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Future-proofing our movement - GWSF 2017 Annual Conference

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Future-proofing our movement - GWSF 2017 Annual Conference

Date: 17 November 2017 09:15 am - 04:00 pm
Course duration: 1 day
Venue: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Costs: Members £190.00 / Non-Members £225.00

The Glasgow & West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) 2017 annual conference will again be held in the Grand Central Hotel in the heart of Glasgow City Centre next to Central Station.

The GWSF Annual Conference is a “must” for everyone who cares about the community controlled housing association (CCHA). movement.

Conference fees are at a great competitive rate of just £190 per person for GWSF members and £255 for non-GWSF members.

We are delighted to announce that Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman MSP, along with Naomi Eisenstadt, Independent Adviser to the SG on Poverty and Inequality, are our keynote speakers this year.

Conference Programme

9.15       Registration and Tea/Coffee/Pastries

9.45       Welcome from the Chair - Helen Moore

Morning Plenary
10.00     Keynote Address - Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman MSP

10.30     Naomi Eisenstadt, Deputy Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission in Scotland & formerly Independent Adviser to the Scottish Government on Poverty and Inequality

Naomi will discuss overarching trends in poverty. She will consider the complex reasons which underpin the persistence of poverty as well as exploring potential approaches to tackling it. These include a focus on the importance of place and place-making, inclusive growth, and the value of a ‘joined-up’ approach where all levels of political and civil society have a role to play.

11.15     Break and Exhibition Viewing

11.45     Workshops - Session 1  (see below for workshop details)

12.45     Lunch and Exhibition Viewing
1.45       Workshops - Session 2  

Afternoon Plenary

2.45      George Walker, Chair, Scottish Housing Regulator

As new Chair of the SHR, George will talk about his long background supporting charitable organisations in the UK and overseas, and his experience as a Chair in other sectors. He will consider some of the challenges facing the social housing sector, and how the SHR can support it, and ensure the best outcomes for tenants, moving forward.

3.15     Sally Thomas, Chief Executive, SFHA

Sally has a wealth of experience in the housing sector in England including working in diverse roles for several housing associations, as a director of a consultancy specialising in the social and economic aspects of regeneration, and as Director for Communities with HACT.  She will talk about her impressions of the social housing sector in Scotland and what she envisages for the sector moving into the future.  

3.45     Final thoughts/thanks - David Bookbinder GWSF Director / Helen Moore, GWSF Chair

Please note that workshops sessions are now running twice. You should let SHARE know which two workshops you would like to attend prior to the event.

1. Preparing for Universal Credit – where are we now?
As the roll-out of Universal Credit continues what has the impact been so far? And what are Associations doing to support their tenants through the process? This workshop will feature two Associations sharing their experiences and talking about how they are dealing with the challenges.  

2. Attracting and retaining new committee/board members – what can Housing Associations do?
In GWSF’s recent report on succession planning members highlighted how crucial it is for the CCHA movement to keep attracting and retaining new committee/board members. In this session two Associations will talk about the innovative approaches they are taking to address these issues.  

3. Approaches to self-assessment and internal audit.
Ongoing self-assessment strategies and robust internal audits are both factors which can enhance good governance in Associations. This workshop will consider these two approaches; whilst highlighting some of the challenges and benefits associated with both.   

4. Working in partnership to support local people.
We know that local solutions can often be the most effective in helping people feel supported and more invested in themselves and their communities. The session will feature two Forum members’ innovative projects in partnership with two very different organisations - Thriving Survivors and Space Unlimited.

5. Tackling poverty and inequality
CCHAs do an enormous amount of pioneering work in their communities to help address poverty and inequality. This session will focus on two of these innovative initiatives.


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