner, Jill specialises in risk management services, compliance with GDPR and business continuity/emergency planning. She created and then chaired Risk Forum Wales for a number of years to improve risk practices in the social housing sector. She is a regular speaker at national events and has had several articles published in the field of risk management and social housing. 

    About Johnty Mongan

    Johnty supports new and existing clients identify and remediate cyber exposures. Johnty runs the Cyber Risk Management offering at Gallagher’s in the UK. Gallagher has more than 4,500 employees specialising in risk management and insurance solutions for corporate, commercial and personal customers. As organisations continue to evolve and digitally enable, their reliance on a resilient infrastructure has never been more paramount to survive in a market fraught with cyber threats.

    Johnty has supported and vast range of enterprise clients to reduce their cyber exposure. These are in both public and private sector. Johnty has supported many industries including the National Health Service, a range of globally recognised charities, manufacturing, retail, logistics and many more.

    Through a regional UK network of customer-focused branches in more than 50 locations, and its specialty London market operations, Gallagher offers tailored insurance programmes and coverage for both UK and international clients. It is dedicated to providing local service and support to businesses, backed up by national industry specialism and global reach.

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    Delegate fees:
    Full price: £175.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £150.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts or free places at this event. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Programme:  

    Click here to download

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Event (Virtual)
    • VenueVirtual workshop
    • Start02 Dec 2020 13:30
    • End02 Dec 2020 15:30

    Bringing customer journey maps to life

    Details

     Bringing customer journey maps to life

    Virtual workshop

    Understand how to create customer journey maps that engage the whole organisation and lead to better services at these interactive virtual workshops.

    Customer journey mapping has become a key process for housing providers as they try to better understand and improve their relationship with residents.

    But how do you turn a paper exercise into something meaningful and ‘real’ for the whole organisation that ultimately leads to better services?

    To truly understand the ‘customer experience’, it is important to map the flow of how a customer becomes acquainted, uses and follows-up on a service offering. But how this customer journey information is used varies from organisation to organisation. For example, it could chart an existing customer journey or be used to develop an ambition for the future.

    Where customer journey mapping often falls down, however, is that it remains stuck with an individual or team and has limited visibility across the wider organisation. Although ownership of the customer journey map is critical, this lack of stakeholder engagement can also mean important elements of the journey are missing or support processes are missed out.

    The map therefore needs to be documented in a way that everyone can easily understand it and needs to be formatted in an intuitive way. But building one and acquiring the right insight can be a rather overwhelming task without the right tools and understanding.

    Thankfully, help is at hand. Leading service design agency Hellon, which has been responsible for hundreds of creating customer journey maps across many different sectors, social housing included, are delighted to share their expertise with housing professionals at these exclusive workshops.

    The virtual sessions will explore:

    • How to bring your customer journey map to life - tools and techniques
    • The benefits of treating the customer journey as a living document
    • How to involve stakeholders in creating a customer journey
    • What insights are required from the customer and how best to acquire them
    • How to turn a journey map into an emotional map.

    The workshop will combine theory with a set of reflective exercises and a showcase of inspirational case studies and methods to gain a better pragmatic understanding of the methodology.

    The session will be led by:

    Andreas Pattichis - Lead Service Designer, Hellon

    Andreas is a Nordic designer with a Mediterranean twist. As a lead service designer, he has worked in a variety of industries through the multifaceted nature of working in creative agencies. His co-workers describe him as full of energy, and excited about anything set onto his plate. Andreas has a strong academic background in the field of service design, which has allowed him to explore many sides of the field, with a keen interest in the development of a business mindset and an understanding of the opportunities in digitalisation. His biggest passion is working with people, with strong public speaking skills and an interest in exploring new methods for facilitating co-creative sessions. He has strong design lead skills, ensuring success and on-time delivery of any project. 

    Elisa Facondo - Senior Service Designer, Hellon

    Elisa is a versatile designer who is strong in both visual design and service design. Her service design expertise ranges from user research, customer interviews and designing workshop structures, to concept design and prototyping.  She is passionate about creating visual solutions that can communicate ideas to people on any level: from presentations and workshop visual support to full brand identities and activation creation. With degrees in Service and Interior design, Elisa communicates things 360°: thinking of the customer journey from start to end and looking at customer experience from several points of view.

    Eloise Smith-Foster - Service Designer, Hellon

    Eloise is an experienced, value-led and research-driven service designer.  Her practical experience in Germany and the UK, combined with a Master of European Design from the Glasgow School of Art, Aalto University and KISD University enables her to draw upon diverse methodologies and intercultural design expertise gained across Europe. She confidently undertakes insight driven projects end-to-end; from trend analytics and user research, to concept development, prototyping and delivery.  She is experienced in working across products, services and systems, with a particular focus on long term business opportunities due to her grounding in futures research.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is for anyone who is involved in defining their tenant/homeowner experience or wishes to get a better understanding on how to utilise a journey map in their day-to-day business.

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    Delegate fees:
    Full price: £175.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £150.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts or free places at this event. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Registration will start 30 minutes before the first session.

    Programme:  

    Click here to download the programme

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start03 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End03 Dec 2020 15:00

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

    Details

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

    Whilst rent arrears are always hitting the press, many organisations spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on providing services. But few recover the full costs from their tenants and leaseholders. Councils are raiding the HRA to balance the general fund.  Lets stop this by getting on top of your service charge setting and collection!

    This practical workshop will assist you in maximising your income: we will provide working examples of how to calculate the real cost of providing services, how to identify where full recovery is not being made and how to bridge the gap. For developing organisations, we will highlight the critical path to ensuring full recovery of costs, including an exercise in how to calculate service charges when developing new schemes for rent and sale, to ensure that you have considered everything.

