A groundwork for social housing WB: MTVH’s Jonathan Reeves

Jonathan Reeves is part of the groundworks team working across the Metropolitan Housing estate in Nottingham and Derby. Living in Derby with a young family he’s part of Dale Hayward’s and Shaun Thompson’s team with partner Jeremy Bult Working on groundworks mean they’re involved in anything: Jonathan is repointing cement around the drain at the rear […]

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Housing associations are giving us the template for 100% achievement 100% inclusion as a norm

Featured image: Architecture and Urbanism’s People Powered Places brand that raises the possibilities for more representative neighbourhoods and communities, more of the time. In social housing there’s been a debate over the last forty years about how the cost of managing the privately owned housing estate can be efficiently run, supervised and scaled as well […]

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live with class: (forget status) have a conversation today, get to know people…

Featured Image: Let’s Love Our Community on The Disruptive Inequalities blog How can we reconnect the aspirations of working class people who rent privately and in social housing with the aspirations of people who have mortgages, who have bought their homes? Because we need people to make meaningful relationships across class, age, ethnicities, genders that […]

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How to be more to each other: levelling up: conversations we need to have

Featured Image: how a watercolour of Hucknall by JC Hallam adds a softness and diversity we all seek in the neighbourhood. The divides in neighbourhoods everywhere need to be mended by new kinds of relationship between professional people and working class people where instead of deferring the problems they each see under their noses they […]

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Just say No to charles murray’s shock-jock sociologies

Charles Murray is an American right wing shock-journalist activist, nurtured and paid to become a sociologist propagandist for conservative eugenics over the last forty years. Murray began his transatlantic campaign during the Thatcher/Reagonmics era when the idea of how restricting the capacities, representation of working class people through agency, gig and gang labour under/overemployment and […]

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Bringing 100% achievement in work to motivate everyone: it’s the culture stoopid!

Featured image: Duncan Johnson Street Cleaner, Telford Morton below: Irene Welburn, Nurse Brown ‘Every so often a moment comes along that snaps everything into sharp focus… this chapter in history has seen society shift its attention on to some of the people in this country who are not usually afforded the spotlight.’ Edward Enninful, Editor […]

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The power of the people when they are included more of the time: we can do it much much better

Featured Image: A Vegetal City by Solar Punk architect Luc Schuiten profiled on Rob Hopkins blog Since the introduction of the category ‘limiting long term illness’ in the census in 1991 we’re beginning to realise that it wasn’t ever used in the way people living in Britain expected. Census data has been used to enable venture […]

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The Case of Tony Hickmott and the underground railway of caring in the uk

Featured Image: Tony Hickmott and parents at 13: when he was 26 he was deprived of his liberty, incarcerated in a Assessment and Treatment facility that changed ownership, managership and client group many times during his eighteen years of incarceration In Black History month it’s worth thinking about the parallels of the underground railway that […]

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social renting tenants and landlords working together: MTVH Customer voice one of many change makers

At MTVH (Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing) in Nottingham and the East Midlands, there’s an awareness of how all the teams that make the organisation need to work together with tenants that’s being rolled out across the new tenant engagement platform.  It’s called Customer Voice and I think it’s come at a time where it’s part of a wider social recognition that […]

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Moving into a Do No Harm Culture: Housing

Featured image and images in the article from David Whitfield’s Evening Post article on social housing in Nottingham 08:00, 13 JAN 2019 UPDATED 08:31, 17 AUG 2020 4.4 million people rent social housing: individual, group, company, voluntary and charitable landlords have 5.5 million names on private rented contracts: Generation Rent calculate that when family members […]

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