Brighter Futures

Presented by Dr Sian Williams

In My Shoes

The 2022 Better Social Housing Review challenged housing associations to go back and look at their core purpose – providing decent, safe homes for those who can’t afford the market. With increasing numbers unable to afford a decent, safe home, the review asked organisations to consider what is being done to offer individuals a brighter future?

We spoke with CIH President Lara Oyedele about her presidential campaign ‘In My Shoes’ aims to raise awareness of the importance of lived experience and racial diversity in the housing sector.

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In one of the largest programmes of its kind, Cambridge City Council, in partnership with house builder Hill, is working to provide hundreds of new Council homes; with sustainability and wellbeing for tenants at the project’s heart.

Supporting communities to thrive

As well as providing homes for their tenants, Gloucester City Homes is investing locally, to create job opportunities, support businesses and supply chains while also ensuring that those most in need are supported and have a safe and affordable home.

Sustainable and happier communities

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Stability at home

Now more than ever, there is a real need for a feeling of stability in one's home. Newcastle City Council are determined to ensure this for every one of their tenants, through a sustainable approach to housing that centres on all-round support and individualised solutions.

Creative approaches to housing

When the demand for more social housing is high yet the amount of suitable ground on which to build is low, more creative approaches are needed. Reading Borough Council is finding new ways to deliver accommodation that is energy-efficient and sustainably built.

Safe and secure

Housing is an essential part of the support needed for survivors of domestic abuse. National refuge provider, “Survivors against Domestic Abuse”, is empowering and aiding those who are forced to leave their home, by providing somewhere safe and secure to move to.

A community focus

Thakeham's approach to placemaking involves building sustainable, resilient, and integrated communities that prioritise the well-being of their residents as well as preserving biodiversity and achieving zero carbon emissions for the surrounding areas.

Living independently in Preston

UK-wide specialist finance group, Together is helping to develop a supported living scheme in Preston that will allow people with a range of complex needs to live as independently as possible, promoting inclusion and reduction in social assistance.

Gavin Smart, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

Presenter Sian Williams spoke with Gavin Smart about the aims of The Better Social Housing Review, set up by the CIH and the National Housing Federation; how housing associations can help their residents during the cost-of-living crisis, and how sustainability is key to development plans.

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Presented by

Dr Sian Williams

Dr Sian is an award-winning journalist of 35 years standing, who spent over a decade anchoring BBC Breakfast and more than six years hosting Channel 5 News. Her warmth and interview skills make her one of the best-known and most versatile broadcasters in British TV and radio.

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Chartered Institute of Housing

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people who work in housing, the independent voice for housing, and the home of professional standards. CIH has a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sector housing, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. The organisation’s goal is to support housing professionals to create a future in which everyone has a place to call home by providing housing professionals and their organisations with the advice, support, and knowledge they need. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation with any profit made put back into the organisation to fund the activities carried out to support the housing sector.

For more information visit the CIH website

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