Social housing - an introduction

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.

Social housing - an introduction

Introduction to social housing 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.

Michael Guest

Leadership and management Michael Guest

Michael Guest is a well established and respected housing consultant and trainer. He has considerable hands-on experience and expertise across the housing sector and beyond. As a Chartered Housing Professional, Chartered Manager and Certified Management Consultant, Michael has specialisms in governance, resident involvement (including scrutiny), policy and service review as well as a range of strategic and operational housing matters. Michael is Chair of a Schools Partnership company, a Chair of School Governors and an Advanced Skills Governor. He holds a recent (2017) MSc (with Merit) in Leadership and Management and a (2018) Postgraduate Certificate (with Merit) in Housing Studies. Feedback from Michael's training often comments on his accessible, relaxed, yet professional approach. 

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing