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

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

    Details

    S.20 Consultation

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

    This one-day course will cover:

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

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    All officers with responsibility for:

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    29 January 2021

    14 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

    Details

    Project management bootcamp

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

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

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

    What will delegates learn? 

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

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

    Sold out

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

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    21 January 2021

    16 March 2021

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Details

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

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

    This course will cover: 

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

    What you will learn? 

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

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

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    20 January 2021

    2 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    The Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

    Details

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

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

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

    You will understand:

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

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

    What previous delegates have said: 

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

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

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    8 February 2021

    20 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Writing better reports

    Details

    Writing better reports

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

    Well-written reports deliver information that is: 

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

    We will cover: 

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

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

    Who should attend? 

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

    Our trainer

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

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

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

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

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

    Details

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

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

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

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

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

    Why “Rent First?”

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

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

    What will delegates learn?

    These workshops will boost participants’ knowledge and confidence in:

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

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

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

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

    Timings        

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

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

    Who should attend?

    All

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Last few places remaining

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

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    11 & 12 February 2021

    4 & 5 March 2021

    13 & 14 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Rent Income Excellence Network
    The Rent Income Excellence Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Having difficult conversations – handle them well, be more effective

    Details

    Having difficult conversations – handle them well, be more effective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

    Equality and Diversity
    The Equality and Diversity Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Communal area and block inspections – what you need to know

    Details

    Communal area and block inspections

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

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

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

    Aims and objectives:

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

    Who should attend?

    All

    • Anyone in housing management

    Our trainer

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

    Sold out

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

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    21 January 2021

    22 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network The Housing Management Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Shared ownership

    Details

    Shared ownership

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

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

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

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

    The course will cover

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

    Who should attend

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Everyone working in:

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

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Influencing and negotiating for a win-win

    Details

    Influencing and negotiating for a win-win

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

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

    The workshop will cover:

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

    Who should attend?

    All

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Managing conflict, confrontation and challenging behaviour

    Details

    Managing conflict, confrontation and challenging behaviour

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

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

    By attending this course, you will:

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

    Course outline

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

    Who should attend?

    All

    Everyone who manages people.

    Our trainer

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

    Last few places remaining

    This course will also be running on 23 February 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    23 February 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Leading strategically to develop a high performing culture

    Details

    Leading strategically to develop a high performing culture

    This virtual workshop will provide delegates with great techniques to:

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

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

    What you will learn

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

    Who should attend?

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

    Our trainer

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

    This course will also be running on 10 February 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Motivational interviewing

    Details

    Motivational interviewing

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

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

    You will learn: 

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

    Who should attend?

    All  

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

    Our trainer

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

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

    This course will also be running on 21 April 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    21 April 2021

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Team leader and manager refresher

    Details

    Team leader and manager refresher

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

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

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

    By attending this course team leaders will:

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

    Course outline:

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

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

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

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

    Our trainer 

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

    What previous delegates have said: 

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

    This course will also be running on 18 March 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    18 March 2021

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

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

    Details

    Collecting with care 2020

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

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

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

    Programme

    What’s happening out there?

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

    Policy into practice

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

    Best practice and solutions

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

    Timing

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

    Additional information

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

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

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Excellence in procurement and contract management

    Details

    Excellence in procurement and contract management

    Achieve excellence through your contracts and achieve value for money. 

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

    Intermediate level course: 

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

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

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

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

    Who should attend? 

    Intermediate

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

    Our trainer

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

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Asset management
    The Asset Management Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

    Social media for organisations

    Details

    Social media for organisations

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

    This course will… 

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

    Delegates will learn to… 

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

    Who should attend? 

    All

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

    Our trainer

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

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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

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

    Details

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

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

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

    You will learn:

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

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

    Our trainer

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

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start11 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End11 Dec 2020 15:30

    Safeguarding children and adults at risk

    Details

    Safeguarding children and adults at risk

    Safeguarding children and adults at risk is everyone’s business and the housing industry has an important role to play. 

    The course will raise awareness of children and adults at risk, the systems to safeguard them, and the role and responsibilities of housing staff and partner agencies. 

    It is a mandatory requirement that all staff, volunteers and contractors are trained to know what is meant by safeguarding, how to promote the welfare of adults and children, and what to do if they have concerns that a child or adult is at risk. 

    Course content 

    This one-day course is designed to give housing staff a comprehensive introduction to safeguarding children and adults covering: 

    • What makes a child or adult at risk 
    • The categories of abuse 
    • Recognising the signs and indicators of abuse 
    • The legal framework and guidance 
    • The impact of abuse and neglect 
    • Challenges to effective safeguarding 
    • The Care Act 2014 
    • Record-keeping 
    • Confidentiality and information-sharing 
    • Your responsibilities and how to report concerns 
    • The process following referral for adults and children. 

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    ALL staff, contractors and volunteers across your organisation must be able to demonstrate they have completed mandatory safeguarding training. 

    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.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Equality and Diversity
    The Equality and Diversity Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start15 Dec 2020 09:30
    • End15 Dec 2020 15:00

    Introduction to social housing

    Details

    Introduction to social housing

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

    Key elements of the training include:

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

    Who should attend?

    All

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This course will also be running on 12 January9 February, 9 March and 13 April 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    12 January 2021

    9 February 2021

    9 March 2021

    13 April 2021

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start15 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End15 Dec 2020 13:00

    A practical workshop on nudge theory

    Details

    A practical workshop on nudge theory

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could encourage tenants to keep to the tenancy agreement without having to issue warnings or threats?

    Do you spend endless time and resources trying to get tenants to pay their rent, allow access for gas and electrical servicing?

    Are there other things that your tenants do, or don't do, that you wish you could change to help manage estates and tenancies better?

    If the answer to any of the above is "yes", then this interactive workshop could be for you. Split into two parts:

    • Learn all about the basics of behavioural economics, otherwise known as nudge techniques, where small, often low cost changes can have huge positive impacts on services
    • Apply the basics of behavioural insights to consider real problems housing organisations are currently facing, and design nudge based solutions.

    During this virtual workshop, you will learn all about the theory behind nudge, and how it has been used in different settings to achieve amazing results. We'll provide examples of how people really behave, and how this is often different from how we think they'll naturally react and the reasons for this.

    We'll go through the key things to consider when implementing nudge techniques to influence positive behaviour traits, how to avoid common pitfalls and how to measure and evidence your findings.

    There’s plenty of opportunity to consider some real life scenarios and challenges you're currently facing, where we use what we've learnt and devise some nudge based plans that you can take away and implement in your own organisations.

    Who should attend?

    All

    Anyone with operational responsibilities such as:

    • Housing officers
    • Repairs staff
    • Team leaders and managers
    • Officers with responsibility for service improvements.

    Our trainer

    Richard Walker is an HQN trainer and associate and has extensive knowledge and experience of customer service management, both operationally and strategically, having worked in the housing sector for over 20 years. Richard has proven success of both developing and turning round complaints services and he has undertaken numerous reviews and training sessions as a trainer and consultant. He is a trained Customer Service Excellence assessor and has also operated in a private sector customer service environment. His practical and relaxed training style ensures attendees engage and get the most out of his sessions.

    This course will also be running on 27 January and 14 April 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    27 January 2021

    14 April 2021

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start16 Dec 2020 10:00
    • End16 Dec 2020 15:00

    Time management for virtual working

    Details

    Time management for virtual working

    Our working lives have changed dramatically in the last six months, and being able to plan and structure our day to get the optimum results is crucially important right now. 

    Working remotely, from the traditional workplace, from home and in blended combinations has become the norm. This workshop will combine a range of techniques and ideas to support you to become more efficient in planning and utilising your time. The workshops will be interactive and encourage peer learning – capitalising on the vital connections that can be forged in a virtual learning environment. 

    Attending this workshop will enable you to:

    • Understand what time management is, and what is isn’t
    • Learn about your personal approach to time management
    • Decide which planning tools will work for you
    • Explore prioritisation, and revisit how you can make it work for you
    • Learn how to plan your day – with breaks and working in the way that suits your commitments
    • Explore the soft skills that will help you become more efficient.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who needs motivation, ideas and support in managing their time effectively.

    Our trainer

    Jo Carr works as an independent leadership and management coach, trainer and consultant in the health, social care and social housing sectors. Before 2013, Jo spent 25 years in management roles in social housing and the voluntary sector.  

    Jo is a lifelong learning qualified trainer, and an ILM qualified management and mentoring coach, and she also has a flair for bringing her learning and perspective from her background to help her clients find solutions for their pressure points.   

    Jo uses a flexible and eclectic mix of products and models in her work, from NLP to Situational leadership – with the focus on the client audience developing their ability through increased confidence and capacity. She is also an accredited Belbin team roles facilitator. Jo is a very skilled communicator, with an intuitive approach to working with her audience – and this is borne out in her range of delivery methods as a coach and trainer.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

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

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start06 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End06 Jan 2021 15:00

    Introduction to leases and recovery of service charges

    Details

    Introduction to leases and recovery of service charges

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

    This course will cover: 

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

    What will you learn? 

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

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    All staff who are involved in dealing with

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

    This course will also be running on 24 March 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    24 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start07 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End07 Jan 2021 16:00

    Preventing housing disrepair claims

    Details

    Preventing housing disrepair claims

    Make sure you’re complying with the new Act, reducing disrepair claims and increasing customer satisfaction.

    This course will de-mystify the legal haze of statutory obligations placed on landlords to repair properties, and the consequences of ignoring them. It will also examine the implications that tenancy agreements and handbooks have for disrepair claims and the difference between an ‘improvement’ and ‘disrepair’, which can often be crucial in disrepair claims. 

    This course will cover: 

    • The Landlord and Tenant Act section 11 
    • The impact of tenancy terms 
    • Disrepair vs improvements 
    • The risk of ignoring complaints 
    • Disrepair pre-action protocol 
    • Relevant case law 
    • Overview of other statutory obligations. 

    You will learn: 

    • The landlord’s legal responsibilities 
    • How tenancy contracts enhance repair obligations 
    • Minimising the risk of a claim 
    • Potential defences 
    • Case management 
    • Notification of a repair. 

    Who should attend? 

    All staff who are involved in dealing with asset management or who manage those that are, including heads of service, asset managers, tenancy management officers, repairs managers, repairs officers, and team leaders. 

    Our trainer

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

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

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

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start07 Jan 2021 13:00
    • End07 Jan 2021 16:00

    High performance teams

    Details

    High performance teams

    People have to work together – whether as part of a formal team, or a project group or just as colleagues working for the same organisation.

    Making sure teams operate at peak performance is essential in order to maximise results.

    This workshop will explain how to do this based on the DiSC model

    It will cover:

    • The six factors that make a high performing team
    • Leadership “To Dos” for different stages of a team
    • How learning about others helps maximise effectiveness – the DiSC model
    • The five types of team
    • How to create a winning remote team.

    Suitable for everyone who is responsible for the performance of all types of “teams” (ad hoc projects or permanent formal teams), whether online or office based.

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

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

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start12 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End12 Jan 2021 15:00

    Introduction to social housing

    Details

    Introduction to social housing

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

    Key elements of the training include:

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

    Who should attend?

    All

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

    Our trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This course will also be running on 15 December 2020, 9 February, 9 March and 13 April 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    15 December 2020

    9 February 2021

    9 March 2021

    13 April 2021

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start12 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End12 Jan 2021 13:00

    The governance and financial viability standard explained

    Details

    The governance and financial viability standard explained

    This is a practical workshop providing advice and guidance for everyone who wants to understand the practical requirements of the governance and financial viability standard and gain an overview of regulatory expectations. 

