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    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start29 Jul 2021 09:30
    • End26 Aug 2021 11:00

    Fire safety toolbox

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    Fire safety toolbox

    The fire safety toolbox is a series of useful sessions that look at different elements of fire safety. 

    The courses in this series are listed below. 

    Fire safety awareness – 29 July 2021 – postponed
    This session will provide you with an appropriate understanding of the common fire safety hazards that you are likely to come across when you’re out and about, which will then equip you with the knowledge to spot potential hazards and the proportionate approach to rectify them.

    Fire doors – 5 August 2021
    This session will provide you with an introduction to fire doors and their critical purpose in buildings. In addition, you will learn about the components that ‘make up’ a fire door and understand how to recognise common issues together with how they directly affect their integrity.

    Fire stopping and compartmentation – 12 August 2021
    This session will provide you an overview of compartmentation and why it is critical in certain parts of a building. You will also understand the importance of fire stopping together with identifying  breaches in compartmentation through poor workmanship and why ‘pink foam’ has no real place in passive safety.

    Fire safety equipment – 19 August 2021
    This session will take you through the various elements of fire safety equipment, both passive and active systems, and how they interact with each other. You will understand the legal requirement for maintenance identified within the relevant British Standards; includes fire alarms, emergency lighting, AOVs, dry risers, lightning conductors and more.

    Fire safety on construction sites – 26 August 2021
    This session will run through the key points of what you should be doing, as an organisation, in respect to the fire safety management on sites where timber framed buildings are being constructed; we will also consider any additional measures during close-down of sites at this time of coronavirus.

    If you are interested in booking an individual session, or all five sessions, please email training@hqnetwork.co.uk.

    This series will also be running in November and December, please click here for details. If you would like to combine all five sessions across both series please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk.

     

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Our trainer

    Tony Bolder has over 27 years’ experience (operational and safety roles) within the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and over 30 in the fire sector. As a previous operational support manager for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Tony was instrumental in developing operational readiness for over 300 firefighters including high rise incidents, chemical spills and road traffic collisions.

    On leaving the fire service, Tony set up his own Fire Risk Management consultancy and, taking the same professional attitude into the private sector, he is now one of only around 60 UKAS third-party accredited life safety fire risk assessors listed on the FRACS register (and also the NAFRAR list) and one of only a handful of professionals who are also third-party accredited fire door inspectors, through both FDIS and NAFDI.

    FDIS Certificated Inspectors are uniquely qualified to undertake fire door inspections, not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors, but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors. In addition, NAFDI Members ensure that all fire door inspections are carried out in accordance with all statutory requirements and hold industry recognised.

    Tony is passionate about education, providing courses accredited by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and is a national speaker on fire safety for a number of networks, a contributor to the BBC, Sky News and CNN International and he is often heard providing professional comments on LBC radio.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Per session:**
    Non-members: £125.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £100.00 *

    Attend all five sessions:
    Non-members: £525.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £400.00 *

    * 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.

    **To book onto individual sessions please follow the links in the text on the left and complete the booking form on its page.

                                        

    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:

    Health and Safety Network
    The Health and Safety 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
    • Start05 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End05 Aug 2021 15:00

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

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    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Selling fast

    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.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 6 October and 6 December 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    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
    • Start10 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End10 Aug 2021 15:00

    Introduction to social housing

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    Introduction to social housing

    This course aims to give housing staff, board members and involved residents a working knowledge of the context in which they operate and how we have arrived there. It will give delegates insight into the development of social housing as a sector and profession, and highlight current key operational concerns and external influences on service delivery.

    Key elements of the training include:

    • Locating social housing: understanding tenure
    • Who provides social housing? Who is it for?
    • Changing demographics and new challenges for the sector
    • What is social housing and how did it develop? The Victorian philanthropists and early state intervention
    • From the welfare state to a business focus: the reconfiguration of tenants as customers
    • Housing management under the spotlight: delivering core services in context – key functions, key concerns
    • Understanding service delivery: generic versus specialist working arrangements
    • Social housing: professional concerns
    • Who funds social housing and how are we accountable?

    Who should attend?

    All

    • All staff
    • Board members
    • Involved residents
    • Any position new to the housing sector
    • Anyone wishing to update their knowledge in the rapidly changing housing world
    • In the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

    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 and 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.

