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    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start18 Jan 2022 09:30
    • End18 Jan 2022 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

    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 17 March 2022.

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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

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start18 Jan 2022 10:00
    • End18 Jan 2022 16:00

    Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and housing disrepair

    Details

    This virtual training course covers everything you need to know about the new Act. It takes a practical look at what it means to social housing providers highlighting the key changes and their implications.

    Course content:  

    Topics covered include:

    • The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 in detail
    • Who and what the new statute covers, what is excluded and what it all means in practise
    • How to deal with problematic issues relating to the statute and other safety duties i.e. access, retrofitting
    • Tenants' obligations "using the property in a tenant-like manner"
    • Recent case law and its implications Defective Premises Act 1972, Environmental Protection Act 1990
    • The latest best practice
    • Common law requirements and the duty of care
    • s.11Landlord & Tenant Act 1985
    • The importance of 'statutory nuisance' and the tenants' obligations  – "using the property in a tenant-like manner"
    • The disrepair 'protocol'.

    Who should attend? 

    Everyone who needs to understand the law relating to repairs obligations and the fitness for human habitation act including technical repairs staff as well as repair takers/administrative support staff.

    Our trainer

    Richard Paris has an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 30 March 2022.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start18 Jan 2022 10:00
    • End18 Jan 2022 15:30

    Professional boundaries

    Details

    Are your staff able to operate within clear, professional boundaries? Do they understand the risks of ‘crossing’ those boundaries? Are they able to find the right balance between ‘compassion’ and maintaining a professional distance?

    If these questions have started you thinking, then this course is for you and your staff.

    If your organisation is to deliver a high quality, professional service, clear boundaries are essential. Professional boundaries outline an effective and appropriate interaction between housing professionals and their customers. The ‘boundaries’ exist to protect both parties. Staff must understand the nature and limits of their roles and be able to recognise ‘grey areas’, where they may be at ‘risk’ of crossing the line.

    Using helpful and relevant scenarios and best practice examples this course will enable staff to define the ‘limits’ of their roles and understand the need for, and benefits of, clear, professional boundaries.

    Course content

    • Codes of conduct and why we need them
    • The legal and regulatory requirements for a code of conduct and professional boundaries
    • The limits of clear professional boundaries
    • The customer/worker relationship in this context
    • How to recognise ‘grey areas’ where professional boundaries are at risk of being crossed, and the associated risks
    • Good practice that can be implemented in the workplace.

    Who should attend?

    All

    All housing staff and their managers.

    Our trainer

    Tahira Hussain has extensive experience working in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She had a 16-year career in social work, mental health, community development, charity and the housing sector.

    Tahira has a successful track record in consultancy, training and project management. As an experienced project manager Tahira has delivered a range of projects, these include equality and diversity, domestic abuse awareness and inclusion strategies. Tahira has worked across a range of customer groups, including young people foyers, care homes, sheltered schemes and refuges in a contractual and consultancy capacity delivering therapy support, engaging with service users and training staff.  Tahira delivers one to one and group coaching to young people and families to develop confidence, increase self-esteem, develop goals and manage wellbeing.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 20 April 2022.

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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

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Equality and Diversity
    The Equality and Diversity Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start18 Jan 2022 10:00
    • End18 Jan 2022 15:00

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

    Details

    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
    • Cost estimation, scheduling, monitoring and reporting
    • Risk and issue management – and what to do when things go wrong
    • Dealing with Project 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 is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency. 

    Ruth's main areas of focus are strategy development and project management – whether working with leaders to develop a feasible strategy and the most effective projects to implement it, setting up project governance and planning processes, training project leaders and teams or guiding them through a project – supporting businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change.

    This course will also be running on 10 March 2022.

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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

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start19 Jan 2022 13:30
    • End19 Jan 2022 16:30

    Developing your confidence – helping you to succeed

    Details

    Do you have an inner dialogue with yourself that sometimes holds you back?

    This virtual workshop enables you to explore situations where your confidence is challenged and to develop strategies to improve your approach.

    You will understand the psychology of how we get in our own way, and develop some practical tools that will allow you to change your responses.

    What you will learn

    • How to master your own imposter syndrome
    • Techniques to get your voice heard
    • How to make requests assertively and learn how to say no in a positive way
    • How to deliver feedback in a confident way
    • Strategies to develop your resilience
    • Language of influence and how to develop active listening
    • Ways to develop a powerful supportive network.

    Who is it for?

    Everyone who wants to improve their confidence in work.

    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 26 April 2022.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * 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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start20 Jan 2022 09:30
    • End20 Jan 2022 16:00

    Condensation, damp and mould – causes, cures and the courts

    Details

    This revised and updated condensation, damp and mould workshop builds on the enthusiastically received format previously delivered both in-house and at public training events across the length and breadth of the UK.

    Revisiting existing understanding, dispelling myths and questioning existing generic, outdated and inappropriate advice often given to interested parties in the light of recent improvements to housing stock, the course provides delegates with an effective understanding of the causes, symptoms and cures associated with condensation, damp and mould in the light of impacting legislation, etc.

    What will you learn?

