1. Working effectively with hoarders

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    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 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.

    SOLD OUT. To join our waiting list email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

    This course will also be running in Peterborough, London and Birmingham

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Map and directions: 

    Click here to download directions to the venue

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    Autumn training

  2. Rent first – negotiation and debt collection workshop

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    Rent first – negotiation and debt collection workshop

    This dynamic workshop will help to develop and refresh practical skills, techniques and increase confidence in discussing and collecting debt.

    Whilst focused on housing debt, the techniques can be readily adapted to a variety of negotiating contexts, both work-based and in everyday life.

    Objectives

    At the end of the workshop delegates will:  

    • Know their preferred negotiating style and understand how they can influence positive behaviour and outcomes
    • Be able to apply a practical, “nudge-based” negotiation strategy to boost collection and minimise debt
    • Understand how to prepare effectively for discussing debt with customers
    • Be confident in initiating a discussion regarding debt, securing payment and ensuing efficient but supportive account management
    • Understand different question types and apply effective questioning techniques
    • Deal with payment objections confidently and guide customers through sensitive and challenging discussions.

    Who should attend?

    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.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

    SOLD OUT. To join our waiting list email events@hqnetwork.co.uk

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Map and directions: 

    Click here to download directions to the venue

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    Autumn training

  3. Rent first – negotiation and debt collection workshop

    Details

    Rent first – negotiation and debt collection workshop

    This dynamic workshop will help to develop and refresh practical skills, techniques and increase confidence in discussing and collecting debt.

    Whilst focused on housing debt, the techniques can be readily adapted to a variety of negotiating contexts, both work-based and in everyday life.

    Objectives

    At the end of the workshop delegates will:  

    • Know their preferred negotiating style and understand how they can influence positive behaviour and outcomes
    • Be able to apply a practical, “nudge-based” negotiation strategy to boost collection and minimise debt
    • Understand how to prepare effectively for discussing debt with customers
    • Be confident in initiating a discussion regarding debt, securing payment and ensuing efficient but supportive account management
    • Understand different question types and apply effective questioning techniques
    • Deal with payment objections confidently and guide customers through sensitive and challenging discussions.

    Who should attend?

    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.

    This course will also be running in Edinburgh.

    SOLD OUT.  To be added to our waiting list, please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk 

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Map and directions:

    Download the map and directions

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    Autumn training

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueCrewe
    • Start05 Nov 2019 10:00
    • End05 Nov 2019 16:00

    Shared ownership

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    Shared ownership

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

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

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

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

    The course will cover

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

    Who should attend

    Everyone working in shared ownership from development, sales and marketing, management and maintenance. Ideal as a refresher and those new to shared ownership, for housing association and local authority staff.

    Our trainer

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

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

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

    Last few places remaining

    This course will also be running in London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    Autumn training

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueLiverpool
    • Start06 Nov 2019 10:00
    • End06 Nov 2019 16:00

    Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

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    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? 

    • 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 in BristolManchester, London and Newcastle.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

  4. Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

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    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 one day course 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? 

    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) and a member of the Association of Project Management. She is currently studying Strategic Project Management at MSc level.

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

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

    This course will also be running in LondonManchesterNewcastleWrexham and Cardiff.

    SOLD OUT.  To be added to our waiting list, please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk 

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Map and directions: 

    Click here to download directions to the venue

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start13 Nov 2019 10:00
    • End13 Nov 2019 16:00

    Solutions for tricky housing management issues

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    Solutions for tricky housing management issues

    Some housing management issues can be incredibly time consuming to resolve and often get put on the “too difficult” pile. They can be relatively routine, and often minor, but still present challenges.

    This workshop explores the most frequently occurring issues, examines different ways of tackling and resolving them – the options available, what works and what doesn't. It gives delegates the tools and techniques they need with clear, practical solutions.

    Course content:  

    Topics covered will include:

    • Challenging conversations and behaviour
    • Low level nuisance and annoyance, especially noise
    • Keeping communal areas clear – removing fire risks
    • Parking issues
    • Communal TV aerials
    • Immigration Act 'Right to Rent' and enforcement.
    • Running a business from home
    • Tenancy fraud
    • Sub-letting rooms
    • Unauthorised occupants
    • Gaining access – to inspect, repair, undertake gas safety checks etc
    • Rechargeable repairs.

