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This year’s PlaceShapers Annual Conference will take place over three days and will be our first ever virtual conference. We are planning a mix of plenaries, smaller workshop discussions and time for learning and networking. All from the comfort of your living room!
As the conference is virtual this year we are able to offer our members* more than two places so please do invite colleagues from all areas of your organisation to join us.  We would love to welcome them. To register your place please complete the booking form and get the sessions in your diary.  If you have any queries drop Charlotte a line.  
We are adding to the programme every day so do keep checking back as speakers are confirmed.

Confirmed so far:  

Day One – Our Work.

Day one will focus on PlaceShapers’ work and new strategy, and exploring some of the key challenges members are facing now. 

10am – 11.30am: Opening plenary

Chaired by Christine Turner, Chair, Rosebery Housing Association

Keynote Speaker: Matthew Walker, PlaceShapers recently appointed Chair

Updates from PlaceShapers and delivering place-based change

Andrew Van Doorn, Chief Executive, HACT

12pm – 1pm: Lucnh and Learn: Diverse Voices 

Diverse voices: the first of a series of lunchtime talks featuring diverse voices from across our membership.

2020 hasn’t been purely about Covid-19 and the impact it has had globally. The rise of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, the strength of feeling and level of support it has generated has thrown diversity sharply back in to focus.  We’ll be exploring ways our sector can engage with the movement for the benefit of our residents. 

Speakers to be confirmed

2pm – 3pm: Workshop One

Tackling stigma: What do we as landlords need to do to tackle stigma?

We know our residents can be stigmatised due to their circumstances and we know it’s not a new thing.  In this workshop we will be discussing the new guide 'It’s not OK' from the Chartered Institute of Housing and the See the Person Campaign . 

With Melanie Rees, Chartered Institute of Housing and Pam Hankinson, See the Person

3pm – 4pm: Workshop Two

Hearing from our members: members showcase

We are always shouting about the great work that our members are doing in their communities.  But just in case you missed it join this session to share what you’re doing and hear from others.

Speakers to be confirmed

Day Two – Customers and communities.

Our focus for day two is our customers and communities  

10am – 11am: Opening plenary

Keynote Speaker: Fiona MacGregor

We are delighted to be joined by Fiona MacGregor, a familiar face and Chief Executive of the Regulator of Social Housing.  Fiona will be identifying the ways that recent events have and will continue to impact on the ways we work with customers and communities.

12pm – 1pm: Lunch and learn

What do residents want us to hear?

As PlaceShapers our desire to do the very best for our residents is the forefront of everything we do.  But, how often do we ask what our residents want us to hear? This session is designed to give us the opportunity to step back, take it down a notch and ask that very question.

Resident speakers to be confirmed

2pm – 3pm: Workshop One

Ensuring no place is left behind

No Place Left Behind is a recently formed commission focussing on prosperity and community placemaking.  It focuses on under-valued areas and takes as its mantra that no place should be left behind. In this session we will be joined by their Chair who will bring the work of the commission to life.

With Toby Lloyd, former housing adviser to Theresa May and Chair, No Place Left Behind Commission

3pm – 4pm: Workshop Two

Housing Associations as community anchors – what more do we need to do?

An emergent theme from the many conversations we have had in recent months is that many of our members fulfil the role of community anchor in their areas.  We do great work but this this session will ask.  What more can we do?

With Kevin Lowry, Executive Director of Housing, Manchester City Council 

Day Three – The Future.

On day three we will look ahead to the coming 12-18 months and the challenges our organisations and communities will face, and discuss how we can help support them

10am – 11am: Workshop One

Harry’s pledge: supporting carers and the care sector

Covid-19 has shone a bright light on the massive contribution that unpaid carers and key workers in the care sector make all over the country.  This session will talk about the Harry’s pledge campaign, and what more we need to do to help and value carers.  

Speaker: Julie Doyle, CEO Longhurst Group

11am-12pm: Workshop Two

How could we help support Domestic Violence services in the next 12-18 months? 

Sadly, but perhaps inevitably lockdown has seen a huge rise in cases of domestic violence.  The need for additional support and interventions to support people going forward is clear but what role do we have in supporting this? What more could we do?     

Speakers: Alison Inman, others to be confirmed

12pm – 1pm: Lunch and Learn

Climate Change

Addressing climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. We will hear about the scale of the challenge and discuss how the sector needs to respond.

Speaker to be confirmed

2pm – 3pm: Workshop Three

How can we better support children and young people in the next 12-18 months?

Reports raising concerns around the mental health of children and young people have been prevalent in the press throughout the pandemic.  We have a role in supporting children and young people, but what is it?

Speakers: Justin Watson, Director, Young Manchester, others to be confirmed

3pm – 4 pm: Closing plenary

The Future - what has Covid-19  taught us about the future and what should we be doing differently now?

Covid-19 has presented multiple complex challenges throughout the sector and provided many learning opportunities along the way.  This plenary will look to the future and identify what can be done differently as a result of our collective experiences.   

Speakers: Laurice Ponting, Chief Executive, Housemark and Steve Douglas CBE, Chief Executive,St Mungo's


* Please note conference places are only available to fully paid up PlaceShapers member organisations and their representatives.


Organiser Details

Name: Charlotte Kay


Telephone: 07940111283

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