    You will understand:

    • The relationship between revenue, capital/revenue expenditure and value for money and why recovery of costs is critical to a successful business
    • What remedies are in place to assist in maximising recovery
    • What can and cannot be charged for in a service charge
    • Why getting the terms of the lease and tenancy agreement right plays a big part in full recovery of costs
    • Why the development, technical and management teams need to work closely together in the early stages of a new development to ensure full recovery
    • Why policy decisions will have an impact on maximising recovery
    • How the use of IT can assist in efficient recovery
    • The relevant legislation you should be aware of that governs service charge accountability and your ability to charge.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    • Housing directors and managers
    • Finance managers
    • Service charge managers
    • Home ownership managers
    • Asset managers
    • Officers dealing with RTB, RTA and new developments, housing and repairs officers.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "Informative and interesting course. Very knowledgeable trainer" – Shepherds Bush Housing Association
    • "Gave me good insight into service charges and lease holders" – Eldon Housing Association
    • "Trainer was very knowledgeable and experienced" – Kettering Borough Council 

    This course will also be running on 8 February and 20 April 2021

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    8 February 2021

    20 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Event (Virtual)
    • VenueVirtual conference
    • Start03 Dec 2020 10:20
    • End03 Dec 2020 15:00

    The Residents’ Network annual conference 2020 – A practical guide to the Social Housing White Paper

    Details

    The Residents’ Network annual conference 2020 – A practical guide to the Social Housing White Paper

    Virtual conference

    Find out what the long-awaited White Paper means for social housing landlords and residents at this year’s virtual Residents’ Network annual conference.

    This year’s Residents’ Network annual conference couldn’t be more timely, taking place just a matter of weeks after the government published its new Charter for Social Housing Residents in the Social Housing White Paper.

    The conference will provide one of the first opportunities to get the lowdown on what the key proposals mean for the future relationship between landlords and tenants with delegates getting to hear direct from some of the key players involved in the White Paper along with reaction from residents and social housing providers.

    The long-awaited White Paper, delayed by Brexit, the general election, and the coronavirus pandemic, sets out the government’s vision for the future of social housing in England.

    The key proposals are designed to ensure that those living in social housing ‘be treated fairly, and with dignity and respect’ by:

    • Transforming the way social housing is run and regulated alongside wide-ranging reform to building safety laws
    • Ensuring landlords prioritise safety, repairs and maintaining good quality homes
    • Providing services that have residents’ needs at the heart of them
    • Empowering residents to get complaints sorted quickly and get redress when things go wrong
    • Ensuring that residents and listened to and respected
    • Making landlords more accountable for their services.

    This year’s Residents’ Network annual conference will address these key areas of the White Paper and hear from housing providers who have already acted on some of the recommendations (originally set out in the 2018 Green Paper).

    The conference will also look at the effect Covid-19 has had on resident engagement, involvement and scrutiny.

    Confirmed speakers:

    • Alistair McIntosh, HQN
    • Emma Foxall, Deputy Housing Ombudsman
    • Fleur Priest-Stephens, Policy Leader, National Housing Federation
    • The Social Sector (Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group
    • Jonathan Lawn, Assistant Director, People Services and Communications, Phoenix Community Housing
    • Anne McGurk, Chair of the Phoenix Board and Phoenix tenant
    • Jane Everton, Deputy Director - Social Housing, Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government
    • Jan Mills, Resident Involvement & Scrutiny Manager, Clarion Housing
    • Elaine Warwick, Resident engagement and scrutiny coordinator, bpha
    • John Sudworth, Member of scrutiny panel and customer experience panel, Stonewater
    • Rob Gershon, HQN associate
    • Ed Daffarn, Grenfell United campaigner and former Grenfell resident.

    Please note, this event will take place virtually, via Zoom.

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    Delegate fees:
    Full price: £150.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £99.00 *
    Members of the Residents' Network: One FREE resident place

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts or free places at this event. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Sponsored by:

    Gridizen

     

    Plentific

     

    Programme:  

    Click here to download the programme

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.

    The Residents' Network

  2. RIEN best practice group: Maintaining performance, recovery and action plans

    Details

    The Rent Income Excellence Network is pleased to be able to announce its next round of best practice groups, offering delegates the chance to network and share best practice on a range of topics. 

    This session will be led by HQN Associate Mark Henderson, and will look at the following topics:

    • Sustaining performance levels
    • Recovery strategies
    • Corporate Income action plans
    • Court procedures and impact on providers and tenants.

    Free to members

    This session is free to members of the Rent Income Excellence Network. To check your entitlement email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3). 

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Delegate fees:

    *FREE to members of the Rent Income Excellence Network.

    Non-members: £60.00 *

    To check your membership entitlement please email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3).

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. Delegates may be substituted at any time.

    The Rent Income Excellence Network

  3. The Can Do Sector: Stepping up in 2021

    Details

    The challenges 2020 have thrown at us have been like no others in living memory. One thing we know with certainty there will be no going back. This is a truly transformative moment.

    One positive from all the stresses and problems we have faced has been our ability to learn in real time and learn fast.

    We have all been grappling with how to adapt, but we did so rapidly, changing the way we did things in weeks, sometimes days. And now we are starting to look beyond our most challenging year.

    Join us for an interactive session to explore:

    • What the jumping out issues are – led by HQN CEO Alistair McIntosh

    • How we can ensure business resilience in uncertain times  - led by Iron Grip designer Ian Parker

    • What the political drivers will be up to and beyond the Senedd elections in 2021 – led by Keith Edwards

    • How you can shape the agenda to share ideas and practice through the HQN Cymru network.

