MOVERS & SHAKERS
Recent Projects and Clients
Strategy, Planning and Performance
Pentland Housing Association: Governance and Operational Policy Reviews
Working as a sub-contractor with North Star Consulting and Research to conduct a Rent Review and Affordability Assessment; including preparation of community profile, peer group comparability and focus group consultation.
Working as lead contractor to review a number of governance and associated policies including Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Grants for Community Groups, Complaints and Procurement; to support in the delivery of internal audit recommendations.
Lochaber Housing Association: Operational Policy Reviews
An extended commission over several months to review and develop four suites of operational policies. These have included reviews on a broad range of issues, including: Scottish Secure Tenancy and shared ownership issues; estate management and service charges; tenancy management, repairs and recharging policies and empty property management. We have also researched and developed new policies for the Association on responding to Domestic Abuse; and shared ownership re-sales, taking into account on local market conditions, association objectives, and good practice.
Step it Up Highland (SIUH) : Project Evaluation and Options Appraisal
Commissioned by the project's parent charity Partnerships for Wellbeing. Evaluating a programme of successful volunteer led health walks provided across all areas of the Highlands following a period of rapid expansion and high demand: to assess the achievements of the 14-year project and consider it's future direction; to assess efficiency of use of existing resources; provide options for sustainable and flexible operating structures; and to scan future grant and income generating opportunities.
The Improvement Support Hub for Place, Home and Housing: Capturing the Learning from Adapting for Change Demonstration Sites
Commissioned by the Health & Social Care improvement Hub (iHub) with the Adapting for Change team. Collating lessons and good practice examples for wider sharing and learning from demonstration projects testing various strands of improvement. These follow the recommendations of the Scottish Government working group report on housing adaptations., of which Helen Barton was previously a member. Working with the 5 demonstration sites across Scotland, in the Borders, Aberdeen, Lochaber, Falkirk and Fife. The practice notes are published on Scotland's Housing Network site.
Ogilvie Independent Consulting : Private sector tenancy management; landlord policy
Working as a sub-contractor to support OIC to research and develop a comprehensive guidance document for a landlord with a small portfolio of private sector tenancies; Guiding the organisation to better understand and manage legal and regulatory responsibilities for tenancy and property management in line with good practice and current legislation.
North Star Consultancy and Research
Supporting the work of NSCR in an associate capacity to support housing association clients to review organisational structure, develop good governance and complete regulatory assurance self-assessment frameworks.
Community Action Plans and Asset Mapping
Leading the development of a Community Action Plan approach for a rural Highland community council; including planning for community asset mapping, engaging stakeholder groups, and community consultation.
Working with North Star Consulting and Research, to develop a community profile, map community assets; and to facilitate consultation with local residents and stakeholder organisations. Research and consultation reports informed the development of a Community Action Plan for a community based housing association in Glasgow Southside.
Shetland Islands Council : Housing Needs Feasibility Studies
Lead consultant in partnership with Lockhart Consulting. Commissioned by Shetland Islands Council on behalf of the Waas Community Development Group and the Northmavine Community Development Company to study how housing provision can help to sustain communities in remote rural areas of the Shetland mainland. The project includes identification of need and demand at small area level, including barriers to access, the impact on local employment and community sustainability. Community consultation will supplement other existing data to inform the viability of future tenure options projects on identified sites.
SEAchange, Collieston, Aberdeenshire
Supporting a recently formed SCIO with community engagement prior to acquisition of assets for community use; including producing a community update, facilitating a community ballot and provision of independent advice
HISEZ: Housing for Older People research
Assisting HISEZ to carry out evaluation of options for housing to meet the needs of older people in a small, remote community: Providing an overview of current and emerging best practice models, and analysis of existing data and research on housing and community needs for the community needs to identify appropriate options
Knockbain Community Council : Project Planning and Small Grant Applications
Working with the community council to develop a website and social media presence. Development of an initial project plan to support the community-led management and maintenance of amenity ground and picnic area. Scoping initial proposals and budget requirements, and submitting successful applications for small grants to fund the project start-up phase.
RASASH : Information and Resource Pack for Supporter Fundraising
Developing a fun and user friendly resource pack to help supporters of RASASH (Rape and Sexual Abuse Service, Highland) to plan effective fundraising activities to raise funds for the charity; that also promote strong messages and encourage community action to challenge attitudes, stop sexual violence happening, and provide support to victims.
Highland Small Communities Housing Trust: Site Evaluations
Assisting HSCHT with the pre-appraisal of potential development sites, including initial site visits and discussions with owners, desktop research of planning and site constraints, and analysis of local housing requirements and community interests.
Leadership, Training & Development
Partnerships for Wellbeing : Interim Management
Supporting the Trustees and staff of a small charity that promotes health and wellbeing services through a period of change: supporting staff to carry out their duties; improving channels of communication; assisting the Board to advance and funding applications and report to existing funders; and progressing recruitment of a permanent manager.
The Highland Council and DWP : Universal Credit; Learning from Experience
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations: Governing Body Members Conference
Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations: 1st Practitioners Conference
SHARE: Bitesize Briefing session; Annual Conference workshop delivery
Eydent Forum of Ayrshire Housing Associations: Housing Conference
Providing practitioner focussed insights as Plenary Session Speaker or workshop facilitator at events sharing operational experience and lessons from the live roll-out of Universal Credit and the development of approaches to Successful Tenancies . Delegates appreciated the opportunity to hear about practical landlord experiences and to learn how they can best prepare themselves and their tenants for changes ahead – with the number and quality of questions following each session demonstrating a lively interest in and thirst to learn from the Highland experiences.
Chartered Institute of Housing : Career Mentoring
Drawing from extensive career and leadership experience; providing mentoring support and coaching to members to explore future career paths and targeted personal development activities.