National Conversation Social Housing Event

On Thursday 7 December, Shepherds Bush Housing Group hosted a National Conversation event at The Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury. The event was part of ongoing workshops and sessions enabling social housing residents to meet with the Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma to discuss any concerns, suggestions and ideas relating to social housing after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

The event was one of various sessions and workshops, held at different locations throughout the country, with the intention of bringing forward a Green Paper on social housing in 2018. The Green Paper will provide a wide-ranging review, ensuring the interests of social housing residents is included to help start a national conversation on social housing. More than 100 residents from across the capital attended the day to help raise awareness of the issues important to them.

Shepherds Bush Housing Group (SBHG) contacted Sapphire’s CEO, Heather Thomas, directly to ask if any of our residents were interested in attending the event. We are very pleased that Robert, one of our Conway House residents, attended the day as a representative for Sapphire residents.

The event covered areas including fire safety, building homes, funding, ongoing maintenance and management of social housing, the general perception of social housing residents and the way they are represented in the media. Robert found the day both interesting and informative.

I was pleased I attended as a representative for Sapphire but also for hostel based temporary accommodation in general, of which there wasn’t a great deal of representation on the day.

Robert has kindly put together a summary of his understanding of the day and what he feels are the important comments and issues raised on the day.

Thank you once again to Robert for attending the day and helping to raise issues that are important to our residents. We look forward to hearing the feedback Robert is due to receive from the Minister about the day and how the views and ideas of all the resident representatives, who attended, will be utilised for the forth-coming Green Paper.

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