    Free to members

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Delegate fees:

    *FREE to members of HQN Cymru

    Non-members: £60.00 *

    To check your membership entitlement please email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3).

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start07 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End07 Dec 2020 15:00

    Writing better reports

    Details

    Writing better reports

    With practical exercises and examples this course will build on your skills to make you a more confident writer. It will help you to think and plan before you write so you can choose the best style and structure to get your message across. 

    Well-written reports deliver information that is: 

    • Concise and clear 
    • Easily understood 
    • Helpful to decision-makers. 

    We will cover: 

    • Knowing what you want to say
      Understanding your audience and being clear about your purpose to help you identify your key messages. 
    • Choosing the best tone and structure
      Using your messages to create a logical structure and find the right style for your report. 
    • Presenting information effectively
      Being relentlessly clear is the best way to gain understanding. We will clarify what plain English is and how to use it, as well as how to summarise and use graphs, tables and charts well. 

    Bring a recent report (or one from your to-do list) to reflect on throughout the day. You’ll be able to apply what you learn directly to this example. This will help you to feel confident about putting your new skills to use. 

    Who should attend? 

    Everyone who wants to improve their report writing skills, including leaders, managers and team leaders. 

    Our trainer

    Caroline Oubridge started out making community programmes for BBC local radio before working in press and communications for national charities for over 15 years. She's a strong believer in straightforward communication and now specialises in training and advising organisations on how to explain who they are, what they do and why it matters. Caroline always delivers training that is informative, enjoyable and practical.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  4. Climate change best practice group: Engaging with customers on decarbonisation

    Details

    The sector has to engage with customers as it urgently seeks to decarbonise their homes. As time goes by this will involve increasingly disruptive changes to their lives, eg, losing their known and loved gas boiler! We may have technical solutions and funding lined up for retrofit, but without customer buy in it won’t happen.

    Fully booked

    This end of year climate change best practice group will focus on a discussion around this subject, with examples of good practice.

    If you have any examples of good practice which you can present please email max.salsbury@hqnetwork.co.uk.

    Free to members

    This session is free to members of the Housing Quality Network and the Asset Management Network (as part of the Climate Change Group). To check your entitlement email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3). 

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Delegate fees:

    *FREE to members of the Housing Quality Network and the Asset Management Network (as part of the Climate Change Group).

    Non-members: £60.00 *

    To check your membership entitlement please email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3).

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. Delegates may be substituted at any time.

    The Asset Management Network

    The Housing Quality Network

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start07 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End08 Dec 2020 13:00

    Rent First: Positive conversations to maximise income, help people and prevent homelessness

    Details

    Rent First: Positive conversations to maximise income, help people and prevent homelessness

    Landlords and customers are having to adjust to the many changes arising from Covid-19 and the “new normal”.

    This virtual workshop – delivered over Zoom on two consecutive mornings (10.00am to 13.00pm) – explores the new challenges for housing providers working hard to maximise income and support customers. Some customers will be new to claiming benefits, others will be facing greater financial pressures as a result of lockdown and social distancing, many will be vulnerable and need extra support.

    The practical workshop will examine the skills that are needed for any negotiating situation bringing together proven techniques and strategies for effective negotiation, motivational interviewing and debt management.

    Although focused on housing income management, the tips and techniques are fully transferable to other areas of work as well as participants’ personal lives.

    Why “Rent First?”

    When our financial circumstances change, one of the most pressing concerns is how to meet our housing costs. This is true for most social housing tenants.

    “Rent first” is not about landlords taking an unduly hard line with tenants but simply reflects that this is a high priority for both parties and the starting point for positive conversations.

    What will delegates learn?

    These workshops will boost participants’ knowledge and confidence in:

    • Initiating and managing positive conversations
    • Instilling a payment culture with empathy
    • Handling objections assertively and engaging customers in finding solutions
    • Negotiating payment plans and motivating changes in payment behaviours
    • Helping customers to pay on time and to manage their accounts successfully.

    At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Apply a motivational, solution-based negotiation framework
    • Know their preferred negotiating style and how each style influences outcomes.
    • Prepare effectively for discussing debt with customers
    • Gain confidence in initiating a discussion regarding debt
    • Apply practical frameworks and core skills to handle calls effectively and efficiently
    • Handle payment objections empathetically but assertively
    • Guide customers through sensitive and challenging discussions
    • Manage situations where customers present mental health issues, based on the latest expert guidance.

    Put simply, applying these skills in practice will help your customers, boost your income and prevent homelessness.

    Timings        

    This online workshop is delivered via Zoom, over two days.

    The timings for each day are:
    10.00am to 13.00pm (break 11.20am to 11.40am)

    Who should attend?

    All

    Both new and experienced officers would benefit from this course. Although focused on income collection and debt recovery, the skills are highly transferable to other areas of work.

    Our trainer

    Tony Newman is a project manager, consultant and trainer with over 30 years’ experience across a range of industries, in the private and public sectors.

    His work centres on helping social sector clients to maximise income and improve services to customers, especially to support the financial wellbeing and independence of vulnerable people.

    Tony studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Stirling and maintains an active interest in communication and behavioural science. He incorporates the latest thinking on these subjects into his work.

    He has extensive experience in designing and delivering highly effective negotiation training workshops and development programmes, across a range of sectors and in a variety of contexts. These include specialist workshops focused on housing management.

    As an HQN associate, Tony designed HQN’s income management and financial inclusion toolkits and helped to develop the accreditation service for income management. He leads the specialist Rent Income Excellence Network and carries out regular “hands-on” service reviews and health checks on rent collection and arrears management.

    He has a track record of supporting clients to improve performance in challenging environments and has practical experience of managing complex projects that have delivered improved social and financial outcomes.