    Delegate Feedback: 

    “I particularly appreciated the broad range of backgrounds of the participants and the experience of the trainer. I was able to ask some questions and benefit from the experience and knowledge of others”

    This course will also be running on 20 September, 20 October and 16 December 2021.

    Sold out

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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
    • Start11 Aug 2021 09:00
    • End11 Aug 2021 13:00

    First steps into management – sink or swim!

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    First steps into management – sink or swim!

    Selling fast

    The most difficult time for a manager is often within the first six months of being promoted into a management position. Taking that first step into management can be incredibly daunting – particularly when you’ve been promoted from within your own team.

    The Harvard Business Review article ‘Becoming the Boss’ describes the struggles that new managers face as representing the norm, not the exception.

    This practical and participative workshop explores those struggles and challenges and helps you to focus on the key criteria necessary for making a confident transition into management.

    You will learn:

    • To be able to choose and use a style of management that suits both the individual and the situation
    • To confidently manage people who were previously a peer group
    • To understand the manager’s role in the development of the team
    • To acknowledge and avoid the pitfalls of dysfunctional teams
    • To enable individuals to achieve their potential by recognising their motivators
    • To delegate effectively and give meaningful feedback.

    What the course will cover:

    Choosing your leadership style:

    • Roles and responsibilities of team leaders and managers
    • The six styles – which works for you?
    • Managing in the 21st century – exploding the myths
    • The challenges of moving from team member to team leader.

    Creating high performing teams:

    • Moving from pseudo team to real team
    • Characteristics of high-performing teams – self-assessment activity
    • Identifying and overcoming the dysfunctions of teams.

    Getting the best out of individuals:

    • What fires them up? The eight desires of motivation
    • Challenging the under-performers
    • The art of delegation
    • Giving praise and developmental feedback.

    Review and action planning:

    • What’s going to be different tomorrow?

    Who should attend?

    This course is ideal for newly-appointed or soon-to-be-appointed team leaders and managers.

    Our trainer

    Sue Waterall is a training specialist with over 15 years’ experience of training design and delivery in both the public and private sector. She is passionate about personal development and behavioural change, and uses her energy and facilitation skills to create a positive, stimulating learning environment. Sue is a certified practitioner of NLP, is accredited in the use of a range of emotional intelligence inventories and holds the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice.

    This course will also be running on 29 September and 10 November 2021.

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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
    • Start12 Aug 2021 10:00
    • End12 Aug 2021 16:00

    How possession proceedings work in the county court

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    How possession proceedings work in the county court

    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.

    Sold out

    This course will also be running on 24 September and 4 November 2021.

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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
    • Start17 Aug 2021 10:00
    • End17 Aug 2021 13:00

    The new Debt Respite Scheme for housing providers

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    The new Debt Respite Scheme for housing providers

    Are you prepared for the introduction of the new Debt Respite Scheme that came into effect on 4 May 2021 and what this game changing development means for your arrears collection?

    This has been introduced to help protect debtors and is about getting people debt advice earlier.

    It is not a payment holiday or a ‘free ride’ for tenants. But it will mean that you have to follow instructions from the Insolvency Service around halting collection action for at least 60 days – and it could be much, much longer if a tenant is receiving treatment for mental ill-health.

    This course looks at both parts of the scheme:

    • Breathing Space which came into effect on 4 May
    • Statutory Debt Repayment Plan, which is due to come in later this year (tbc).

    It covers information about registering with Insolvency Service, your responsibilities and the debtors’ responsibilities, when protection will start and end, how you will be notified, what to think about and opportunities.

    We’ll also cover the “knowns and unknowns” about the Statutory Debt Repayment Plans, the introduction of which is likely to change the way debt is enforced forever.

    You will learn:

    • What you need to do now
    • Moratorium application process, duration and review
    • Moratorium for people who are undergoing mental health treatment
    • What debts qualify and what debts are excluded (inc joint debts)
    • When you can, and can’t, serve a notice or take legal action,(or even talk to the tenant about their arrears)
    • The effect on existing legal proceedings
    • The effect on APAs and rent/housing costs deductions in UC
    • Your responsibilities
    • Debtors’ responsibilities
    • Engaging with debt advice providers
    • What happens if you don’t comply
    • Challenging Moratoriums
    • Statutory Debt Repayment Plan (SDRP).

    Who should attend?

    Essential for everyone involved in the recovery of debt, including those who need to answer queries and provide signposting advice.