    Delegates should bring their main tenancy agreement with them together with examples of problem cases and how their organisation has attempted to resolve them – both successes and failures.

    Our trainer

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

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    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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start19 Nov 2019 10:00
    • End19 Nov 2019 16:00

    Tenancy management – the essential guide for housing officers

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    Tenancy management – the essential guide for housing officers

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

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

    What will delegates learn?

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

    This course will cover:

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

    Who should attend?

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

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant trained as a barrister and specialises in social housing law. After ten years in the legal profession, she spent a further ten working within local government, predominantly in the areas of homelessness, housing advice and allocations and lettings, as both a practitioner and consultant. She has been the Homelessness Review Officer for City of York Council for nearly ten years and undertakes the s202 reviews for all but one of the other North Yorkshire authorities. 

    Book now – Last few places remaining

    This course will also be running in London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueLeeds
    • Start27 Nov 2019 10:00
    • End27 Nov 2019 16:00

    Fire safety for managers working in social housing – 1 day course

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    Fire safety for managers working in social housing – 1 day course

    This full day course is specifically for managers working in the social housing sector.

    It includes:

    • Employers’ responsibilities and an overview of Legislation – RRFSO
    • The history of fires, how fires occur and some typical housing related examples
    • Identifying fire related hazards and assessing the risks
    • Typical fire safety measures and what you need to know
    • Creating a fire safety culture and ensuring you and your team understand their responsibilities.

    This is essential training for all managers responsible for front line operations.

    Our trainer

    Bob Evans has over 30 years’ experience in the Fire Service and almost 20 years as a fire safety consultant.

    The Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) has accredited this course.

    Last few places remaining

    This course will also be running in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueYork
    • Start27 Nov 2019 10:00
    • End27 Nov 2019 16:00

    Possession proceedings in the County Court

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    Possession proceedings in the County Court

    Possession proceedings are a serious matter, undertaken by landlords as a last resort. This course is designed for staff taking possession action and will cover notices for possession, grounds for possession, the court powers on considering possession action, warrants of possession and dealing with applications to suspend a warrant. 

    This course will cover: 

    • The relevant legal framework 
    • Main grounds for possession 
    • Possession proceedings against tenants 
    • Correct notices 
    • Civil procedure rules 
    • Human Rights and Equality Act considerations 
    • Court paperwork. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • Evidence gathering 
    • Recent case law 
    • Service of notices 
    • Court powers 
    • The principles the Court will consider in cases of mandatory possession 
    • Eviction 
    • How to deal with applications to suspend warrant of possession. 

    Who should attend? 

    New staff who are involved in taking possession action against tenants and those wanting a refresher. 

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

    This course will also be running in Birmingham and Manchester.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate. 

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start03 Dec 2019 10:00
    • End03 Dec 2019 16:00

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

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    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

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

    This course will cover: 

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

    What you will learn? 

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

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

    Who should attend? 

    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.

    Last few places remaining

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start03 Dec 2019 10:00
    • End03 Dec 2019 16:00

    The complete customer service workshop

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    The complete customer service workshop

    With service excellence, there are no losers. Customers win. Employees win. The organisation wins. Delivering first-class service is a successful strategy for everyone.

    Perfect for everyone in the housing sector, this course aims to empower your team with innovative customer service skills to deliver a professional level of service to your customers. 

    Looking to deliver a more professional service to your customers? Whether your goal is to enhance customer satisfaction, increase customer loyalty or simply deliver a more professional customer experience, HQN’s Customer Service Training can also be adapted for in-house delivery. 

    Why is good customer service important for long term business success? Delivering exceptional customer care will help your brand value and company reputation to rise which ensures your customers remain loyal. 

    Workshop content:

    What is exceptional customer service?

    • Discover the importance of a great introduction
    • Identify what your customers really want and exceed their expectations
    • Discover who your customers are and celebrate their differences
    • Establish what great service looks like.

    The power of communication

    • Learn how to build rapport and develop relationships
    • Identify the importance of effective communication in service
    • Understand the importance of listening and its impact on service
    • The importance of powerful conversation
    • Questioning techniques to establish customer needs quickly.