    Tony has written a number of papers and presented at many conferences on the subject of income maximisation, debt recovery and financial inclusion. He has a keen interest in the opportunities to improve quality and value for money through better integration of housing, social care and health services and more effective engagement with customers and communities.

    Tony is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Chartered Institute of Credit Management, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, the Project Management Institute and the Financial Health Exchange, for whom Tony is a member of the Advisory Panel.

    He is an associate lecturer at the University of Salford where he designs and leads on the University’s Introduction to Housing Policy and Practice blended learning degree module and is an associate of the University’s Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit.

    Last few places remaining

    This course will also be running on 11 & 12 February4 & 5 March and 13 & 14 April 2021.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    11 & 12 February 2021

    4 & 5 March 2021

    13 & 14 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Rent Income Excellence Network
    The Rent Income Excellence Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start07 Dec 2020 13:00
    • End07 Dec 2020 16:00

    Having difficult conversations – handle them well, be more effective

    Details

    Having difficult conversations – handle them well, be more effective

    At work, at home difficult conversations are attempted or avoided every day.

    Not having those hard conversations impacts everything – most of the time we don’t see the full extent of the damage. There is a tremendous unaccounted business impact of avoiding the difficult conversations.

    Giving a critical performance review. Saying no to someone in need. Confronting inappropriate behaviour. Disagreeing with the majority in a group. Apologising.

    All the sorts of things we run round and round in our head, trying to figure out in advance what to say and wondering afterward what we should have said.

    This session will help you understand the dynamics and reasons why these conversations are so difficult. It will help you gain experience in the skills and strategies that are necessary to ensure these conversations go well. There will be time to practise skills and strategies with role-plays and coaching.

    Changing and adapting your style will take time. But the potential rewards are rich. If you follow the steps outlined in the session and put the learning into practice you will find difficult conversations becoming easier and cause less anxiety. You will be more effective and happier with the results.

    The skills you will learn on this course will enable you to say anything to anyone and get a positive result.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    Team leaders, supervisors, managers and executives. Everyone, regardless of their level who is responsible for running a team, who wants to create a culture of excellence and run a harmonious team.

    Our trainer

    After graduating from university, Alan Aucoin started his career in the charitable sector supporting disadvantaged and at-risk young people throughout Canada.

    Working as Development Co-ordinator for Horizons for Youth, an innovative harm reduction shelter in Toronto, Alan was inspired by their resiliency and dedication to self-improvement motivating him to establish the best strategic partnerships with major companies and the community to ensure young lives continued to be inspired.

    Upon relocating to the UK, he continued his work with young people to achieve their full potential at The Prince’s Trust, the UK’s leading youth charity, covering Yorkshire and the Humber.

    Following his own life changing experience on a Quarterdeck programme, Alan was invited to become part of the Quarterdeck crew, continuing to promote the ideal that anyone can be an inspirational leader.

    Since then Alan has become an exceptional trainer and coach. He works with clients large and small and is credited with creating many people’s ‘course of a lifetime’.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

    Equality and Diversity
    The Equality and Diversity Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End08 Dec 2020 16:00

    Communal area and block inspections – what you need to know

    Details

    Communal area and block inspections

    (Incorporating Health and Safety issues – fire safety in particular)

    It's vital that communal areas are safe and secure – for residents, contractors and the public. Very often this rests with non-technical staff who are tasked with carrying out inspections. This one day course provides guidance and essential advice on how to carry out inspections effectively, with a focus on fire safety and health and safety issues.

    Delegates will learn about what to check and how to check in order to ensure compliance with legislation. You will also learn how to identify and diagnose common defects and spot potential problems.

    Aims and objectives:

    • Understand the importance and benefits of estate inspections
    • Be aware of landlord obligations and legislation
    • Know the role of the housing officer and how they fit in to the organisations policies and procedures
    • Be able to effectively prepare for an inspection
    • Understand the importance of an inspection routine 
    • Confidently diagnose common defects and potential problems
    • Identify health and safety risks to maintain safer neighbourhoods
    • Develop effective reporting, feedback and monitoring.

    Who should attend?

    All

    • Anyone in housing management

    Our trainer

    Nancy Witham has more than 30 years experience within the Social Housing Sector. She delivers innovative, engaging interactive training to operational staff in Repairs & Maintenance, Neighbourhood, Customer Service and Business IT systems. Nancy’s style of training makes learning enjoyable and relevant and her training programmes receive consistently excellent feedback.

    Sold out

    This course will also be running on 21 January and 22 March 2021.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    21 January 2021

    22 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network The Housing Management Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End08 Dec 2020 15:00

    Shared ownership

    Details

    Shared ownership

    There are more than 200,000 shared ownership properties in the UK. And the number is growing: the Housing Revenue borrowing cap has been lifted for local authorities; opportunities for development are now a real possibility, and that is likely to include shared ownership and more and more housing associations are entering the shared ownership market too.

    Various schemes operate around the country, with a mixed reputation and differing levels of success. Make sure you’re fully up to speed with the latest best practice. This practical course will cover everything you need to know from getting a scheme off the ground, marketing and selling properties effectively and day to day management.

    Ideal for everyone involved in shared ownership – both as a refresher and for anyone new to this tenure.

    Learn the lessons from the past and keep abreast with all the changes.

    The course will cover

    • The expectations of Homes England (the Government’s funding authority) in developing and selling shared ownership properties
    • How best to work with Homebuy agents
    • Good practice and requirements – marketing and selling shared ownership properties
    • How shared ownership leases differ from other leases in management – specifically rent review, assignment, staircasing, income recovery, re-mortgages.

    Who should attend

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Everyone working in:

    • Shared ownership from development
    • Sales and marketing
    • Management and maintenance.

