Social Value Conference – Engineering Social Value

Universal Credit, continuing austerity, Brexit uncertainties, poor mental health and inequality are all real concerns affecting tenants, communities and social housing providers. Now, more than ever, housing organisations need to think about the social value their business contributes to local areas


In its further guidance to the Social Value Act, the Government has recognised that generating social value is essential to mitigating problems that are faced within communities. This applies to all stakeholders, whether social housing managers and staff, contractors and suppliers, or tenants, board members and the regulator. Everyone has a role to play in meeting these challenges.

How, though, do we move forward? How can we adapt our thinking and use the strength of our organisations and our partners to maximise our social value impact? We understand why social value is important but now is the time to push social value further – to incorporate it into every part of a business so that housing organisations can see the real, long-term social value they are generating.

The Northern Housing Consortium, in conjunction with HACT, will hold their fifth annual Social Value conference on Wednesday, 6 February at Cloth Hall Leeds.

The event will consist of a combination of plenary sessions and practical, interactive mini-masterclasses from thought leaders and practitioners. The conference will be both challenging and stimulating allowing delegates to critically assess their own strategies and come away with new ideas to build social value throughout their organisations. Delegates will learn how to take advantage of the opportunities in the current social value policy context for the benefit of your communities, the importance of social value from a board perspective, and how to maximise the involvement of tenants.

Workshops will include discussions about the practical application of social value information for service improvement, different social value perspectives from around the UK, generation of social value through the built environment, and how the newly launched Centre for Excellence in Community Investment can measure impact beyond social value.

It promises to be an enlightening day and, with a successful track record of housing-centric social value conferences under out belts, the NHC and HACT look forward to welcoming you, challenging you and educating you on this vital topic.