    Gain highly effective customer service skills

    • Deliver service excellence every time with our S.T.A.R model
    • Understand our perception of customers can impact the service we deliver
    • Impress your customers and create loyalty with our `spirit model`
    • Respond positively to customer complaints and difficult behaviour
    • Identify how easy it is to go the extra mile and the benefits it creates.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone involved in external or internal customer service delivery and those whose job it is to support them (that’s everyone!).

    Our trainer

    Andrew Waite’s experience and support from front line to Board level has supported many organisations in both business and charitable sectors. Andrew was previously CEO at one of the Mencap charities, is currently Chair of Board of Trustees at Barnet Mencap. He was CEO at a Children and Families charity and is a visiting Lecturer at University of Bedfordshire as well as a previous Guest Lecturer at University of Greenwich. He specialises in supporting charities and companies with a social conscience, including those in the housing sector, supporting hard to engage communities and education for people with mental health, learning and physical disabilities.

    Andrew works at a strategic level to sustain and grow organisations along with supporting leadership and management teams to engage their employees and deliver service excellence.

    Andrew’s Membership:  Association of Chairs (AoC), Society for Education and Training (SET) and Gay Professionals Network (GPN).

    National Diversity Award Nominee: Positive Role Model 2013 & Positive Role Model Disability 2016.

    This course will also be running in London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start06 Dec 2019 10:00
    • End06 Dec 2019 16:00

    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?

    Housing Directors and Managers, Finance Managers, Service Charge Managers, Home Ownership Managers, Asset Managers, officers dealing with RTB, RTA and new developments, housing and repairs officers.

    Our trainer

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

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

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

    What previous delegates have said: 

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

    This course will also be running in Bristol and London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start11 Dec 2019 10:00
    • End11 Dec 2019 16:00

    Domestic abuse awareness – looking behind closed doors

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    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 in London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start16 Dec 2019 10:00
    • End16 Dec 2019 16:00

    Customer journey mapping

    Details

    Customer journey mapping

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be one of your customers or residents? Ever test-driven your service or asked one of your customers in detail how it was for them?

    Listening to residents’ views and acting on them is exactly what the Green Paper is looking for. How can you possibly know what your residents want, their priorities and how they feel when things don’t go as smoothly as they should do for them? All you need to do is to ask the right questions.

    Journey mapping is the only way to truly understand the “customer experience”. It doesn’t have to be complicated, you don’t need to spend vast sums of money, you can make it part of your continuous improvement and insight-gathering processes. It's simple and easy once you know the basics.

    Mapping isn’t just about your customers’ or residents’ experience. This tool can be used for all cross-cutting or inter-departmental services. You can use mapping for making decisions relating to people, infrastructure and budgets. It can also be used for developing new services so you ‘design out’ those annoying issues and get the service right even before it’s started.

    If you want to plan an efficient and effective service, or you want to produce customer outcome-focused performance indicators and standards; if you have persistent and recurring complaints about a particular service, or if you need to target spending to the right places, then this tool will be invaluable to you.

    This very practical course will cover:

    • What is customer journey mapping? Understand when and why to map, and how it fits with business process modelling
    • Challenging “we’ve always done it this way”
    • Walking in your customers’ shoes: identify customer insight, understand how to structure the maps and identify touch points
    • Meeting needs: identify the needs, expectations and behaviours at each touch point
    • Mapping a sample journey: experience journey mapping for yourself
    • Planning a mapping project in your organisation: create a plan for conducting a mapping exercise in a service area of your choice
    • Deciding and acting – sharing your findings, prioritising, evaluating results and driving change using the top-down and bottom-up change agenda.

    All participants will leave with a Customer Journey Mapping (CJM) tool kit and an action plan to get them started on their service improvement project

    Who should attend?

    All team leaders, managers, staff and volunteers who will be conducting customer journey mapping, or who need to understand the process.

