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Slieve Donard Hotel

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NIFHA's 2017 Annual Conference returns for the 2nd year running to the beautiful seaside venue of Slieve Donard, Newcastle, Co Down at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.

This year's event will deliver a series of keynote presentations and panel discussions on the key strategic issues that will be impacting on the social housing sector over the next 12 months including:
- The Challenges of delivering Universal Credit
- Where from here for Supporting People?
- Transformation in practice: the digital evolution and the structural evolution
- Developing new homes in times of uncertainty
- Leading growth and excellence
- The changing face of PR and communications in housing
- Housing safety, accountability and regulation: what board members need to know.

Conference dinner

Nikki Bradley

The inspirational Nikki Bradley will deliver this year's keynote address, "Overcoming Adversity" at the conference dinner on Thursday night.

Diagnosed at the age of 16 with a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma, Nikki had to undergo not one but two total hip replacement operations by the time she was 26. Undeterred, Nikki decided to raise awareness of the condition by setting up the Fighting Fit for Ewing's charity and taking on daunting physical challenges to highlight the importance of exercise for rehabilitation. She's scaled an Icelandic glacier on crutches, abseiled off a lighthouse in Donegal, attempted Guinness World Record for the fastest woman to complete a 5k on crutches and finished the gruelling Winter Fan Dance, a 24km trek across the Brecon Beacons in Wales, also on crutches.

In recognition of her achievements, Nikki has been nominated for an Outsider Magazine and a World Women of the Year Award: previous winners of the latter include Tina Turner, Nicole Kidman and Julie Walters.

Conference Programme
(additional sessions to be confirmed)

  • Keynote Address, Ian Snowden, Director of Housing, Policy and Performance, Dept. for Communities

  • Getting Ready for Universal Credit
    - Overview of Universal Credit - Paul Armstrong, NIFHA
    - The Challenges for Landlords - Heather McLaughlin, River Clyde Homes
    - The Challenges for Tenants - Rhiannon Sims, Citizens Advice Scotland

  • Providing the best possible health and social care for vulnerable people - Maurice O'Kane, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • How Supporting People is affecting delivery on the ground - Fiona McAnespie, Radius Housing

  • Impact of Supporting People on Homelessness - Ricky Rowledge, CHNI

  • Early Intervention Family Support Services, - Helen Dunn, Regional Family Support Hub Co-Ordinator, Family Support NI

  • Empowering Communities to make positive life and work changes for themselves - Roland Sewell MBE, Goals UK

  • Leading Growth and Excellence - Ruth Cooke, Midland Heart

  • Developing new homes in times of uncertainty - Tom Barclay (Wheatley Housing Group), Carol McTaggart (Clanmil Housing) and Mark Currie (Donaghmore Construction)

  • The Digital Evolution in Housing - David Maginnes, Novosco

  • Transforming Housing Management - Serena Jones, Coastal Housing Group

  • The emerging platforms of PR and communications in housing - Katie Doran, Lanyon Communications

  • Communicating with our Customers - Helen Reynolds, Social for the People

  • Social Landlord Responsibilities: what board members need to know - Michael Barnett, Grant Thornton

  • Local experiences following Grenfell Tower tragedy, common problems encountered - Geoff Somerville, NIFRS

  • How do we ensure we have effective tenant and community engagement? - John Giesen, TPAS

  • Destitute Asylum Seekers and Housing Associations: what are we allowed to do? - Andy McCracken, Community Foundation NI

  • Delivering Social Homes in a Challenging and Changing Environment - Andy Peers, StraightForward UK

  • Brexit - The Pros and Cons with Councillor Lee Reynolds and Conall McDevitt, Hume Brophy

Booking Information

  • Full Conference (Two days plus Thursday Evening Conference Dinner)
    Complimentary evening drinks reception on Wed 27th Sept 7pm-9pm for early registrations
    Housing Association/Jt Managing Partner £320
    NIFHA Associate £400
    Non Member £425

  • Thursday Only (Excludes Dinner) NB: Dinner bookings for one-day delegates to be booked separately
    Housing Association/Joint Management Partner £230
    NIFHA Associate £290
    Non-Member £305

  • Friday Only
    Housing Association/Joint Management Partner £120
    NIFHA Associate £150
    Non-Member £170

  • Thursday Dinner
    Housing Association/Joint Management Partner £55
    NIFHA Associate £70
    Non-Member £75

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