    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
    • Start18 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End18 Aug 2021 16:00

    Property and site inspection for non-technical staff

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    Property and site inspection for non-technical staff

    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.

    This course will also be running on 23 November 2021.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

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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
    • Start19 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End19 Aug 2021 11:00

    Fire safety toolbox – session four: Fire safety equipment

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    Fire safety toolbox – session four: Fire safety equipment

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    British Standards requirements, frequencies for servicing and maintenance and other key information.

    This session will take you through the various elements of fire safety equipment, both passive and active systems, and how they interact with each other. You will understand the legal requirement for maintenance identified within the relevant British Standards; includes fire alarms, emergency lighting, AOVs, dry risers, lightning conductors and more.

     

    The fire safety toolbox is a series of useful sessions that look at different elements of fire safety. Other courses in this series are listed below. For details and to book your place on the individual sessions please click the links below. 

     

    Fire safety awareness – 29 July 2021 – postponed

    Fire doors – 5 August 2021

    Fire stopping and compartmentation – 12 August 2021

    Fire safety on construction sites – 26 August 2021

    If you would like to attend all five sessions please use the following link and complete the booking form – Attend all five sessions.

     

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Our trainer

    Tony Bolder has over 27 years’ experience (operational and safety roles) within the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and over 30 in the fire sector. As a previous operational support manager for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Tony was instrumental in developing operational readiness for over 300 firefighters including high rise incidents, chemical spills and road traffic collisions.

    On leaving the fire service, Tony set up his own Fire Risk Management consultancy and, taking the same professional attitude into the private sector, he is now one of only around 60 UKAS third-party accredited life safety fire risk assessors listed on the FRACS register (and also the NAFRAR list) and one of only a handful of professionals who are also third-party accredited fire door inspectors, through both FDIS and NAFDI.

    FDIS Certificated Inspectors are uniquely qualified to undertake fire door inspections, not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors, but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors. In addition, NAFDI Members ensure that all fire door inspections are carried out in accordance with all statutory requirements and hold industry recognised.

    Tony is passionate about education, providing courses accredited by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and is a national speaker on fire safety for a number of networks, a contributor to the BBC, Sky News and CNN International and he is often heard providing professional comments on LBC radio.

    Please email training@hqnetwork.co.uk to book your place.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Per session:
    Non-members: £125.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £100.00 *

    Attend all five sessions:**
    Non-members: £525.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £400.00 *

    * 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.  

    **To book onto all five sessions please follow the link in the text on the left and complete the booking form on its page.

                                        

    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:

    Health and Safety Network
    The Health and Safety 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
    • Start19 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End19 Aug 2021 16:00

    Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

    Details

    Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

    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 

    This course will also be running on 7 October and 15 December 2021.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    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
    • Start24 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End24 Aug 2021 12:30

    Developing your confidence – helping you to succeed

    Details

    Developing your confidence – helping you to succeed

    Selling fast

    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 19 October 2021.

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    Meet At

    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
    • Start24 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End24 Aug 2021 15:00

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

    Details

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

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

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

    You will understand:

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

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

    What previous delegates have said: 

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

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

    This course will also be running on 11 October and 15 December 2021.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    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
    • Start24 Aug 2021 10:00
    • End24 Aug 2021 16:00

    Asset management masterclass

    Details

    Asset management masterclass

    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.

    This course will also be running on 26 October and 14 December 2021.

    Summer sale

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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.

    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
    • Start25 Aug 2021 10:00
    • End25 Aug 2021 15:30

    Professional boundaries

    Details

    Professional boundaries

    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.

    This course will also be running on 24 November 2021.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    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
    • Start26 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End26 Aug 2021 11:00

    Fire safety toolbox – session five: Fire safety on construction sites

    Details

    Fire safety toolbox – session five: Fire safety on construction sites

    Key considerations for when they are closed. 

    This session will run through the key points of what you should be doing, as an organisation, in respect to the fire safety management on sites where timber framed buildings are being constructed; we will also consider any additional measures during close-down of sites at this time of coronavirus.

     

    The fire safety toolbox is a series of useful sessions that look at different elements of fire safety. Other courses in this series are listed below. For details and to book your place on the individual sessions please click the links below. 

    Fire safety awareness – 29 July 2021 – postponed

    Fire doors – 5 August 2021

    Fire stopping and compartmentation – 12 August 2021

    Fire safety equipment – 19 August 2021

    If you would like to attend all five sessions please use the following link and complete the booking form – Attend all five sessions.