    • An understanding of the causes, symptoms and cures associated with condensation, damp and mould
    • Requisite impacting legislation and the implications of failure
    • Rising damp – truth or myth?
    • The diverse range of detection tools available such as moisture, carbide and capacitance meters, borescopes, hygrometer sticks and humidity boxes, etc
    • Strategies for the effective removal/reduction of damp and mould problems
    • How to communicate sound knowledge-based principles to affected parties
    • How to protect parties’ interests and implement effective procedural guidance to combat failure.

    The training is lively, practical and interactive and, most importantly, in tune with the increasing demands being placed on housing organisations and their technical and housing officers in meeting the challenges presented by this resource-draining aspect of their work.

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    • Housing officers
    • Maintenance and technical officers
    • Property inspectors
    • Home visitors
    • Estate-based staff such as caretakers and neighbourhood officers
    • Customer-facing teams and their team leaders.

    Our trainer

    Wayne Anderson is an expert lecturer, national conference speaker, chartered surveyor, arbitrator and consultant. His training sessions are lively, colourful and interactive and are based on extensive experience gained over 25 years with best practice organisations involved in the housing repairs and maintenance sector. Wayne has a reputation for simplifying complex issues and encouraging frontline staff to develop a deeper understanding of maintenance issues that can be applied confidently on a day-to-day basis.

    This course will also be running on 23 March 2022.

     

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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

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network
    The Housing Management Network

    Residents Network
    The Residents' Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start20 Jan 2022 10:00
    • End20 Jan 2022 16:00

    How possession proceedings work in the county court

    Details

    Possession proceedings should be a last resort for landlords as the implications for tenants are severe – the possible loss of their home. Any action must be shown to be both reasonable and proportionate. Landlords, now more than ever, need to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest changes (including those introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic) and practises on possession proceedings to ensure they do not fall foul to the changes.

    This virtual, live training is interactive. Delegates will work on real life case studies providing an engaging and effective learning experience and will leave feeling more empowered and confident in their understanding of how possession proceedings work.

    This course is designed for especially for staff who take, are involved in or need to know about possession action and all the practical steps involved.

    The session will cover:

    • The relevant legal frame work
    • When possession can be sought
    • Compliance with the Ppe-action protocol for social housing landlords
    • Relevant grounds for seeking possession (mandatory and discretionary)
    • How to carry out justification/ proportionality risk assessments effectively
    • Drafting and serving notices
    • Issuing proceedings and the court process
    • Ensuring paperwork is in order for the ‘review hearings’
    • Attending a Court hearing remotely or in person
    • Typical defences raised against landlords
    • Applying for a warrant of possession
    • Case studies for rent arrear and nuisance possession cases
    • Relevant case law and Human Rights impact.

    What will delegates learn?

    • Understand why possession must be a last resort
    • Ensure all evidence is included in court documents (including impact of Covid-19 on the tenant and occupiers)
    • Understand the current challenges faced during the pandemic in seeking possession
    • Understand the impact of changes to the Civil procedure rules on possession proceedings
    • How to be prepared for defences and counter claims.

    Who should attend?

    Essential for staff who take, are involved in or need to know about possession action and all the practical steps involved. Suitable for new staff and as a refresher.

    Our trainer

    Aisha Akhtar qualified as a lawyer in 2009 having taken a keen interest in social housing. She has worked both in-house and in private practice. She joined Network Homes in October 2017 as their in-house social housing expert. She manages a team and deals with all housing management matters. 

    She has been a board member for a housing association previously in East London and is currently an Advisory Board member for Inspirited Minds (a mental health Charity).

    She has delivered training sessions throughout the country on various topics throughout her career. She regularly delivers both public and tailor made in-house training to various HAs and LAs.

    Aisha really enjoys delivering training and empowering people, she makes the sessions interactive so there is an exchange of ideas so delegates leave feeling confident in implementing positive change.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 10 March 2022.

    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start20 Jan 2022 10:00
    • End20 Jan 2022 16:00

    Universal Credit – what you need to know now

    Details

    This practical course provides you with the latest knowledge and resources to give your customers accurate and effective advice on UC.

    Now is the time to ensure all staff are up-to-date in their Universal Credit knowledge and confident to answer tenants’ questions.

    2020 was an upsetting and anxious time for many people during which they saw significant changes to their income and job losses. In 2021 we are likely to see many more tenants who have not claimed UC before, having to do so now, and struggling to understand the process.

    The training includes: 

    • The less than obvious similarities and differences between the old and new  housing costs 
    • Exploring all the Alternative Payment Arrangements (APA) options and knowing how to apply  
    • Taking an in-depth journey through the monthly assessment period and how changes of circumstance affect entitlement
    • How to maintain an online claim to prevent things going wrong 
    • Looking at the different conditionality groups to understand what claimants have to do in return for UC 
    • How sanctions and other deductions can affect your managed payment, who has priority and what the tenant can do to reduce them 
    • An update on the latest new rules put in place due to Covid.

    Who should attend?

    This course is essential for everyone who is new to UC, or has a very basic understanding, to improve their knowledge and skills.

    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.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 19 April 2022.

    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start26 Jan 2022 09:30
    • End26 Jan 2022 15:00

    Sustaining and managing a tenancy: mental health, mental capacity and hoarding

    Details

    Mental health and hoarding are often major contributory factors in people being unable to maintain tenancies. Early identification and support are vital, delivered by housing staff with an awareness of these ever more common, and often difficult to manage conditions. 