    Ideal as a refresher and those new to shared ownership, for housing association and local authority staff.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End08 Dec 2020 13:00

    Influencing and negotiating for a win-win

    Details

    Influencing and negotiating for a win-win

    As housing practitioners we often find ourselves negotiating with and attempting to positively influence others’ (customers, colleagues, partners, stakeholders) behaviours. Negotiation and influencing are essential skills critical for business and personal success. Yet these skills are often treated as 'assumed life skills' that will be picked up along the way.

    This workshop will provide delegates with a range of techniques that will result in more successful and collaborative negotiations. During the session you will explore behavioural insights and the application of Nudge Theory to influence outcomes in respect of a range of issues and situations including complaints, anti-social behaviour, lettings and allocations as well as estate management. The session will focus on customers but the same skills can be applied to other relationships.

    The workshop will cover:

    • The difference between influencing and negotiating
    • The practical application of Nudge Theory to influence negotiations
    • Inventing options for mutual gain
    • The four-stage negotiation process
    • Listening and communication skills
    • Practical and relevant exercises involving everyday scenarios from the workplace
    • Key areas for self-development.

    Who should attend?

    All

    Everyone wanting to improve their effectiveness when influencing and negotiating customers, colleagues and stakeholders.

    Our trainer

    Jo Leckie is an enthusiastic and motivational facilitator with a keen interest in behavioural insights. She utilises accelerated learning techniques to deliver lively, interactive and engaging workshops. She holds an Honours degree in Housing Studies from De Montfort University along with a Level 4 Certificate in Learning and Development.

    Jo has worked in the social housing sector for over 25 years, holding senior management roles for some of the largest landlords in the UK and Australia. She is known for being passionate about customer service excellence, putting the customer at the heart of the service whilst delivering a commercial business model with a social purpose.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End08 Dec 2020 15:00

    Managing conflict, confrontation and challenging behaviour

    Details

    Managing conflict, confrontation and challenging behaviour

    ‘Confrontation’, ‘conflict’, ‘challenging behaviour’ – terms that stop people managers in their tracks because they are uncomfortable, destructive and stressful. This interactive workshop is focused on the skills to help managers feel and be more confident in tackling uncomfortable situations, view conflict as less of a threat and accept that at times, inevitably, human interactions go wrong.

    This interactive session will provide a safe and constructive environment for discussions around how hard it is to manage difficult behaviour and conflict, and look at how practically applied tools and knowledge can improve situations significantly.

    By attending this course, you will:

    • Delve into what conflict and confrontation are really about
    • Understand that you can influence others and their behaviour
    • Learn about Covey’s Circles of Control, and how to use this model
    • Learn about Transactional Analysis and how to apply this in your interactions
    • Explore how feedback is a valuable tool for managing expectations and behaviour
    • Understand how to diffuse conflict, fairly and constructively – using de-escalation
    • Appreciate your strengths, and how you impact positively or negatively on others.

    Course outline

    • Your profile, understanding your own reponses and building your resilience
    • Conflict and confrontation – what’s behind it? How to recognise warning signs
    • Practical application of theory: tools that work and improve your ability to deal with challenging behaviour
    • Responding with confidence as a manager, what works and what doesn’t
    • Emotional intelligence – your secret weapon
    • Action planning for your development. 

    Who should attend?

    All

    Everyone who manages people.

    Our trainer

    Jo Carr is a trainer, coach and development consultant with a 25 year career in leadership, management and staff development. Jo currently works with clients in the private and public sectors and has experience in social housing as both a senior leader and project manager. Jo’s specialism is behavioural change utilising a creative and adaptive approach. She uses her skills as an ILM coach and lifelong learning specialist to create and deliver stimulating and effective learning products.

    Last few places remaining

    This course will also be running on 23 February 2021.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    23 February 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Event (Virtual)
    • VenueVirtual masterclass
    • Start08 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End08 Dec 2020 12:30

    Preventing fraud masterclass

    Details

    Preventing fraud masterclass

    Virtual masterclass

    Public sector and housing fraud are on the rise. This workshop, led by a former local authority Chief Internal Auditor, will help you to prevent frauds and highlight potentially fraudulent activity.

    Public bodies including social housing providers need to collectively raise their game and learn from others to tackle fraud more effectively.

    That is the verdict of the Auditor General for Wales who says fraudsters have taken advantage of the COVID-19 lockdown with a significant increase in fraudulent activity across the UK and an unprecedented number of scams linked to the virus.

    This virtual workshop, presented by Ian Parker, will provide expert guidance on how businesses can protect themselves - preventing fraud and introducing systems that identify fraudulent activity as soon as possible.

    As a former Chief Internal Auditor for a local authority, Ian has investigated over 20 different frauds. He will draw on his experience and talk through case studies which provide an insight into how those frauds occurred and the actions you can take to minimise the opportunity for it to happen in the future.

    This workshop will:

    • Highlight the most common types of fraud in the social housing sector
    • Outline what to do if you uncover a fraud
    • Set up systems and processes which enable you to take action promptly to prevent fraud from happening or make sure it's highlighted as quickly as possible.

    About Ian Parker

    Ian Parker has worked in the public sector for over 40 years. He has worked in senior positions in local government (including internal audits) and has been the finance director at four RPs. Ian has worked as a consultant for the last 10 years and is HQN’s lead on finance and value for money.

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    Delegate fees:

    Housing Finance Network members: One free place and additional places £99*

    Full price: £175.00 *

    Members of any HQN network: £150.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts or free places at this event. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Programme:  

    Click here to download the programme

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start09 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End09 Dec 2020 12:30

    Leading strategically to develop a high performing culture

    Details

    Leading strategically to develop a high performing culture

    This virtual workshop will provide delegates with great techniques to:

    • Critique your leadership of your team – what’s helping and what do you want to change?
    • Is your strategy focussing on the right areas to enhance performance? 
    • How do you shift performance with people when their motivation has dropped?