     

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Our trainer

    Tony Bolder has over 27 years’ experience (operational and safety roles) within the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and over 30 in the fire sector. As a previous operational support manager for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Tony was instrumental in developing operational readiness for over 300 firefighters including high rise incidents, chemical spills and road traffic collisions.

    On leaving the fire service, Tony set up his own Fire Risk Management consultancy and, taking the same professional attitude into the private sector, he is now one of only around 60 UKAS third-party accredited life safety fire risk assessors listed on the FRACS register (and also the NAFRAR list) and one of only a handful of professionals who are also third-party accredited fire door inspectors, through both FDIS and NAFDI.

    FDIS Certificated Inspectors are uniquely qualified to undertake fire door inspections, not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors, but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors. In addition, NAFDI Members ensure that all fire door inspections are carried out in accordance with all statutory requirements and hold industry recognised.

    Tony is passionate about education, providing courses accredited by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and is a national speaker on fire safety for a number of networks, a contributor to the BBC, Sky News and CNN International and he is often heard providing professional comments on LBC radio.

    Please email training@hqnetwork.co.uk to book your place.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Per session:
    Non-members: £125.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £100.00 *

    Attend all five sessions:**
    Non-members: £525.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £400.00 *

    * 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. 

    **To book onto all five sessions please follow the link in the text on the left and complete the booking form on its page.

                                        

    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:

    Health and Safety Network
    The Health and Safety 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 Aug 2021 09:30
    • End26 Aug 2021 15:00

    Working effectively with hoarders

    Details

    Working effectively with hoarders

    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 5 October and 7 December 2021.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    5 October 2021

    7 December 2021

                                        

    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
    • Start26 Aug 2021 10:00
    • End26 Aug 2021 15:30

    Domestic abuse awareness – looking behind closed doors

    Details

    Domestic abuse awareness – looking behind closed doors

    Meeting the needs of domestic abuse victims from a social housing provider perspective.

    Reducing or eliminating domestic abuse starts by increasing awareness and improving practice across all sectors. Training frontline staff to systematically enquire, identify and respond to domestic abuse significantly helps in increasing early identification.

    Awareness of domestic abuse is a critical element of the safeguarding responsibilities across the social housing sector. You have a duty of care to ensure you are raising awareness, recognising indicators, recording accurately, referring to appropriate agencies and reporting suspicion and disclosure of concerns to protect individuals from harm, prevent risk and promote welfare.

    Ending domestic abuse involves discussion and you serving as a catalyst. This interactive training course is designed to assist professionals understand domestic abuse, consider your own approach and address the issues and challenges that you face when dealing with those clients who are experiencing domestic abuse.

    What this course covers:

    • Exploring aspects of abuse
    • What do we mean by psychological abuse?
    • Who are the victims?
    • Exploring our own assumptions
    • Increasing frontline staff sensitivity to potential signs of domestic abuse
    • Ensuring an appropriate response when abuse is disclosed
    • Exploring safety issues
    • Ensuring your policies and procedures are robust
    • Approaches to multi-agency working.

    This course is a must for all staff including managers, team leaders and frontline staff, particularly those who work within:

    • Housing management
    • Call centres
    • ASB units and teams
    • Responsive repairs.

    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.

    This course will also be running on 26 November 2021.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 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
    • Start02 Sep 2021 10:00
    • End03 Sep 2021 13:00

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

    Details

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

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

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

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

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

    Why “Rent First?”

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

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

    What will delegates learn?

    These workshops will boost participants’ knowledge and confidence in:

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

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

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

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

    Timings        

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

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

    Who should attend?

    All

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What previous delegates have said:

    • "Tony was really knowledgeable and I found the break out sessions to be of huge benefit to see how other organisations work differently" - Folkestone and Hythe District council

    This course will also be running on 4 & 5 November and 8 & 9 December 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    4 & 5 November 2021

    8 & 9 December 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Rent Income Excellence Network
    The Rent Income Excellence 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
    • Start07 Sep 2021 10:00
    • End07 Sep 2021 13:00

    Collecting with care 2021 – Mental health, housing income and rent arrears

    Details

    Collecting with care 2021 – Mental health, housing income and rent arrears

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

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

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

    Programme

    What’s happening out there?

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

    Policy into practice

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

    Best practice and solutions

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

    Timing

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

    Additional information

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This course will also be running on 17 November 2021.