    Our trainer

    Andrew Waite’s experience and support from front line to Board level has supported many organisations in both business and charitable sectors. Andrew was previously CEO at one of the Mencap charities, is currently Chair of Board of Trustees at Barnet Mencap. He was CEO at a Children and Families charity and is a visiting Lecturer at University of Bedfordshire as well as a previous Guest Lecturer at University of Greenwich. He specialises in supporting charities and companies with a social conscience, including those in the housing sector, supporting hard to engage communities and education for people with mental health, learning and physical disabilities.

    Andrew works at a strategic level to sustain and grow organisations along with supporting leadership and management teams to engage their employees and deliver service excellence.

    Andrew’s Membership:  Association of Chairs (AoC), Society for Education and Training (SET) and Gay Professionals Network (GPN).

    National Diversity Award Nominee: Positive Role Model 2013 & Positive Role Model Disability 2016.

    Last few places remaining

    This course will also be running in London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start17 Dec 2019 10:00
    • End17 Dec 2019 16:00

    Social media for organisations

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    Social media for organisations

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

    This course will… 

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

    Delegates will learn to… 

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

    Who should attend 

    HR/OD/L&D professionals, communications professionals, customer-facing staff, anyone with line management responsibility, senior leaders. 

    Our trainer

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

    This course will also be running in Bristol, Newcastle and London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start14 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End14 Jan 2020 16:00

    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 in the UK
    • 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 staff, board members and resident representatives new to the housing sector or wishing to update their knowledge in the rapidly changing housing world.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest has extensive experience as a consultant and trainer in the housing sector. This extends across working with board members, staff and involved residents in many types of housing organisation. His own experience involves most roles in housing.

    After Michael gained an MSc with Merit in June 2017 in Leadership and Management, he was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies with Merit in June 2018. He is well known for his approachable and participative style of training, ensuring that learning is retained and can be applied in practice.

    This course will also be running in Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Cambridge, Birmingham and London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start14 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End14 Jan 2020 16:00

    The complete works of Universal Credit

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    The complete works of Universal Credit

    Updated to cover all 2019 Universal Credit changes

    This practical course provides crucial insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Universal Credit. Everything you need to know to provide direction to staff and tenants and base key decisions on. 

    Like Shakespeare’s plays: 

    • Universal Credit makes us think about major problems that seem to be common to people at different times. We’ll explain the many pitfalls of Universal Credit so you and your tenants avoid them 
    • Many have wished the language were easier to understand so things don’t get lost in translation. We’ll help you understand the language and what it means to be a ‘claimant’ 
    • The course is exciting with games, real-life case studies and practice sessions. It’ll keep your attention at all times. 

    Course modules: 

    • “To APA, or not to APA: that is the question” – considering options 
    • “O housing costs, housing costs, where for art thou housing costs” – ensuring you get housing costs from the beginning of the claim, and backdating 
    • “Now is the migration of our discontent” – looking at how migration will be managed 
    • “Is this a sanction I see before me” – how much, what the tenant can do and the impact on managed payments 
    • “The course of claim management never did run smooth” – what can go wrong during a claim, how to identify problems and how they can be resolved 
    • “If conditionality be the rule of benefit, sign on” – looking at the different groups and understanding what claimants have to do in return for UC 
    • “Shall I compare thee to a legacy benefit” – the similarities and differences between the old and new benefit systems 
    • “Be not afraid of overpayments” – what can be challenged and how. 

    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.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "Very clear" – Phoenix Community Housing
    • "Very impressed with knowledge" – Ipswich Borough Council
    • "Learnt a lot" – Croydon Churches Housing Association
    • "Very interesting and informative course" – Ability Housing Association 

    This course will also be running in Newcastle, London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Telford and Bristol.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueLeeds
    • Start16 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End16 Jan 2020 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

    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 in Cardiff and London.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start21 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End21 Jan 2020 16:00

    Possession proceedings in the County Court

    Details

    Possession proceedings in the County Court

    Possession proceedings are a serious matter, undertaken by landlords as a last resort. This course is designed for staff taking possession action and will cover notices for possession, grounds for possession, the court powers on considering possession action, warrants of possession and dealing with applications to suspend a warrant. 