    Delegates will go away with practical tools to enable you to think and plan in a more focused way, communicate and influence persuasively and come up with a detailed plan of the role you want to play so that you are leading a high performing team.

    What you will learn

    • Strategic choices – how to make sure our strategy supports our vision
    • How to create a high performance culture – understanding your style of leadership and what you want to develop
    • The six strategic anchors that allow us to keep the team focussed
    • The four motivation traps and how to address them
    • Who are you connecting with and how can you widen your network to ensure you are performing to your full potential.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who leads a team and wants to challenge themselves on how they are currently performing so they stay focused and remain productive. 

    Our trainer

    Emma Walker-Cotton is an award winning trainer specialising in leadership development. She has over 25 years experience of training design and delivery in both the public and private sector, including working as HR Director for Amnesty International. Emma is passionate about individuals having the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop their resilience. She always ensures that participants leave the session with practical skills they can implement back in work.

    This course will also be running on 10 February 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start09 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End09 Dec 2020 15:00

    Motivational interviewing

    Details

    Motivational interviewing

    Motivation is the most important factor in changing behaviour. Some service users won’t appear to have any motivation; others will, but not always necessarily for the right things, like for example paying rent or taking medication. To empower these service users to change their lives, you need to be able to help develop their motivation.

    Motivational interviewing helps to develop a service user’s internal motivation to change ‘problematic’ behaviour of every kind. It is an effective and easy-to-learn technique, that helps you to develop skills such as open questioning and reflective listening to enable you to draw out motivational statements from the service user, allowing them to realise how important change is, and empower them with the confidence to carry out and then to maintain change. 

    You will learn: 

    • What motivation is and how you can measure it 
    • To understand external motivation: the carrot-and-stick approach 
    • To explore Internal motivation and how it’s developed 
    • To understand the vital role of importance and confidence in internal motivation 
    • To be able to use the decisional balance technique to develop ambivalence, the first step in motivation 
    • To explore the cycle of change model and how to key-work at each stage 
    • To practise open questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarising (OARS micro skills) in order to develop talk of change from service users 
    • How to develop the service user’s own motivational statements into a meaningful plan for change. 

    Who should attend?

    All  

    All staff will benefit, since all customer facing staff should know how to help motivate their clients. Whether it’s to pay their rent, or to consider entering treatment for a mental health or substance misuse problem, the development of motivation is vital. 

    Our trainer

    Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT. He has been delivering training for the housing sector for over a decade and has many years’ experience of developing client/customer involvement and peer mentoring schemes.

    Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

    This course will also be running on 21 April 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    21 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  5. Leadership and Organisational Development Hub: Managing remote teams

    Details

    The Leadership and Organisational Development Hub is pleased to announce its next best practice group. These virtual events provide attendees with the chance to network and share best practice while discussing a topical issue.

    What is the Leadership and Organisational Development Hub?

    The hub is a networking group set up for Housing Quality Network members who work in or have an interest in organisational development. The hub is a learning community where Organisational Development (OD) experts from across the sector collaborate to share ideas and best practice around all things to do with organisational effectiveness and transformation.

    If you’re an OD professional working in or around the housing sector, the hub will help you build your external network, find out what’s worked for others, discuss your own experiences and develop professionally.

    The last hub meeting of 2020 will focus on managing remote teams, and we're pleased to be able to welcome Vale of Aylesbury Housing to tell us about their programme. 

    Free to members

    Places are limited to two spaces per organisation. Further bookings will be put on a waiting list for places. 

    Booking

    Please check your entitlement before booking as there will be a charge for organisations that aren't members of the Leadership and Organisational Development Hub (part of the Housing Quality Network and Housing Quality Network Cymru). Email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3) if unsure.

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    Delegate fees:

    *FREE to members of the Leadership and Organisational Hub (part of the Housing Quality Network and Housing Quality Network Cymru memberships).

    Non-members: £60.00 *

    To check your membership entitlement please email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3).

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

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  6. Residents' Network best practice group

    Details

    ­The Residents' Network has announced its next best practice group. These events will provide attendees the chance to network and share best practice while discussing a topical issue.

    Topics for discussion for this group are:

    • Improving the relationship between customers and board
    • Reducing stigma in social housing.

    This group will be facilitated by Thirteen Group. 

    Free to members

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    Further information

    Delegate fees:

    *FREE to members of The Residents' Network

    Non-members: £60.00 *

    To check your membership entitlement please email networks@hqnetwork.co.uk or call 01904 557150 (option 3).

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. Delegates may be substituted at any time.

     

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start09 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End09 Dec 2020 15:00

    Team leader and manager refresher

    Details

    Team leader and manager refresher

    Team leaders play a crucial role in organisations. It can also be a complex and challenging role, and this participative workshop will focus on the task of balancing the relationship between teams and management.

    The team leader role requires tact, problem solving and talent management, all delivered in a confident and efficient manner.

    This workshop takes a detailed look at what team leaders require in terms of skills, knowledge and personal abilities to be the best they can be. It also provides an opportunity to explore the ‘obstacles’ which could prevent team leaders performing to their full potential.

    By attending this course team leaders will:

    • Explore the value of role modelling positive workplace behaviours
    • Enhance their range of communication skills, and knowledge of how to use them
    • Focus on motivational and coaching style management techniques – getting the best from teams
    • Find out how to self-audit, to appreciate their strengths and develop themselves
    • Understand how to link objectives to performance.

    Course outline:

    Our one-day ‘intensive’ will equip your team leaders with practical tools and techniques they can put into practice immediately.

