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Working with the Rethinking Homes Network

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We believe that it is through working collaboratively that real change can happen in social housing. With that in mind, several opportunities exist to contribute to the Network. Get in touch by emailing if any of the below opportunities interest you.

For tenants

We seek articles from tenants about their ideas to change and experiences of social housing. The focus needs to be aligned with our core themes of the allocation of empty homes, stigma, reflective and trauma-informed practice and thinking differently. If you have an idea for a writing, please get in touch. We offer a £20 gift for your time and follow a set of ethical standards regarding sharing personal stories.

For practitioners and housing sector organisations

We are seeking housing organisations to pilot a suite of training. The training is based on cutting-edge research that is recognised for its insightfulness through an ESRC research grant. The two modules we are keen to gain practitioner input on are the ‘thinking differently framework’ and the ‘reflective and trauma-informed practice’ module. In exchange for the free training, we ask for feedback on how applying the training worked or did not work and what the barriers and opportunities are that impacts the effectiveness of the training. The pilots will contribute to a project evaluation report that will be distributed to a broad range of stakeholders and housing policy networks. This is your chance to influence the future of professional standards in social housing.

We will share critical pieces and best practice reports that align with our core themes. We are particularly interested in insights into what needs to change in social housing organisations. Also, best practice reports that are evaluated preferably through a mixed-method evaluation. The journey is as important as the destination to us, so we are keen to hear the how of delivering change in services so that they more closely align with the experiences of tenants.

For researchers

We strongly support bringing experience, practice and research into closer alignment. We are happy to share project reports and advertise workshops and seminars on the website, as long as they align with our core themes. We are happy to hear from a broad range of researchers, so we include practitioner research for in sector qualifications, early career researchers, and of course the outputs of peer reviewed academic research.

We look forward to hearing with people keen to collaborate in making social housing better and ultimately a tenure of aspiration and high quality.

2 thoughts on “Working with the Rethinking Homes Network”

  1. I’d be happy to write a couple of articles, one on the subtleties of stigma – language used about and to people who rent from social landlords, controlling people via comms, use of nudge, the weird surveys we get sent, events to meet staff framed and facilitated by staff, expecting tenants to volunteer our professional input while all other consultants are paid. And one on the power of ABCD and co-production versus the embarassment of “engagement.”
    I’m not usually paid £20 for my work, though! Either happy to do it for free or for a normal writing fee.

    1. Hi Liz,

      thanks for your thoughtful comment. Can you please email to discuss further? An article about ABCD and co-production vs engagement I think would make an interesting article. The £20 is what we can gift at the moment in recognition of the time it takes to write. If you chose to write for free we encourage you to donate the amount as you wish. We also adhere to ethical guidelines regarding the telling of personal stories. It sounds like what you propose would be a think piece, which is a much appreciated contribution. I look forward to your email.


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