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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
    • Start08 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End08 Sep 2021 16:00

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

    Details

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

    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 10 November 2021.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

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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
    • Start08 Sep 2021 10:00
    • End08 Sep 2021 15:00

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

    Details

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

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

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

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

    What will delegates learn? 

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

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

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

    Our trainer

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

    Ruth has extensive experience of writing and implementing strategies and managing campaigns and projects within the Charity, NHS and Housing sectors. She 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 20 October and 1 December 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    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
    • Start09 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End09 Sep 2021 16:00

    Communal area and block inspections – what you need to know

    Details

    Communal area and block inspections – what you need to know

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

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

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

    Aims and objectives:

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

    Who should attend?

    All

    • Anyone in housing management

    Our trainer

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

    Delegate Feedback

    I would absolutely recommend this training. Nancy is a star and I specifically asked for her course after seeing her early in January 2020 in Manchester and will continue to attend any other courses she delivers that is how highly I rate her as a lecturer and genuinely lovely lady. I can’t speak more highly of her”

    This course will also be running on 3 November 2021.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

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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.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start09 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End09 Sep 2021 15:00

    Shared ownership

    Details

    Shared ownership

    There are now around 320,000 shared ownership properties in management in the UK – up from 200,000. And the number is growing: the Housing Revenue borrowing cap has been lifted for local authorities; opportunities for development are now a real possibility, and that is likely to include shared ownership and more and more housing associations are entering the shared ownership market too.

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

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

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

    The course will cover

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

    Who should attend

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Everyone working in:

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

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

    Our trainer

    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.

    Summer sale

    Get £50 off per delegate by entering #SUMMER50 when booking.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    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
    • Start13 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End13 Sep 2021 15:00

    Dealing with mental health issues, substance abuse, suicidal and challenging behaviour – face to face and over the phone

    Details

    Dealing with mental health issues, substance abuse, suicidal and challenging behaviour – face to face and over the phone

    Staff often deal with difficult/challenging individuals or situations. Those working face to face or over the phone often bear the brunt of problems, frustrations and aggression and deal with matters that traditionally weren’t part of a housing provider’s duties.

    Customers may suffer from conditions, including substance abuse, mental health issues, suicidal self-harming or challenging behaviour.

    Knowing how to deal with the initial contact, face to face or by telephone, staying safe and being able to signpost accordingly are critical.

    What the course will cover:

    • Mental health and substance misuse and their relationship to challenging, abusive or threatening behaviours
    • Other behaviours or conditions that may cause a person to exhibit challenging or abusive behaviour (learning disabilities, dementia, Diogenes syndrome, etc)
    • Signs to look out for and diffusion techniques
    • An overview of common substances, mental health issues, the signs and indicators
    • Techniques for dealing with challenging telephone calls
    • An overview of the PAC model and it’s application
    • Techniques for dealing with difficult face-to-face situations
    • Safe boundaries
    • Common risk situations.

    Who should attend?

    All

    All staff who work with customers on a one-to-one basis, face to face or over the phone.

    Our trainer

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

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

    This course will also be running on 1 December 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    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
    • Start13 Sep 2021 10:00
    • End13 Sep 2021 16:00

    Introduction to social housing law

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    Introduction to social housing law

    The Government has made significant changes to Housing Law in the last 10 years. This course provides an introduction to the key issues around security of tenure – what rights does an occupier have to remain in a property and what procedures does a landlord need to follow if they wish to regain possession of that property. The course also covers some of the basic rights that are associated with different types of tenure in rented housing.

    Delegates will work on real life case studies providing a more engaging and effective learning experience and will leave feeling more empowered and confident in their knowledge of social housing and the environment in which it operates. The workshop will include real life case studies for discussion and top tips!

    The session will cover:

    • Understanding what social housing Law is
    • Understanding what ‘Security of tenure’ is
    • How to differentiate between different tenancies and rents 
    • Understanding the rights of a tenant including succession/mutual exchange/assignment
    • Understanding the obligations of a landlord
    • Understanding the Court action /procedure/notices with Covid-19
    • What to do when there is a breach of tenancy and eviction
    • Understanding the different grounds for possession 
    • Understanding the Rent arrears eviction process
    • Becoming familiar with ASB and the tools to tackle it
    • Understanding vulnerability and safeguarding.

    What will delegates learn?