    This course will cover: 

    • The relevant legal framework 
    • Main grounds for possession 
    • Possession proceedings against tenants 
    • Correct notices 
    • Civil procedure rules 
    • Human Rights and Equality Act considerations 
    • Court paperwork. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • Evidence gathering 
    • Recent case law 
    • Service of notices 
    • Court powers 
    • The principles the Court will consider in cases of mandatory possession 
    • Eviction 
    • How to deal with applications to suspend warrant of possession. 

    Who should attend? 

    New staff who are involved in taking possession action against tenants and those wanting a refresher. 

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

    This course will also be running in Birmingham and York.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate. 

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueLiverpool
    • Start22 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End22 Jan 2020 16:00

    Drug and alcohol awareness

    Details

    Drug and alcohol awareness

    There are many types of drugs that your residents and service users may be using now or have used in the past. With recent law change’s previously ‘Legal highs’ are now illegal, and tenants who use these or any of the other widely misused drugs available in the UK, could mean legal consequences for not just the user but for you as service providers or landlord. Growing ‘Skunk’ Cannabis at home is on the rise and again may mean consequences both legal and financial for both tenant and landlord.

    This course will provide a practical understanding of the effects of all the different types of legal and illegal drugs misused in the UK and will give participants practical skills in dealing with drug users of all types. 

    Training focus and outcomes 

    • Drug and alcohol use in the UK: its history and current UK prevalence 
    • Understanding drugs and the law including section 8 of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act that relates to premises 
    • To explore all the illegal drugs used in the UK including previously ‘legal highs’, Fentanyl, Balloons and Alcohol. 
    • Understanding signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use 
    • To explore ‘Dual diagnosis’; mental health and substance misuse combined 
    • How do drugs and alcohol affect physical and mental health? 
    • How does drug and alcohol use affect the housing sector including issues relating to health and safety and dealing with alcohol-related aggression and drug-related crime? 
    • Exploring some simple but effective methods for working with drug and alcohol users 
    • Understanding what treatment options are available for the range of drug and alcohol users you will work with.

    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 in Newcastle and London.

    find out more

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueLiverpool
    • Start23 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End23 Jan 2020 16:00

    People skills for project managers

    Details

    People skills for project managers

    How to engage and motivate to deliver a better project outcome – a one day workshop.

    People are vital to the success of every project. Without their engagement and buy-in, even the best planned and managed project may not succeed. But the essential skills needed to inspire, motivate and manage the individuals involved are too often neglected and overlooked. Most project management training and literature provides little guidance on how to best work with and influence people involved in your project.

    This course will draw on well researched and proven methods from the fields of project management and organisational development. It will cover the key people skills needed at different stages of the project lifecycle.

    You will leave the day with practical tools and tips you can immediately apply to your project.

    What will delegates learn?

    • Current research on effective motivation and engagement in projects
    • The vital link between strategy and projects
    • The essential skillset of an excellent project manager
    • How to build and motivate your project team
    • Engaging and negotiating with stakeholders
    • Influencing without authority – working with people you don't manage
    • Getting the best out of limited resources and encouraging innovation
    • Communication skills:
      • the importance of communicating across all levels
      • factors which effect communication
      • drawing up a communications plan and
      • creating feedback loops that work.

    Who should attend

    This course is ideal for everyone who already has an understanding of the essentials of project management and who wants to work more effectively with the people on their projects. It is an excellent follow up to the Project Management Bootcamp one day course.

    Our trainer

    Ruth Walker-Cotton is a qualified project manager (APM PMQ) and a member of the Association of Project Management. She is currently studying Strategic Project Management at MSc level.

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

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

    This course will also be running in Manchester, London, Newcastle and Cardiff.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueNewcastle
    • Start28 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End28 Jan 2020 16:00

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

    Details

    Making scrutiny work

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

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

    Delegates will learn

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

    Who should attend

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

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest has considerable hands on experience of working as an independent adviser and trainer to residents undertaking scrutiny including scrutiny teams who have won national and regional awards for their achievements. He recently led a national masterclass on the topic. As well as scrutiny itself, Michael has extensive knowledge and experience of housing which means he can provide technical support no matter what service area is being scrutinised. His training is consistently well received with delegates commenting on his approachable and accessible, yet professional style. 