    The workshop considers all the requirements – the standard itself, the supplementary publications, other codes and the paperwork that’s required. And clearly explains what the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) expects to be in place, what they look at and the tests they apply during an in-depth assessment (IDA).

    The areas covered include:

    • What the RSH’s standard covers and how the supplementary publications fit
    • The detail of each element of the standard and what it means in practice
    • Best practice approaches and examples to meet the requirements
    • A checklist of what should be in place.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone who wants to understand regulatory requirements including governance specialists, risk and finance staff, executives teams, operational managers and staff responsible for policy and compliance.

    Our trainer

    Jo Ballman is a governance and risk expert and has been a consultant and trainer for more than seven years. She has advised and provided guidance to many boards on the RSH’s expectations and helped them on their regulation journey, including creating with the board frameworks, policies and papers, and where required, voluntary undertaking action plans to help the board move to a compliant judgement. She takes a very practical approach working closely with executives, governance leads and members to embed the approaches.

    Prior to becoming a consultant Jo worked as a Director at two large housing groups where her roles held responsibility for governance and regulation, as well as risk, performance and data.  

    She is a chartered surveyor, who started her career as a development surveyor progressing to development director at one RP, before switching to the world of regulation and all it entails.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

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

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

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

    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start12 Jan 2021 13:00
    • End12 Jan 2021 16:00

    Women developing in work

    Details

    Women developing in work

    The Institute of Fiscal Studies has shown that women are being negatively and financially impacted in lockdown. Their analysis suggests women are taking on 70% of the unpaid work at home – at the same time as work and career plans become hugely uncertain.

    This workshop will give you a unique opportunity to think about how you are able to manage your work and career goals whilst in lockdown. You will gain an understanding of the latest research on gender in the workplace, linking this with your own challenges. You will leave the session with insight and practical actions to implement.

    What you will learn

    • The key challenges facing women in work
    • Building and maintaining confidence and self belief
    • How to improve your resilience in lockdown
    • Why language matters – getting your voice heard
    • Being clear about priorities – working out what brings the most value
    • How to say no to taking on too much
    • How to influence as your organisation adapts to a new reality
    • Nine competencies – what high performance looks like.

    Who should attend?

    All

    This course is for all women who are dealing with the challenges of lock down and want to assess how they manage work and life effectively over the coming months.

    Our trainer

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

    This course will also be running on 22 March 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    22 March 2021

                                        

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

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start13 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End13 Jan 2021 16:00

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

    Details

    Repairs diagnostic questioning

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

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

    Delegates will learn about: 

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

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

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

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

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

    Our trainer

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

    This course will also be held on 15 April 2021.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    15 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network
    The Housing Management Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start13 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End13 Jan 2021 15:00

    Customer service – making a difference

    Details

    Customer service – making a difference

    Social housing is a sector where our main customers (our tenants) can’t always choose their provider and success is not always measured in profits.

    However, our customers’ expectations are rising. Providing excellent customer service is vital to the reputation and overall success of every organisation and the people that work there.

    This workshop provides delegates with ideas and tools, based on their own job role, that can easily be taken back to the workplace and implemented immediately, to improve the customers’ experience of the service you provide.

    On this workshop, delegates will:

    • Clearly identify the customer
    • Consider the do’s and don’ts of customer service and measure themselves against them
    • Explore effective ways to communicate and their own unconscious bias
    • Describe how being customer focussed influences the success of their organisation
    • Build their customer brand
    • Fill service gaps and develop methods of creating a great customer experience.

    Added value

    On-line self-study and downloadable materials to compliment the virtual classroom workshop.

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate  

    Everyone who wants to develop and improve their customer service skills and behaviours, whether customer facing or back of house.

    Our trainer

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

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

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

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

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

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

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

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

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

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