    • Who provides social housing
    • Develop an understanding of key housing legal terms
    • Understand the nature of tenancies and licences
    • Have an overview of the possession process
    • Understand what ‘surrender’ of a tenancy is.

    Who should attend?

    The course is aimed at staff working in social housing, or those who would like to know more about housing law and how it relates to their role. This course is suitable for members of staff new to the housing sector or wishing to update their knowledge in the rapidly changing housing world.

    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 8 December 2021.

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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
    • Start14 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End14 Sep 2021 15:00

    The Social Housing White Paper: Training for engaged residents and staff

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    The Social Housing White Paper: Training for engaged residents and staff

    The Social Housing White Paper, Hackitt Report and Building Safety Bill: What this means for resident engagement.

    The Hackitt Report, Social Housing White Paper and Building Safety Bill are fundamental to the future of social housing. They set out the future framework and the way forward including the key principles and the priorities.

    This session provides an opportunity for residents and staff to gain a shared understanding of the key issues coming from the Hackitt Report, and the Social Housing White Paper and Building Safety Bill. The session takes the themes that emerge from both and gives participants the opportunity to consider what this means for resident engagement. The session includes presentations and interactive discussion. It is based on co-production principles – facilitating engaged residents and staff to work together to develop a shared understanding of the issues and implications and agreeing and planning actions.

    Delegates will:

    • Understand and consider the context and background leading up to the Grenfell Tower tragedy
    • Learn about the Hackitt Review and Building Safety Bill – the findings, recommendations, proposed legislation and implications for social housing
    • Be provided with an overview of the whole Social Housing White Paper and specifically  focus on the resident engagement aspects of it
    • Consider the implications of the Hackitt Report, Building Safety Bill and the Social Housing White Paper for resident engagement
    • Identify action points for the way forward.

    Who is this session geared to?

    • Engaged residents
    • Staff who support engaged residents
    • Staff responsible for developing policy and procedure.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest is a very well established and expert Chartered Housing Professional, and a specialist in resident engagement. He consistently receives excellent feedback on his training and has been described as having a relaxed, conversational yet highly professional approach. He has a Master’s Degree (with Distinction) in Housing Studies, which covered the outcomes for social housing from the Grenfell tragedy and he is fully up to speed with the Social Housing White Paper.

    This course will also be running on 19 October and 13 December 2021.

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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
    • Start14 Sep 2021 10:00
    • End14 Sep 2021 16:00

    Universal Credit in action: Taking it to the next level

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    Universal Credit in action: Taking it to the next level

    Have you attended the Complete Works of UC or What You Need to Know Now course? Do you want to take your knowledge up to the next level?

    Here’s the next step, UC in action. This session takes all that you have learned builds on it. It looks at the common problem areas of UC and the practical resolutions that staff can use when working with tenants on UC.

    You will learn:

    • Who’s missing out
    • What to do about missing elements, wrong amounts, non-dependants
    • What can be done about closed new claims and delays
    • Problems for employees and how to deal with them (having no/reduced wages, getting back to work/starting work, late payment of wages)
    • Problems for self-employed and how to deal with them (no income, SEISS lump sum payment, surplus earnings, PAYE earnings and reclaims)
    • Work related requirements and sanctions and how to deal with them
    • When a problem can be resolved by complaint, mandatory reconsideration, appeal or the Independent Case Examiner
    • Overpayments and how to deal with them.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone who wants to develop their understanding and knowledge and take it to the next level.

    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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    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
    • Start15 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End15 Sep 2021 16:00

    The basics of plumbing, waste and drainage for non-technical staff

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    The basics of plumbing, waste and drainage for non-technical staff

    Plumbing and drainage systems are a fundamental part of property maintenance. Understanding how they work is essential for any effective repairs service.

    This interactive course provides non-technical staff with the basic knowledge of plumbing, waste and drainage that they need in order to carry out their day to day work effectively.

    It covers:

    • The different ways in which water is supplied to properties
    • The components it uses to travel around the building
    • How both hot and cold water is stored prior to use
    • How waste water is disposed of, using both above and below ground drainage systems.

    This course will provide delegates with the knowledge they need to help analyse different types of common defects that affect domestic properties. It will give them the confidence they need when dealing with customers as well as technical colleagues and trade operatives.

    Who should attend?

    It is ideal for all non-technical staff, whether new in post or as a refresher.