    Many people who suffer from mental illness or hoard have problems managing their tenancies. They may develop arrears, cause problems to neighbours or be at risk because of their own vulnerabilities. Properties may become unsafe or squalid; access can be difficult, whether for yearly gas checks or other routine inspections; tenants may refuse to maintain properties or allow improvements by the landlord. 

    This course is for all staff working with people whose mental health may impact on managing their tenancies, including hoarders. It will provide an overview of common mental health issues and will focus on tenancy sustainment/enforcement options relating to mental health and hoarding. It will link this to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and explain how mental capacity is vital in modern day tenancy sustainment/enforcement. 

    We will explore: 

    • Common mental health issues, including hoarding, and how these can impact on tenancy management 
    • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how capacity should be used when exploring either sustainment or enforcement options 
    • The importance of early identification of mental health or hoarding issues via appropriate assessment 
    • Practical ways to engage, develop a rapport with, and motivate tenants with mental health or hoarding issues 
    • The need for an effective risk management system and common risks when working with mental health and hoarding cases 
    • Using case studies, options for tenancy sustainment and enforcement 
    • Relevant legislation including the Care Act 2014. 

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    All staff working with tenants with mental health issues including hoarding, or who offer tenancy sustainment/support as part of their role. 

    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.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 6 April 2022.

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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

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Residents Network
    The Residents' Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start26 Jan 2022 10:00
    • End27 Jan 2022 13:00

    MIST 2022… Maximising Income, Sustaining Tenancies

    Details

    A practical masterclass to prepare your service for what lies ahead.

    We enter 2022 with housing providers facing an evolving set of challenges in an uncertain economic and societal climate.

    Covid-19 continues to impact on every household and presents an unprecedented risk to rental income streams. The response from housing providers has been impressive, particularly in terms of the support available to customers and communities. But the critical question is – how prepared is your service for what lies ahead?

    MIST 2022 examines proven ways in which housing providers can minimise debt risk, maximise collection, and sustain tenancies.

    Whether you’re looking for ideas to refresh a high-performing service or a complete revamp, this is the workshop for you.

    What will the workshop cover?

    Tony Newman will draw on his practical experience, and over fifteen years of close scrutiny, of income management services across the UK.

    The workshop will focus on how to shape a robust service that is flexible to adapt to a changing landscape:

    • What works and what doesn’t? And how do we measure this?
    • Lockdown Lessons – Who is performing well and how are they doing it?
    • What does the Social Housing White Paper mean for income management?
    • How to test the service and build a continuous improvement plan that delivers
    • Knowledge Lab –  An opportunity to network and share positive practice and tips
    • Beyond eviction – Why we need a reframe: Income management as part of homelessness reduction.

    Whether a registered provider, local authority or ALMO, delegates will leave with a wealth of practical ideas, tips and resources.

    What support do we get?

    A full resource pack will be provided after the workshop together with an optional one-hour follow-up session.

    Afterwards, Tony will continue to answer any questions arising from the sessions.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is suitable for everyone interested in managing tenancies, supporting households and sustaining housing income. The content will particularly benefit those in senior income management or team leader roles.

    The workshop can also be tailored for in-house delivery.

    Timings          

    This online workshop is delivered virtually over two half-day sessions.

    Each session runs from 10:00am to 13:00pm (break 11:20am to 11:40am).

    Our trainer

    Tony Newman is an independent project manager, consultant and trainer, Tony has over 40 years’ experience across a range of industries, in the private and public sectors, including extensive experience in social housing.

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

    Tony studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Stirling and maintains an interest in communication and behavioural science, which he incorporates into his work.

    Tony designed Housing Quality Network’s income management and financial inclusion toolkits and leads on HQN’s unique accreditation service for income management. He has conducted many improvement projects and inspections and has a track record of supporting clients to improve performance in challenging environments.

    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, the Housing Studies Association and the Financial Health Exchange.

    Since 2011, Tony has been a visiting lecturer and tutor at the University of Salford and is an associate of the University’s Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start27 Jan 2022 09:30
    • End27 Jan 2022 15:00

    Making scrutiny work – workshop for involved residents and resident involvement staff

    Details

    Resident scrutiny is all about tenants and leaseholders holding their landlords to account. An effective scrutiny exercise should report on well evidenced findings and identify recommendations which really make a difference – benefiting both residents and landlords.

    But it’s not as simple as it sounds. This workshop will build on best practice and give delegates ideas to take back.

    Delegates will learn

    • How to set up and organise a resident scrutiny panel
    • What support and resources it should receive
    • The objectives and purpose of scrutiny
    • About working as a team
    • How to choose what to scrutinise
    • Methods that can be used in a scrutiny
    • How to work with the landlord body
    • How to source good practice for the service being scrutinised
    • The principles of producing an effective report
    • How to ensure a rigorous and robust set of conclusions
    • How to develop recommendations from those conclusions
    • How to ensure the recommendations are implemented.

