4th National Housing Support & Social Care Conference & Exhibition 2012 was a
"Surviving & Thriving in the Brave New World"
We had an amazing turn out with 250+ delegates, a big thank you to everyone that made it. This was an ideal networking, learning and problem solving opportunity.
The primary outcomes for the conference were:
• An understanding of consequences that will arise due to the public expenditure crisis.
• A broader understanding of the impact of Welfare Reform and Universal on Housing and Support providers & Intensive Housing Management.
• Clarity on what Social Return on Investment is and how it can convert intangible outcomes into financial equivalents, the facilitator also discussed what factors are used to calculate it.
• The forms of capital and revenue that will be available to fund housing support and social care services for venerable people
• An understanding of social investment and how it allows the use of financial capital to create social and financial returns. The facilitator also made clear which providers will be eligible.
The Briefings/Seminars held at the conference included the following:
1. The Welfare Reform Act & Intensive Housing Management.
2. How do we Access Funding from the NHS for Preventative Services?
3. Payment By Results: What Does It Mean & How Do We Respond?
4. Social Return On Investment: What Is It & How Do We Calculate It?
5. What is Social Investment & Can We Have Some?
Our keynote speaker this year was the "Big Issue" founder and social entrepreneur Dr John Bird MBE, a very well-known and thought-provoking speaker.
We had excellent feedback about our keynote speaker some responses were:
An inspiring storey, entertaining and thought provoking, it is always up lifting to hear how a single person and their vision can change so many lives, thank you. S.W
An amazing character with a wealth of real experience in the shaping of modern social history - very easy to listen to as a raconteur. H.F
We also selected a centrally located venue at the ICC Birmingham. This was not a profit-making event: it was an opportunity for the housing support & social care sector to meet, network and strategize about how they can continue to accommodate and/or support vulnerable people in an increasingly hostile financial environment.
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The Feedback about the conference has been great.
I really found it an excellent conference- relevant topics and well selected facilitators who knew their stuff and were engaging. K.M - YMCA
I always find that Michael Patterson is current, well informed and has focus exactly where I need it. J.C - Two Saints
The key strength was that Support Solutions remains at the cutting edge of the changes going on and are able to share and involve clients on a timely basis. S.S - Sanctuary Supported Living
I attended in 2010 and 2012 and both events were inspirational. I'm going to try and attend annually from now on. I am confident that the ideas I have taken from the conference will shape my organisation's business strategy over the next few years. - G.M - The Society of St James
I thought it was very well balanced - up to date news and information to improve existing knowledge, then backed by some subjects (SROI and Social Impact Bonds) that were very new to me, and very valuable. Excellent all round. O.A - Henley Healthcare Homes
Shervorne and team are amazing! Well done. Thank you. H.F - Yarrow Housing
Welfare Reform aspect was very relevant and very well presented, best workshop of the day. E.O - NPTCBC
Very Well organised, great workshops and a good chance to network. T.B - SHYPP
Availability of choices of seminars to choose from, with 3 on the same day which saves money and time and a relaxed atmosphere.
The topics and range of seminars on offer was very relevant to today's supported housing world. H.F - Yarrow Housing
Good range of well informed and relevant workshops which ran to time. A.S - ALS Training
The welfare reform topics are current issues which everyone is worried about so good to get an update. The SROI agenda also links into strategic thinking of most companies so again worthwhile. I.A - Calico Homes