    • Soft skills and hard skills – learning the best of development and technical theory for team leading
    • Building team trust – tools and practical application
    • Understanding performance management approaches
    • Motivating and coaching methods and the value for a team leader.

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    • New team leaders
    • People aspiring to be a team leader
    • Experienced team leaders who need a boost.

    Our trainer 

    Jo Carr is a trainer, coach and development consultant with a 25 year career in leadership, management and staff development. Jo currently works with clients in the private and public sectors and has experience in social housing as both a senior leader and project manager. Jo’s specialism is behavioural change utilising a creative and adaptive approach. She uses her skills as an ILM coach and lifelong learning specialist to create and deliver stimulating and effective learning products.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "Very engaging session, time whizzed by" – Metropolitan Housing Trust
    • "Great trainer, loved her enthusiasm and presentation skills, very friendly and informative" – Camden London Borough
    • "The course was very good" – Bracknell Forest Borough Council

    This course will also be running on 18 March 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    18 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Event (Virtual)
    • VenueVirtual workshop
    • Start09 Dec 2020 10:30
    • End09 Dec 2020 13:30

    The robots are here! New technology for rent, income and tenancy sustainment teams

    Details

    The robots are here! New technology for rent, income and tenancy sustainment teams

    Virtual Workshop

    In the drive to maximise income, sustain tenancies and support residents, housing providers need to stay ahead of the game.

    To keep you at the cutting edge of income management and tenancy sustainment, this one-off virtual event will showcase some of the new technology currently available and how it is being used by housing providers.

    In the age of Covid-19, new ways of working have become essential. Digital transactions are on the rise but the need to build closer relationships with residents, especially those with a vulnerability,  has never been more important.

    Technology can help reduce the administrative burden on teams by helping to automate key processes, freeing up more resource and capacity  to focus on engaging with residents to help them manage their household finances and, ultimately, keep them in their homes.

    Not only that, but the ability to access real-time rent and tenant data at the press of a button on an easy-to-read dashboard is enabling teams to make more proactive decisions, rather than reacting when a problem arises.

    Whether you’re from a housing association or local authority, this event will provide you with practical tips, expert guidance and the tools, techniques and technology to modernise your income service.

    Speakers:

    • Mark Walker, Head of Income, Optivo
    • Sarah Seeger, Director of Tenancy Services, Curo
    • Mike Murphy, Head of Income & Leasehold Management, Jigsaw Homes Group
    • James Massey, Strategy Director, MRI Social
    • Steve Tigar, CEO, Money Dashboard
    • George Unsworth, Founder, Mortar Works
    • Credit G (speaker tbc).

    This workshop is ideal for anyone interested in rent collection, arrears management, tenancy sustainment, housing support, lettings and allocations, and generic housing management as well as business transformation and IT teams.

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    Delegate fees:
    Full price: £175.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £150.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts or free places at this event. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Registration will start 30 minutes before the first session.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End10 Dec 2020 13:00

    Collecting with care 2020 – Mental health, housing income and rent arrears

    Details

    Collecting with care 2020

    The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute estimates that one in three social housing tenants with rent arrears, experiences mental health problems.

    Some of these people will be your customers. How do you balance maximising income, with supporting vulnerable people? Collecting with Care will help you to strike that balance.

    The workshop will also consider the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on rent collection and working with vulnerable people.

    Programme

    What’s happening out there?

    • The scale and impact of mental health problems – on money, debt and housing income
    • An update on the latest research and policy developments.

    Policy into practice

    • An overview of the legislative framework and how this informs arrears management
    • Applying expert guidance in practice, including recommendations from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute.

    Best practice and solutions

    • Case studies and practical examples of housing providers’ positive practice
    • Opportunities to share knowledge and tips amongst delegates
    • Practical tips and take-aways.

    Timing

    10:00 to 13:00
    Break 11:20 to 11:40

    Additional information

    • Presentation materials and positive practice examples will be shared
    • A free, one-hour online follow-up session will be offered.

    Our trainer

    An independent project manager, consultant and trainer, Tony has over 40 years’ experience across a range of industries, in the private and public sectors.

    Tony’s work centres on helping social sector clients to maximise income and improve services to customers, especially to support the financial wellbeing and independence of vulnerable people.

    Tony studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Stirling and maintains an active interest in communication and behavioural science He incorporates the latest thinking on these subjects into his work.

    He has extensive experience in designing and delivering highly effective negotiation training workshops and development programmes, across a range of sectors and in a variety of contexts. These include specialist workshops focused on housing management.

    As an HQN associate, Tony designed HQN’s income management and financial inclusion toolkits and leads on the accreditation service for income management and tenancy sustainment.

    He has a track record of supporting clients to improve performance in challenging environments and has practical experience of managing complex projects that have delivered improved social and financial outcomes.

    Tony has written a number of papers and presented at many conferences on the subject of income maximisation, debt recovery and financial inclusion. He has a keen interest in the opportunities to improve quality and value for money through better integration of housing, social care and health services and more effective engagement with customers and communities.

    Tony is a member of numerous professional and representative organisations. These include the Chartered Institute of Housing, Chartered Institute of Credit Management, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, the Project Management Institute and the Financial Health Exchange, for whom Tony is a member of the Advisory Panel.

    Tony is a visiting lecturer at the University of Salford and is an associate of the University’s Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit.

    This course will also be running on 9 November 2020, 18 February 2021 and 19 March 2021.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End10 Dec 2020 16:00

    Excellence in procurement and contract management

    Details

    Excellence in procurement and contract management

    Achieve excellence through your contracts and achieve value for money. 