    Who should attend

    Residents (tenants and leaseholders) of housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs.  Staff who work with and support involved residents. This workshop is ideal for everyone new to scrutiny as well as those wanting to refresh their approach.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest is a well-established and sought-after consultant and trainer in housing. His expertise and experience extends across the housing sector, with specialisms in Governance and Resident Engagement. He is known for his highly professional, yet relaxed and approachable working style that lends itself in particular to learning and development assignments. This is combined with working comfortably at political and governance levels, through executive, management & operational staff and with involved residents and communities.

    After holding a number of senior management positions in housing, Michael has for the last 26 years been Director of Michael Guest Associates Ltd., providing consultancy and training to the sector. A key aspect of this work is as part of HQN programmes since its inception.

    Michael is a Chartered Housing Professional, Chartered Management Consultant and Chartered Manager.  A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing he is a:

    • Regular Chair of and Lead Assessor on its Direct Finals Professional Interview Panels
    • Registered CIH Mentor for Senior Housing Professionals
    • Member of the Housing Academy, including as a trainer and as an Housing and Property Management Apprentices' Associate.

    He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Royal Society for Public Health, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Consulting, was awarded an MSc. (with Merit) in Leadership and Management in 2017, an MSc. (with Distinction) in Housing Studies in 2020 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Governance (with Distinction) in 2020.

    Outside of housing, Michael is a Chair of School Governors, Chair of the Board of a Learning Partnership company of schools and Company Secretary of a Leaseholders' Company.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start27 Jan 2022 09:30
    • End27 Jan 2022 16:00

    Property and site inspection for non-technical staff

    Details

    Non-technical staff are increasingly being asked to undertake inspections of void and tenanted properties. This course will provide guidance on how to do them effectively, with a focus on the customer perspective.

    Delegates will also learn how to conduct estate/area walkabout inspections in a knowledgeable and effective manner, with an emphasis on issues such as protecting the housing stock, identifying areas for future investment, health and safety, and compliance with legislative requirements.

    What the course covers:

    The morning session covers void management and is designed to help non-technical staff better understand and carry out pre- and post-inspections of both void and tenanted properties.

    The afternoon session uses a wide range of learning techniques to help non-technical staff understand how to correctly identify and diagnose issues and potential problems when carrying out estate/area inspections.

    Delegates will learn how to:

    • Prepare for a property inspection
    • Identify health and safety risks/issues
    • Effectively document findings using standardised forms
    • Diagnose defects, problems and potential problems
    • Work with service users to drive up void standards
    • Develop and apply re-let standards
    • Monitor effectively
    • Tackle an estate/area walk-about inspection
    • Recognise minor and potentially serious problems.

    Who should attend?

    All non-technical staff who have a responsibility to manage and inspect estates, areas and properties, and everyone who wishes to improve their understanding of void and estate 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.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 16 March 2022.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start28 Jan 2022 09:30
    • End28 Jan 2022 15:30

    Introduction to leases and recovery of service charges

    Details

    Leasehold management can be complex and brings challenges that are not often encountered in more mainstream social housing provision. Delegates will learn the skills needed when dealing with a wide range of leasehold properties and understanding the challenges that they bring. 

    This course will cover: 

    • Core terms in a lease 
    • Variable service charges statutory control 
    • The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 
    • Service charge enforcement options 
    • Section 20 consultation 
    • The role of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). 

    What will you learn? 

    • Governing legislation and regulation 
    • Dealing with service charge challenges 
    • Service charge recovery methods 
    • Effectively managing leasehold services 
    • Importance of lease terms 
    • The impact of recent case law. 

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    All staff who are involved in dealing with

    • Leasehold schemes
    • Policy and procedure and recovering service charges
    • Housing officers, housing managers, leasehold managers, heads of housing, and property services. 

    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.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 29 March 2022.

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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

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start28 Jan 2022 10:00
    • End28 Jan 2022 16:00

    Tenancy management – the essential guide for housing officers

    Details

    Are you new to the field of housing and wondering what your job will involve? Have you been a housing officer for a while and would like to know that you are dealing with tenancy management issues effectively? If so, then this is the course for you! 

    Housing officers have a challenging role, dealing with different issues every day. This course is your survival manual for making sure you are confident that you are supporting your tenants when you should and using enforcement when it is necessary.

    What will delegates learn?

    • How to effectively deal with tenancy management issues
    • Practical skills to support tenants who need help in managing their tenancy
    • Techniques to investigate tenancy issues
    • Confidence that when enforcement is necessary, you will have done all you can.

    This course will cover:

    • Real issues faced by housing officers
    • Provide real solutions to help you carry out your job
    • Untidy gardens
    • Abandoned vehicles
    • How to tackle no access cases
    • Succession
    • Assignments
    • Changes to the tenancy agreement – joint to sole and sole to joint
    • How to deal with abandonment
    • When to support and when to enforce
    • Practical advice
    • Case studies to practice real scenarios.

    Who should attend?

    Housing officers who are new to the role in either a housing association or council and those who want more confidence tackling tenancy management issues in a social housing context.

    Our trainer

    Richard Paris has an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

    January sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #JAN50 when booking.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start01 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End01 Feb 2022 13:00

    If not now, when? – Procrastination and other time-wasters

    Details

    WARNING: MAY INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

    This practical workshop is crammed full of effective ways to conquer your procrastination and eliminate your other time-wasters.

    Recent studies have revealed that, on average, office workers are interrupted every 11 minutes, and it takes about 25 minutes to get back on track.

