A new ‘Centre for Excellence in Community Investment’, designed to share innovation and good practice, has been has been launched by the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT) with Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, one of the four founding partners.
The centre has been founded to advance the impact of community investment at the core of social housing and will curate resources, research and evidence to support community investment professionals. During its formative years, the centre will be developed, maintained and managed by HACT.
In the coming months, HACT will be hosting a series of roadshows across the UK, sharing thoughts and ideas with community investment professionals and encouraging them to share their needs, hopes and requirements for the centre.
Clarion Futures is investing £150 million over 10 years to deliver one of the largest social investment programmes in the country, with a particular focus on jobs and training, money management and young people. In its first year, Clarion Futures supported over 3,000 people into employment, helped more than 3,200 residents access free debt advice and engaged 200 young people in community ambassador programmes.
The other founding partners of the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment are L&Q, Orbit and Peabody.
Phil Miles, Director of Clarion Futures said:
"I am very pleased Clarion Futures will be a founding member of Centre for Excellence in Community Investment. Transforming the lives of our residents and communities is a core ambition of Clarion Housing Group and I am looking forward to sharing new ideas and working together to develop innovative ways to support our residents."
Andrew van Door, Chief Executive of HACT, said:
"We want the Centre to play a critical role in helping housing associations deliver their social purpose and create thriving communities. We also envisage it providing an interface between social housing and other sectors, unlocking collaboration, innovation and resources to deliver greater impact for tenants and communities across the UK."