    Essential for property services teams, customer services advisors and housing management.

    Our trainer

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

    This course will also be running on 1 December 2021.

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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
    • Start16 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End16 Sep 2021 16:00

    Common building defects and failures for technical and non-technical staff

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    Common building defects and failures for technical and non-technical staff

    Get up to speed with common building defects and failures and best practice. Learn how to diagnose defects effectively, offer appropriate advice and apply the most effective remedial measure(s) to resolve them.

    This course will provide technical officers and non-technical staff with a sound baseline understanding of the most likely building failures and defects across a range of stock together with the remedial measures to take. This is a great course for new staff or updating/refresher training.

    Delegates will:

    • Develop their understanding of the legislation with respect to managing and maintaining a property portfolio, the implications of failing to do so and how to protect the legal interests of the landlord
    • Explore the common defects and problems associated with a wide variety of housing stock – their elements, fabric and trades
    • Learn about the range of, and most effective forms, of diagnostic tools and equipment available together with their pros and cons, attributes and potential failings
    • Find out about the most appropriate remedial measures available to correct failure
    • Examine how recent improvements to stock may have compounded problems, eg condensation
    • Consider the best ways to explain and communicate with all interested parties, eg tenants, leaseholder, contractors etc.

    Who should attend?

    All

    • Building, maintenance surveyors and inspectorate
    • Quality assurance and property officers
    • Contract officers
    • Housing officers
    • Property, estates and neighbourhood staff
    • Contractor/DLO employees
    • Other interested parties.

    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 18 November 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    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.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start16 Sep 2021 10:00
    • End16 Sep 2021 15:30

    Unconscious bias – awareness programme

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    Unconscious bias – awareness programme

    Unconscious bias refers to the biases we have, of which we are not in conscious control. These biases occur automatically, triggered by our brain, making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations based on our background, cultural environment and our experiences. 

    Psychologists tell us that our unconscious biases are simply our natural ‘people preferences’. Biologically we are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests. This preference bypasses our normal, rational and logical thinking. 

    Managing unconscious bias is not just of benefit to others. If we can control and manage our unconscious biases it releases cognitive and emotional resources. These resources lead to better/fairer decision-making and enhanced problem solving. 

    The aims of this course are to enable you to: 

    • Review Equality and Diversity in the context of unconscious bias 
    • Understand the idea of unconscious bias and related concepts 
    • Experience how unconscious bias affects our behaviour 
    • Identify the impact unconscious bias has on your organisation 
    • Explore different ways of managing unconscious bias. 

    Who should attend? 

    All supervisors, team leaders and managers and human resource staff. Everyone with responsibility for employee welfare.

    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.

    This course will also be running on 16 December 2021.

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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
    • Start20 Sep 2021 09:30
    • End20 Sep 2021 15:00

    Advanced hoarding – working with hoarders

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    Advanced hoarding – working with hoarders

    Working with hoarders can be very challenging. It’s a very complex subject that in many cases cannot be successfully dealt with by housing staff alone, since there are almost always other factors to consider, such as mental health and capacity issues, substance misuse, safeguarding and animal welfare. Services need staff with an awareness of these factors, and a knowledge of how to successfully involve and then liaise with specialists.

    This course has been designed either as a follow-up to HQN’s OCD and hoarding training or for workers who already have experience of working with hoarders. The course will explore the theoretical aspect of hoarding in more detail, including up-to-date research and psychological theory, before spending time exploring Diogenes Syndrome and animal hoarders. Mental capacity is becoming ever more relevant in housing and this will be explored, as will the court of protection, power of attorney and adults at risk considerations. In order for a team or indeed an organisation to work effectively with hoarders there must be a policy, strategy and a set of guidelines. Consistency and joint working is imperative and these will all be explored on the day.

    This course will:

    • Build upon knowledge gained from HQN’s OCD and hoarding course or practice experience
    • Explore hoarding in detail, including research findings
    • Explore animal hoarding
    • Explore Diogenes Syndrome/personality disorder in detail
    • Explore the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including practising capacity testing and exploring the court of protection
    • Explore legal aspects of hoarding, including case law
    • Practise using the relevant paperwork to use with hoarders, including the process of developing a policy and procedure for hoarding
    • Explore other useful techniques.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    All housing and care and support staff will benefit from this course as hoarding is so prevalent and has such an impact on clients 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 16 November 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    16 November 2021

                                        

    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.

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