    This workshop helps you identify your personal time wasters, squash them and boost your productivity!

    For use both in and out of the work environment

    The session covers:

    • Why you procrastinate and how to remove the roadblocks
    • Assess your procrastination habit
    • Yes, there’s such a thing as ‘Active’ procrastination
    • Discover immediately implementable ways to conquer your procrastination.

    Who should attend?             

    This session is aimed at anyone who has developed the habit of avoiding the task in question, but also knows that doing so negatively impacts their life. And yet, does it anyway. Ideal for all levels and all situations.

    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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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * 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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start02 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End02 Feb 2022 13:30

    Getting your Equality Impact Assessment right

    Details

    Getting your Equality Impact Assessments right has never been more important. Gain the knowledge and get the support you need at this virtual workshop.

    Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) are an important tool in assessing policies, projects and decisions, to ensure that they are accessible to all people, such as employees or tenants and customers.

    They are thus a vital aid to improving equality, diversity and inclusion practice for housing organisations.

    This course is designed to give you a practical walkthrough on how to carry out an EqIAS. It is intended that delegates will go away with the knowledge and confidence to start carrying out EqIAs in their organisation.

    You will learn:

    • The background and legal basis to Equality Impact Assessments
    • When to carry out EqIAs, who to involve and what to assess
    • How to work through all the stages of carrying out an Equality Impact Assessment
    • Screening
    • Planning what information you need 
    • Collecting information
    • Analysing the information and assessing the policy’s impact
    • Making a decision about how to move forward
    • Drawing up an action plan
    • Top tips.

    Who should attend:

    This is essential for anyone leading or involved in undertaking an equality impact assessment:

    • Managers and directors from all departments
    • Human resources
    • Equality, diversity and inclusion
    • Business management
    • Chief executives 
    • Operations
    • Policy
    • Rent income and arrears
    • Resident involvement and scrutiny
    • Training.

    Testimonials:

    "It was really good, a great mix of smaller group working and listening to the presenter. Great examples too."

    "It was really informative and Colin is such a knowledgeable trainer."

    "I really enjoyed the structure of the course and the breakout sessions mixing it up and getting to meet others and hear their opinions, views, ideas etc."

    Our trainer

    Colin Heyman has worked in the field of both Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and Leadership, for over 25 years, and is the Lead Facilitator for HQN’s EDI network. He's worked with a lot of different organisations, for example Housing Associations, Local Authorities, arts organisations, Universities, the third sector, and small private companies.

    Although not a housing expert, Colin has worked with a lot of different associations over the years so has an understanding of the sector. His wide EDI expertise and external perspective can help you to move forward in your EDI practice.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * 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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start02 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End02 Feb 2022 16:00

    Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

    Details

    This is a highly interactive, one-day course for all non-technical staff who would like to improve their knowledge and raise their confidence when dealing with contractors, technical staff and customers regarding construction and maintenance issues. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • How basic construction works 

    • How to diagnose basic construction problems 

    • How to recognise potential maintenance problems 

    • How to recognise issues relating to health and safety in construction 

    • How to communicate more effectively regarding technical issues 

    • How to handle repair requests more efficiently 

    • How to discuss technical issues more effectively and gain confidence 

    • How to speak knowledgeably regarding construction and maintenance 

    • How to get it right first time, saving money and resources. 

    This course will cover: 

    The training is delivered through a series of interactive sessions and covers all major trades: 

    • Joinery/carpentry 

    • Electrical 

    • Plumbing 

    • Brickwork 

    • Roofs 

    • Environmental works. 

    Specific to each trade, delegates will be able to: 

    • Ask the right questions to make a valid assessment regarding construction/maintenance issues 

    • Identify the various types of repairs applicable to each trade 

    • Diagnose potential problems on estate visits with greater accuracy 

    • Give the right advice 

    • Identify and assess the potential risks regarding health and safety 

    • Understand the basics, including materials and techniques used 

    • Speak with knowledge and confidence. 

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    • Contact centre operatives 

    • Housing management staff and caretakers 

    • Staff who undertake estate visits 

    • Sheltered housing staff 

    • Repairs centre managers 

    • Customer inspectors 

    • Everyone from a non-technical background who wishes to increase their knowledge of construction. 

    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.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "One of the best courses I have ever attended" – Warwick District Council

    • "Excellent course. Would highly recommend. Trainer excellent" – Aster Group

    • "Great trainer - very fun and interactive. Great at explaining things" – L&H Homes

    • "Really great course. Exactly what I wanted" – Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association 

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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 *

    Book now

    * 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:

    The Housing Management Network
    The Housing Management Network

    The Health and Safety Network
    The Health and Safety Network

    The Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start03 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End03 Feb 2022 15:00

    Making your leasehold service work for you

    Details

    Does your organisation manage leasehold properties? If so, are you doing enough to ensure you recover the costs of delivering your leasehold service and maximising your income?

    With an increased government emphasis on home ownership including shared ownership, starter homes and the implementation of the voluntary Right to Buy for housing associations, we’ll see an increase in leasehold properties in the coming years. It’s more important than ever that organisations get their leasehold service right. This training will help you with practical help and advice that you can take back to your workplace.

    What will participants learn?