    This course will also be running in Birmingham, London and Manchester.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueNewcastle
    • Start30 Jan 2020 10:00
    • End30 Jan 2020 16:00

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

    Details

    Dealing with mental health issues

    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 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 in London, Lincoln, Birmingham and Manchester.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start04 Feb 2020 10:00
    • End04 Feb 2020 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? 

    • 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 in Liverpool, Bristol, London and Newcastle.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueLiverpool
    • Start05 Feb 2020 10:00
    • End05 Feb 2020 16:00

    Communication skills masterclass

    Details

    Communication skills masterclass

    This course is a synthesis of the most famous, widely used and evidence-based communication techniques that are available which can be applied in any situation.

    You will:

    • Understand motivational interviewing techniques - open questioning, reflective listening and summarising skills
    • Explore NLP and how it can help understand our own and others’ communication style, body language and priority system
    • Explore CBT and how to identify and address negative mindsets in ourselves, and others
    • Understand what defence mechanisms are, how to spot and address them
    • Learn how to use negative and use positive language effectively
    • Explore transactional analysis skills, particularly the ‘Parent-adult-child’ model.

    Who will benefit from this course?

    Everyone at all levels and especially staff who deal with difficult or challenging situations

    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 in Birmingham and Cambridge.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start05 Feb 2020 10:00
    • End05 Feb 2020 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 will benefit?

    Housing officers, maintenance and technical officers, property inspectors, home visitors, estate-based staff such as caretakers and neighbourhood officers, together with all 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 in London, Cardiff and Leeds.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start05 Feb 2020 10:00
    • End05 Feb 2020 16:00

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

    Details

    Project management bootcamp

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

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

    This one day course 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? 

    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) and a member of the Association of Project Management. She is currently studying Strategic Project Management at MSc level.

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

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

    This course will also be running in BirminghamNewcastleWrexham, Cardiff and London.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate:
    Non-members:

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

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

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueManchester
    • Start06 Feb 2020 10:00
    • End06 Feb 2020 16:00

    Advanced hoarding – working with hoarders

    Details

    Advanced hoarding

    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 will benefit?

    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 in BirminghamLondonBristol and Colchester.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic Training - North
    • VenueNewcastle
    • Start12 Feb 2020 10:00
    • End12 Feb 2020 16:00

    The complete works of Universal Credit

    Details

    The complete works of Universal Credit

    Updated to cover all 2019 Universal Credit changes

    This practical course provides crucial insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Universal Credit. Everything you need to know to provide direction to staff and tenants and base key decisions on. 

    Like Shakespeare’s plays: 

    • Universal Credit makes us think about major problems that seem to be common to people at different times. We’ll explain the many pitfalls of Universal Credit so you and your tenants avoid them 
    • Many have wished the language were easier to understand so things don’t get lost in translation. We’ll help you understand the language and what it means to be a ‘claimant’ 
    • The course is exciting with games, real-life case studies and practice sessions. It’ll keep your attention at all times. 

    Course modules: 

    • “To APA, or not to APA: that is the question” – considering options 
    • “O housing costs, housing costs, where for art thou housing costs” – ensuring you get housing costs from the beginning of the claim, and backdating 
    • “Now is the migration of our discontent” – looking at how migration will be managed 
    • “Is this a sanction I see before me” – how much, what the tenant can do and the impact on managed payments 
    • “The course of claim management never did run smooth” – what can go wrong during a claim, how to identify problems and how they can be resolved 
    • “If conditionality be the rule of benefit, sign on” – looking at the different groups and understanding what claimants have to do in return for UC 
    • “Shall I compare thee to a legacy benefit” – the similarities and differences between the old and new benefit systems 
    • “Be not afraid of overpayments” – what can be challenged and how. 

    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.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "Very clear" – Phoenix Community Housing
    • "Very impressed with knowledge" – Ipswich Borough Council
    • "Learnt a lot" – Croydon Churches Housing Association
    • "Very interesting and informative course" – Ability Housing Association 

    This course will also be running in ManchesterLondon, Birmingham, Liverpool, Telford and Bristol.

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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 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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Did you know that all our training courses can be run in-house at your offices? We also offer bespoke training to suit your requirements. For more information, please email Anna Pattison at anna.pattison@hqnetwork.co.uk