Attend this week’s sessions

Join some or all of our ‘Together for Safety’ sessions.  We have an inspirational lineup of speakers.

An hour or two scheduled in your diary this week could inspire you to help work closer with colleagues, residents, suppliers and authorities – to deliver even safer homes.

All online events are free to attend. Book as many as you like and invite your colleagues and suppliers too!

Calendar of Events

10.00 – 11.00

‘A Look at the Work of the Orbit Damp, Mould and Condensation Taskforce’
Jayne Lombardi, Project Director, Orbit Group

The sector was shocked and deeply saddened by the events leading to Awaab’s Law. The DLUHC has recently published extensive guidance for housing providers to tackle damp and mould. Join this session to understand how Orbit is approaching this potentially life-threatening and socially damaging problem. The ASCP will also be showcasing its new damp and mould video – specifically developed for Members to help residents understand this issue.

Monday 6th November - Together with Residents

14.00 - 15.00

‘A Tale of Two Cities’
Sara Woodall, Director of Customer Experience, Connexus

Learn from how Connexus, based in Shropshire and Herefordshire, has engaged with and involved customers in all things health and safety. Hear about the good, the bad and the ugly, the lessons learned and the highlights, low-downs and show-downs on the journey.

Monday 6th November

10.00 - 11.00

‘The Housing Ombudsman Service: Spotlight on Damp and Mould’
Victoria King, Sector Learning and Development Lead, Housing Ombudsman

Who are we? What are Housing Ombudsman Spotlight Investigations? What did we find in our original investigation into damp and mould in the social housing sector? What has changed since the original Ombudsman report? What is still being seen? And to finish – what are the next steps for the Ombudsman with damp and mould?

Tuesday 7th November - Together with Authorities

12.00 – 13.00

‘Changes to Electrical Safety Regulations in Social Housing’
John Vaughan, Head of Technical & Regulation, CORGI Technical Services

The Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 – Section 11 is bringing changes to electrical safety requirements for the social housing. This will have an impact on inspection and testing of electrical installations and landlord owned electricl appliances. Will you be ready?!

Tuesday 7th November

14.00 - 15.00

‘Gaining Access for Safety Checks in Social Housing’
Claire Heyes, President, ASCP

Access cannot continue to be regarded as solely a ‘compliance issue’ with all the responsibility placed on the compliance teams alone – it requires a much broader approach. Join this session to understand potentially new ways of working.

Tuesday 7th November

10.00 – 11.00

‘Keeping Residents Safe – Fire Detection in Homes in relation to Document B of the Building Regulations and recommendations set in BS5839-Part 6’
David Cunningham, Area Specification Manager. Kidde

Wednesday 8th November - Together as a Sector

14.00 - 15.00

‘Building Safety: Working together to shape the new regulatory regimes and improve Building Safety’
Matt Hodges-Long, Founder of TrackMyRisks and the Building Safety Register

This session explores how registered social landlords, consultants, suppliers and other stakeholders can work together to influence Government, Building Safety Regulator and Fire Service to develop their thinking and procedures to improve rather than undermine Building Safety.

Wednesday 8th November

14.00 - 15.00

‘Orbit’s Opt-out on the Race to the Bottom – a Case Study’
Neil Yeomans, Head of Property and Technology, Orbit Group

A significant amount of services we provide to tenants involve procuring 3rd party services and at a time when there is drive to keep costs under control.  Having been publicly slammed by Judith Hackett who described the sector as on a race to the bottom, it is fundamental that procurement of services must prioritise SAFETY and long-term value.  Hear how Orbit has navigated this safety vs cost dilemma.


Thursday 9th November - Together with Colleagues

10.00 - 11.00

‘Resident Safety: Working together to deliver an emergency planning blueprint’
Mark Sayer, Director of Safety & Resilience, Abri

This session will describe how Abri Group stepped beyond Business Continuity and brought together a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that an effective plan was in place to support its customers and communities in the event of an emergency. The session will also show what happened when the plan was swiftly tested by a fire in a block of flats in Gosport…

Friday 10th November - Together with Colleagues

This schedule of events may be subject to change.