    • What you need to have in place to ensure you recover the cost of the services you provide
    • What fees you can charge for delivering your leasehold service
    • How to recover service charges from your leaseholders
    • What relationships you need to build to ensure you provide an effective and efficient leasehold service.

    Who should attend?

    All staff who are involved in dealing with leasehold schemes including frontline leasehold management staff, team leaders and managers.

    Our trainer

    Helen Muir has extensive experience in the housing sector having worked in senior roles for two large housing groups, where her responsibilities included sales programme delivery and the management of over 5,000 shared ownership/leasehold homes, as well as leading on anti money laundering process and procedure.

    Helen has worked as a trainer and consultant since 2012 specialising in affordable home ownership, leasehold management, Right to Buy and anti money laundering. She has provided interim management and strategic and operational support to a number of registered providers, local authorities and private sector companies and is HQN’s lead on anti money laundering.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End08 Feb 2022 14:00

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Details

    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.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * 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:

    The Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End08 Feb 2022 15:00

    Writing better reports

    Details

    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.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End10 Feb 2022 12:30

    Plan, prioritise, adapt

    Details

    Bring focus to your workload. 

    We are all working in new ways and dealing with unpredictable situations. This makes managing our everyday work even more challenging. As soon as we have started a task, things change. Everyone is too busy to plan – which results in ad-hoc demands and workload spiralling out of control.

    This virtual interactive session gives you space to explore where things can go wrong, gives practical information and offers techniques and best practice to help you manage your every day work. This will help bring focus so you can plan, prioritise and adapt to make your day less overwhelming and more productive.

    What the session will cover:

    • Six domains of resilience
    • Understanding and accepting uncertainty
    • Working out what is essential – defining priorities
    • Outlining the scope of your work
    • Producing a realistic plan
    • Linking tasks to resource – tips and tools
    • Contingency planning – and keeping a focus on core priorities when things change
    • Managing competing demands
    • Learning to say no – leaving space for innovation.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone who wants to improve the way they plan and prioritise work. Everyone who feels that the constant demands on their time are unmanageable.

    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 is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency. 

    Ruth's main areas of focus are strategy development and project management – whether working with leaders to develop a feasible strategy and the most effective projects to implement it, setting up project governance and planning processes, training project leaders and teams or guiding them through a project – supporting businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT.

                                        

    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End10 Feb 2022 13:00

    Financially vulnerable

    Details

    This practical workshop is designed to guide staff to be able to help tenants build their resilience, wellbeing and confidence in managing their money so crises are less likely to happen.

    It focuses on a preventative, strengths-based approach and incorporates CBT and Motivational Interviewing techniques to help tenants gain new perspectives on their spending and understand their influences and values – and as a result identify where they can make changes. Staff can help tenants build the skills needed to understand they have choice, control and feel empowered to make better financial decisions moving forward.

    What the session covers:

    • Helping tenants understand their money patterns and influences
    • Goal setting
    • Separating needs, obligations and wants
    • Draw up a spending plan (budget)
    • How to make paying bills easier
    • Dealing with money worries.

    Who should attend?

    This session will benefit all staff who communicate with tenants about their money management.

    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.

    This course will also be running on 13 March 2022.

     

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * 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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End10 Feb 2022 16:00

    How to effectively tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB)

    Details

    Tackling ASB is a priority for landlords – now during the Covid pandemic more than ever. This session will give participants a solid foundation in how to handle complaints of ASB with a strong emphasis on robust investigation and case management principles to manage both risk and expectations.

    Delegates will work on real life case studies to provide a more engaging and effective learning experience and will leave feeling more empowered and confident in their knowledge of both legal and non-legal remedies to tackle ASB. Prevention and early intervention are key.

    The sessions will cover:

    • What is anti-social behaviour and what is not
    • The need for a strategy to tackle ASB
    • How to deal with an ASB complaint/file management - 6 stages
    • How to work with witnesses (during covid)
    • Preventing ASB; early intervention
    • Use of non-legal remedies based on case studies
    • Why use a multi-agency approach
    • Evidence gathering for ASB cases – how to think outside the box
    • What is noise nuisance and how to tackle this growing problem
    • How to use the risk matrix to assess a complaint
    • Understanding the legal remedies available including; injunctions, possession proceedings, closure orders, CPNs/CPWs with case studies
    • Cuckooing and county lines
    • The importance of safeguarding  and vulnerable tenants in ASB (discuss Pilkington case).

    What will delegates learn?

    Delegates will:

    • Be able to define what ASB is and what their responsibilities are in tackling it
    • Understand why effective case management is so important
    • Understand the roles of other agencies in tackling ASB (including police and local authorities)
    • Gain a sound knowledge of the various legal and non-legal powers available
    • Learn how to gather evidence during the pandemic.

    Who should attend?

    This is essential for everyone involved in tackling anti-social behaviour. It is suitable for managers to enable them to better understand the time, effort, resources and risk management required; and the responsibilities of the wider organisation in tackling anti-social behaviour. Ideal for new starters and as a refresher.

    Our trainer

    Aisha Akhtar qualified as a lawyer in 2009 having taken a keen interest in social housing. She has worked both in-house and in private practice. She joined Network Homes in October 2017 as their in-house social housing expert. She manages a team and deals with all housing management matters. 