    These are economically challenging times. We’re all busy reducing costs so it’s easy to lose sight of quality. But getting this balance right is crucial – repairs and estate services are the most frequently complained about services. Poor procurement and contract management is often at the root – organisations struggle with managing contracts and contractors effectively. 

    Intermediate level course: 

    Designed to help staff improve and develop effective procurement and contract management skills. It covers the principles, the process, the detail and the practicalities, and applies them all to effective procurement and contract management. 

    It is applicable to reactive repairs, planned and investment works as well as estate services, grounds maintenance and caretaking – whether your services are delivered by in-house teams or external contractors. 

    You’ll hear about all the problems and common pitfalls and the solutions: 

    • Internal and external rules around procurement 
    • How to establish an effective contract management system 
    • Performance management and use of KPIs 
    • What to do when things do wrong 
    • Negotiating and achieving improvement from contractors 
    • Achieving value for money 
    • The role of residents in procurement and monitoring 
    • Practical sessions and workshops based on real scenarios 
    • Procurement and social value. 

    Who should attend? 

    Intermediate

    Everyone up to middle managers with responsibility for maintenance and estate services, including staff teams, team leaders and managers from housing management, maintenance, estate services, operations, procurement, service and policy monitoring, community development and anti-social behaviour. 

    Our trainer

    Kevin Bentley is an expert on procurement and contract management. Kevin will share his wealth of practical experience of the process as well as ways of improving performance and productivity, driving down costs and raising satisfaction. He will approach the subject from a practical operational perspective, and will also cover procurement, value for money and the role of residents.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Asset management
    The Asset Management Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End10 Dec 2020 15:30

    Social media for organisations

    Details

    Social media for organisations

    Learn how organisations can use social media to deliver services, engage with customers and employees, and use social media to enhance the effectiveness of what they do. 

    This course will… 

    Help you to utilise existing social media to get the best from it whilst managing any associated risks, and help you to get your leaders and others in the organisation embracing and using social media. It will also help you to develop an action plan for launching and improving social media use within your organisation. 

    Delegates will learn to… 

    • Understand social media and its potential uses for organisations 
    • Examine the risks associated with social media and plan how to overcome them 
    • Understand the impact of social media on organisational brand and plan how to improve this 
    • Use social media for customer engagement 
    • Use social media for both customer and employee engagement 
    • Design content for social media inside and outside the organisation. 

    Who should attend? 

    All

    • HR/OD/L&D professionals
    • Communications professionals
    • Customer-facing staff
    • Anyone with line management duties.

    Our trainer

    Gary Cookson has held several senior HR roles across various sectors, including 12 years in housing. He has delivered CIPD, ILM and CIH programmes for many years. He speaks regularly at conferences about leadership and HR, and is a social media expert.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End10 Dec 2020 12:30

    Universal Credit 2020: the essential guide to furlough, redundancy and self-isolation

    Details

    Universal Credit 2020: the essential guide to furlough, redundancy and self-isolation

    This course is the essential guide for frontline workers who need to know what is available to tenants (customers) during self-isolation, sickness, furlough and redundancy. It will help you to deal with customer queries and provide support through these uncertain times.

    Many more people are facing financial instability, uncertainty and hardship. There is confusion about entitlement. There are new rules and new forms of support. And there are fewer resources available to go to for independent welfare rights advice.

    You will learn:

    • What benefits to claim if tenants are unable to work due to isolation or sickness
    • The rules on claiming new self-isolation payments for workers on UC
    • What happens when furlough ends and you can’t work
    • The rules on claiming new job support scheme to replace furlough
    • What’s available for the self-employed
    • What benefit to claim if tenants are made redundant
    • How redundancy payments affect UC.

    This course has moved online but offers the same content as the face-to-face training by combining a mix of online learning, activities, quizzes and discussions via breakout rooms (in-house where possible). Delegates will be expected to have access to a screen as well as another internet enabled device (such as a smart phone) to participate fully in the quizzes.

    Our trainer

    Alison Markantonis is an experienced welfare benefits, financial capability and employment skills practitioner, who has worked successfully in the affordable housing and benefits sector for the last 27 years. She has worked with many housing and support organisations and brings her extensive experience to specialise in demystifying the benefits system, money management and employability skills training for both frontline staff and tenants. Her approach is participative and interactive, using case studies and her own experience to take the complex, and make it not only simple, but also applicable.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Event (Virtual)
    • VenueVirtual workshop
    • Start10 Dec 2020 10:30
    • End10 Dec 2020 13:00

    The housing law review of the year

    Details

    The housing law review of the year

    Virtual workshop

    Get up to speed with the latest changes to housing legislation, policy and case law with our popular housing law review.

    As we head towards the end of a year unlike any other, HQN is teaming up with leading social housing solicitors Birketts LLP to look back on the key housing events of 2020 and look ahead to what’s in store for 2021.

    Key topics will include:

    • Case law roundup – the six biggest housing cases of 2020
    • Tackling ASB – what tools in the legal toolbox have proven successful in 2020 and why?
    • A Disrepair/ Fitness for Human Habitation update – tips, traps and best practice
    • Brexit, the Human Rights Act and housing law – all change in 2021?

    Confrimed speakers:

    • Jonathan Hulley, Partner, Property, Birketts LLP
    • James Humphreys, Associate, Property Litigation, Birketts LLP
    • Ian Rattenbury, Legal Executive, Property Disputes Team, Birketts LLP
    • Sarah Fish, Birketts LLP.

    Sold out

    If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk.

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    Delegate fees:

    Housing Quality Network members: FREE 
    Members of any other HQN network: £150.00*
    Full price: £175.00*

    Free place will be taken from your membership allowance

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts or free places at this event. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    In association with:

    Birketts

    Programme: 

    Click here to download the programme

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.

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