Monday 21st October 2019
Some unseen Placemaking challenges for Housing Associations and Social Housing Providers emerged:
Cathryn Vallender spoke about the placemaking challenges faced by a large housing association with a mix of mature and new estates. She shared Alliance’s sometimes surprising resident satisfaction survey results, which used questions about how residents feel about where they live, whether they feel safe in their neighbourhood and proud of it, to indicate quality of life. People from a well-known estate which has had its share of issues in the past were among the most satisfied and many reported feeling safe in their community.
Stuart Francis-Dubois of Tamar Housing Association talked about their distinctive approach. As a smaller Housing Association, they have taken the opportunity to be more flexible and innovative: working with Rentplus has enabled the association to provide more houses and offer the aspiration that tenants could own their own homes in the future.
Their team works with the philosophy 'nothing about us without us' and sees everyone as having a value and valuable expertise - we are all an expert in our own experience. They have been training people who have experienced homelessness to share their expertise and support with others for mutual benefit.
Architects and urban designers see Placemaking as making a physical place that will allow a community to develop. It is clear that while careful design and quality construction are important to avoid the pitfalls of the past, the things that make a community thrive and prosper are harder to see. These were themes developed more in an open floor session.
100 years of social housing in Bristol
It is 100 years since the Addison act, aiming to solve the housing crisis of a century ago with good quality healthy homes. Some of the first developments were built in areas like Sea Mills, Knowle and Hillfields.
Women in Bristol have had a pivotal role in the development and design of social housing, which led to the Addison Act. Since the 1800s women like Hilda Cashmore of the Barton Hill Settlement (set up in 1909) and quaker campaigners noticed the disproportionately adverse effect on women of lack of access to healthy safe housing. A legacy to be proud of in the Southwest. The publication 'Homes for Heroes' is available for free at the link below. It’s a fun informative read.
A fascinating history of 100 years of social housing in Bristol: https://thebristolcable.org/2019/04/from-homes-for-heroes-to-a-housing-crisis-a-potted-history-of-bristols-council-housing/
Our Christmas networking event be held on 5th December at Horts, Broad Street Bristol, 4pm -8pm with a raffle in aid of Help Homeless Bristol. Solely funded by donations this group provide outreach to homeless in Bristol and provide hot meals, support, clothing and welfare packs. Watch this space for booking details!
Next year we have fantastic events for Women who have a passion for social housing, including Mentoring, Wellbeing, Networking, and more expertise in Housing. Future events are always based on the great feedback we get from WISH event participants. We look forward to seeing you there!
Tuesday 17th December 2019
Attracting a new generation of women into a career in housing should be one of the sector's key priorities for 2020, according to the Women in Social Housing (WISH) group.Read More