    She has been a board member for a housing association previously in East London and is currently an Advisory Board member for Inspirited Minds (a mental health Charity).

    She has delivered training sessions throughout the country on various topics throughout her career. She regularly delivers both public and tailor made in-house training to various HAs and LAs.

    Aisha really enjoys delivering training and empowering people, she makes the sessions interactive so there is an exchange of ideas so delegates leave feeling confident in implementing positive change.

    This course will also be running on 5 April 2022.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start11 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End11 Feb 2022 13:00

    Off to a flyer 2022 – Launching and sustaining successful tenancies

    Details

    Your first contact with prospective tenants is the opportunity to establish the relationship and get the tenancy starting on the right foot.

    Yet too many miss this opportunity and accounts fall into arrears during the early stages.

    • Are you trading off short void turnaround times against rent arrears amongst new tenancies?
    • Are you loading too much information into the sign-up?
    • Are you missing key information that will help you to help your tenants to make the most of their new home?

    And during these uncertain, challenging times – are you and your prospective tenants prepared for any future changes that might affect the tenancy?

    What will we learn?

    This practical session takes a fresh look at your pre-tenancy work and helps you put positive measures in place to boost rent collection, minimise arrears and help your tenants by:

    • Identifying potential tenants' risk and support needs
    • Helping tenants to be ready to move in
    • Minimising early tenancy rent loss and arrears
    • Gathering and using household profiling data to enable targeted action
    • Establishing a payment culture amongst new tenants.

    The webinar includes case studies about housing providers who are doing innovative pre tenancy work and a knowledge-sharing workshop.

    Delegates will leave with a host of ideas and practical tips as well as a full resource pack to aid continuous learning afterwards.

    Tony also offers an optional one-hour follow-up session which is available to every delegate to further support learning.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone involved in tenancy/housing management, rent collection, arrears management, tenancy sustainment, housing-related support, lettings and allocations.

    Timings

    The webinar is delivered via Zoom and timings are as follows:
    10:00 to 13:00
    Break: 11:20 to 11:40

    Our trainer

    Tony Newman is 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 optimise 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 training workshops and development programmes, across a range of sectors and in a variety of contexts. These include specialist workshops focused on housing management.

    Tony designed HQN’s income management and financial inclusion toolkits and developed the accreditation service for income management and tenancy sustainment. He carries out regular “hands-on” housing management service reviews and health checks.

    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 housing conferences. 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 an associate 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 28 April 2022.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * 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
    • Start14 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End14 Feb 2022 12:00

    RIDDOR 2013 (including Covid-19 reporting)

    Details

    This interactive and informative virtual workshop provides an overview of the key requirements of RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

    It covers:

    1. Who should report?
    2. What must be reported? Including specific examples of reporting for gas and asbestos
    3. How to report?
    4. Timescales for reporting?
    5. What records need to be kept?

    There’s plenty of opportunity for interactive discussions to answer your questions throughout the session.

    Who should attend?

    This is essential for anyone needing to understand the key requirements of RIDDOR (including reporting of Covid-19).

    Our trainer

    Vicki Cutler is our Lead Associate for SAFETYnet, having worked with HQN to get the network up and running back in 2009. 

    She has worked in the housing sector for over 16 years including as a practitioner; as a health & safety consultant, she has worked with many social housing landlords providing statutory compliance audits covering gas, asbestos fire, legionella and other areas and provides ongoing health and safety advice and support to clients. She is also a voluntary Management Committee Member for a housing association in Dundee, close to where she now lives. 

    Vicki is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, Member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and is also a Chartered Manager. She holds voluntary committee member roles for IOSH on both the Consultancy Group, where she has served for over five years and the Fire Risk Management Group to which she has just been appointed.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members: £125.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start15 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End15 Feb 2022 16:00

    Asset management masterclass

    Details

    Asset management is coming under closer and more detailed scrutiny by the regulator. The regulator’s feedback on Value for Money self-assessments has been in many cases critical of providers’ knowledge, management and forward planning in relation to their dwelling stock. 

    Effective asset management is critical to both local authorities and housing associations, and one of the key ways you can demonstrate you are managing your stock effectively is by having an up-to-date, fully developed asset management strategy in place. We’ll show you how to prepare or update your strategy. 

    What the course will cover: 

    Our masterclass will deal with the practical problems you face. We’ll look at the current key issues in the sector including high profile compliance issues. We will give practical guidance for drafting or updating an asset management strategy, including: 

    • Key elements and good practice in an asset management strategy 
    • Common mistakes and missing elements in the strategy 
    • Linkages to 30 year or HRA business plans 
    • An overview of best practice and current typical operating costs:
      • What does good value for money look like in repairs and asset management? 
      • How do your costs compare? 
    • Use of your stock condition database, stock sustainability and modelling 
    • Find out the regulator’s views about active asset management and how others are tackling this 
    • Rate of return on your assets – how can you carry out an assessment; what models and tools are available? 
    • What does the regulator mean by adopting a ‘granular approach’? 
    • Future challenges – our assessment of the big and emerging issues over the next three to five years. 

    Who should attend? 

    Everyone working operationally or strategically in asset management, property services and housing strategy, and those responsible for managing stock condition databases and investment resource planning. 

