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NIFHA holds successful Social Housing Practitioners Conference

Published on: 1 April, 2016

Housing practitioner staff gathered at the Park Avenue Hotel on 24th March for NIFHA’s first-ever Social Housing Practitioner Conference.

Around 80 delegates attended the successful event, where they considered and discussed the many challenges and opportunities they face in their front-line roles.

During what was an action-packed programme, an expert line-up of local and UK-wide speakers gave presentations on many of the changes on the horizon for practitioner staff.

Fold’s Director of Housing Eileen Patterson gave an overview of welfare reform and Helen Barton, Lead Advisor with Highland Community Resources, highlighted the impact welfare reform has had on the Scottish social housing sector, offering some interesting insights for Northern Ireland.

Jon Metcalfe and John Kavanagh from the Liverpool Housing Trust gave a very interesting presentation on the difficult issue of dealing with hoarding.

Kevin Bloomfield from the Housing Executive and Kevin O’Neill from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service jointly explored the safety challenges facing social housing and local experts from Apex, Fold, Clanmil, Choice, Connswater, Supporting Communities NI,  Newington, PSNI and many other local organisations gave a sector overview as well as practical advice on a wide range of issues, including data protection, maintenance and tenant engagement.

The event was also a good chance to meet with sponsor Aico and Exhibitors Curo Software, Payplan, Patient Client Council, NI Alternatives, Community Restorative Justice Ireland and Linking Generations NI to find out about their products and services.

To view photos and comments on the event visit our Twitter page and use #NIFHA16

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