    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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    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.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start15 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End15 Feb 2022 15:00

    Team leader and manager refresher

    Details

    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
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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

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start16 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End16 Feb 2022 15:00

    Working effectively with hoarders

    Details

    Hoarding is a very complex condition and can have a massive impact on the tenant, the property, the landlord as well as neighbours. Sometimes it’s a mental illness, sometimes a type of neglect. It can be caused by various other complex factors. Understanding hoarding and the tools available is a must. 

    Hoarding is not against the law but the damage it can cause often breaches tenancy agreements, Public Health legislation and could even be a safeguarding issue. Hoarders need to be identified as quickly as possible and support offered – or in extreme cases enforcement action taken. There are many types of support – de-cluttering and therapy, behavioural contracts, SMART monitoring. Hoarders must be properly assessed using appropriate and accredited tools.

    This course will explore all the recognised options that are available to staff working with hoarders as well as help organisations to create policy procedures and protocols. It will look at the role of housing professionals as well as how health or social care specialists can assist.

    You will learn:

    • About hoarding disorder and its possible causes
    • About OCD, including causes, prevalence, symptoms and links to hoarding
    • And be given the tools to help identify and work with hoarders
    • To understand and be able to categorise different types of hoarders using a validated screening tool
    • To understand how to work effectively and creatively with hoarders using proven methods and recognised techniques
    • About enforcement techniques for hoarders
    • About different support and specialist treatment options for hoarders.

    Who should attend?

    All

    All housing, care and support staff as well as repairs and frontline staff who have direct contact with customers will benefit from this course as hoarding is so prevalent and has such an impact on customers and services alike.

    Our trainer

    Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with 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 is a qualified CBT therapist and Life Coach. 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 27 April 2022.

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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

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network
    The Housing Management Network

    Residents Network
    The Residents' Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start16 Feb 2022 10:00
    • End16 Feb 2022 16:00

    Tenancies and licences

    Details

    In English law, there are some 15 different kinds of tenancy, all with different names, all with different rights and responsibilities and, since the Localism Act 2011, there are minimum two-year fixed-term flexible and affordable rent tenancies. Many people only have a licence (personal permission) to occupy. Confusion reigns and mistakes are all too common when creating, managing and terminating these occupation agreements.

    This training will provide a clear understanding of the different kinds of tenancy/licence and how to minimise errors.

    You will learn:

    • What a ‘licence’ is and who should really have a tenancy
    • Who should get what kind of agreement when first occupying
    • The need for accurate and clear written and verbal agreements with occupiers
    • About fixed-term/flexible and affordable rent tenancies
    • About introductory/starter/assured shorthold/demoted tenancies; how and why reviews are essential
    • How such tenancies default or convert into lifetime secure or assured tenancies
    • The different rights and responsibilities that attach to different kinds of tenancy
    • About common tenancy management issues – assignment, succession, abandonment
    • How to properly end different kinds of tenancy or licence.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone involved in creating, managing or ending different kinds of tenancy or licence, including lettings, sign-up staff, tenancy management and enforcement, arrears staff, supported housing teams and tenancy sustainment staff.

    Our trainer

    Richard Paris has an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

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    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:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start17 Feb 2022 09:30
    • End17 Feb 2022 16:00

    Repairs diagnostic questioning – a masterclass for non-technical housing officers

    Details

    An essential course for all front line repairs handlers and organisations striving for excellence in repairs reporting. This session will consider the effective handling of repair requests across the top 50+ most recognised and commonly reported housing repairs.

    The course has been specifically designed to develop and enhance skills as well as technical knowledge. Staff will get to know the right questions to ask and what to note down when ordering or chasing repairs. It's key to getting repairs 'right first time'.

    Delegates will learn about: 

    • The important role front line officers play in the repairs process
    • The ‘right first time’ culture and what’s involved
    • Effective questioning and diagnosis of the 50 most commonly reported repairs across the various trades
    • Building terminology
    • How to give timely and effective advice in order to protect the interests of the landlord eg emergencies, recharges, discretionary repairs
    • The importance of information and accurate record keeping.

    Scenarios will be based around frequently occurring repairs such as… ‘I have no hot or cold water, my boiler’s not working, my toilet will not flush… keeps running, my shower won’t work, my basin is blocked, I’ve got a leak, my bedroom’s full of damp, I’ve got mould on my walls, I’ve got no electric, my lights have gone off, my fan is faulty, my door’s jammed, my glass is damaged… my fence is down again…'

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    A must for all staff from a non-technical background involved in housing repair requests:

    • Customer contact centre staff
    • Housing officers
    • Clerical/administrative staff
    • Performance and quality officers
    • Estate and neighbourhood staff
    • Support and sheltered housing staff
    • Tenant liaison officers
    • Contractor/DLO planners and admin staff.

    Our trainer

    Wayne Anderson is an expert lecturer, national conference speaker, chartered surveyor, arbitrator and consultant. His training sessions are lively, colourful and interactive and are based on extensive experience gained over 25 years with best practice organisations involved in the housing repairs and maintenance sector. Wayne has a reputation for simplifying complex issues and encouraging frontline staff to develop a deeper understanding of maintenance issues that can be applied confidently on a day-to-day basis.

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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

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network
    The Housing Management Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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

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