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1 Northamptonshire Community Housing Network

2 Helping people with Disability find a place to live

3 The Network Aims to help people …. 1.Have choice about where they live and find a home 2.Settle in and live happily as part of our communities 3.Find work and gain confidence by helping to run the Housing Network

4 How it works We are community led and Countywide Anyone can join - disabled / able bodied people and organisations Every one is equal We are a not for profit company and use a Total Coproduction approach

5 How it works We have ‘Members’ not staff or customers, and members are our workforce All members give some time to help run the Network We use Timebanking and mixture of funding to sustain ourselves We believe that we all have needs and skills, so lets share

6 Timebanking For every hour given to help others you receive 1 time credit And for every hour of help received you pay 1 time credit

7 People use Timecredits too.. Exchange for Network services they need To help each other with things at home To contribute to social activities

8 The Services We Offer Our services are available to young people and adults with disabilities, and the organisations and the families that support them

9 The Housing Training Programme Expanding our options What’s possible for me Living Happily in my new home Making a decision & moving

10 A Living and Working Skills Programme

11 Planning a move and making it happen

12 Expert by Experience Services We provide support to Local Councils, Housing and Care providers to make their services to people with disabilities better

13 Our Community Support Network Where members receive and provide support to each other The Timebank is at its heart

14 How we run the Network The Board manages day to day work The Network Steering Group directs the Board The Coordinator and Members do the work

15 Who makes up The Board 7 members 5 have disabilities We must have at least 50% disabled people on the Board

16 How We Sustain The Network Membership Income Sales Income Time Income Grant Income Donations In kind contributions

17 Our Achievements in our pilot year

18 Helping People with Housing We provided help to 55 people and organisations, this included…. 17 people, Families and organisations to find out about housing and think about their options We gave long term help to 10 people, of which:- 3 people we supported through the whole process to move

19 2 people, we are helped keep and manage their home 3 other people, we helped plan a move 1 person, we are helping with neighbour problems

20 Created Accessible Information Have produced a Housing Guide from the Housing Training Programme information Produced Teaching Programme with key learning outcomes for young people Produced an Easy read Choice based lettings guide with Housing Options Produced a Guide to Keyways for LD customers and families

21 Helped Improve Service Access 6 of us worked with Kettering Borough Council in Spring 2011 and 9 people with disabilities are working on a review at Northampton Council 2 people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BME) are helping, we are looking for more people

22 Resources we generated in our pilot year.. Members gave over 1200 hrs in time (equal to about £14,400) We received over £40,000 in income (£15,000 was earnt not grants Received about £2,000 in Kind help Total £value of all about - £56,400 % of Time credits and in kind = 30%

23 The Magic in what’s happening Members are enjoying helping and sharing They are growing in confidence People with disabilities are getting help with housing and with work

24 The Magic in what’s happening People who have not worked for a long time are helping to run the Network Some have become Directors of our Company Together we are being much more creative

25 Our Plans for the Future Recruit 2 – 3 Trainer / Facilitators to set up our main services areas They will develop Network members to learn to run each service area (5 - 10) We will have 4 service areas

26 CO-PRODUCTION The way we work

27 Our Experience of Using Coproduction Making the Northamptonshire Learning Disability Housing Plan 2011 Creating and Running the Housing Network

28 Coproduction - what is it means to us EQUAL SHARING OF POWER, CONTROL AND RESPONSIBILITY Between people and professionals to plan for and meet our needs

29 Moving From Them and Us To Us

30 Coproduction - what is it means to us Planning, sharing and doing as equals Managing and sharing risk Everyone taking and sharing responsibility Using a mixed range of resources to make us sustainable and reward all of us Using various methods to help everyone take part as equally

31 It has many levels From Basic Coproduction (e.g. planning an event) To Total Coproduction (e.g. running a company)

32 We use a…. Total Coproduction Approach

33 Hearing People’s Experience of Coproduction Ashley Tansley (A Community Member) Pat Ward ( A Former Commissioner)

34 ASHLEY’S COPRODUCTION EXPERIENCE (Ashley has a learning disability)

35 What the Housing Network has helped me to do I have more self confidence I have learnt how to become more independent I've learned new skills like speaking in public I’m learning how to manage a company I enjoy working in a group or in pairs

36 Something magical for me When I feel low It gives me a boost to know I am doing something worth while by being a member of the Network

37 PAT’S COPRODUCTION EXPERIENCE (Pat has is retired and has a visual impairment)

38 How It Feels doing it It feels very different from the way I’m used to working, having people we are aiming to help working along side us, instead of us making decisions on their behalf

39 The Positives Its more inclusive, people feel heard and also share creating answers together We all feel more equal and capable Its been great seeing people grow in confidence Professionals can see that people aren’t just needy but are also giving – it eases the load We hope our experience will help you have a go ‘Don’t give up its really is worth it !’

40 Our Coproduction Approach has been scored highly by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) Because we …….

41 Recognise people as assets People who need our services (our membership) also run our services

42 Build on people’s capabilities Members are learning how to:- Support themselves and each other Manage and run our services Create and run a business Train others to have housing choice Learn a broad range of work skills

43 Promote a giving and receiving approach Everyone has the chance to give and receive, people and organisations e.g – Ashley received about 60 hrs of help and gave about 120 hrs to help run the Network We see when we cooperate and share we can all benefit

44 Develop peer support networks This is the Nature of our organisation We include a;- - Business, Service Delivery network -Support network -Social network

45 Break down barriers between professionals and people People and organisations work together as equals A 1/3 of our members last year were professionals Members off help in the areas of service delivery they are drawn to

46 Rewarding everyone’s contribution We intend that members be rewarded with money and timecredits, where possible Last year members earnt over 1200 timecredits They spent nearly 400 timecredits on help with their housing needs

47 Blurring the Roles There is No distinction between staff and customers, professionals and people We blur duties and responsibilities Members use, create and deliver services and help run the company

48 We have created resources we that make the journey easier All our meeting notes are in easier read format Easy Read materials:- * The Learning Disability Housing Plan * A Choice based lettings Guide * Our Articles of Association * Housing tools and Information

49 Why we like it It helps us all to join in, we feel more in control and have fun seeing how to creatively meet out needs, and We get to do things many of us never dreamed of

50 Doing this together The challenges we all face right now are too fundamental for any one of us to solve alone The answers will come by working together, as equals, to tackle problems in new ways, with respect, humility and compassion for each other and ourselves

51 Lets get started

52 To see some of the work of the Community Housing Network (CHN) this year in pictures, please click on each of the following…. and

53 Becoming a Member People, families and organisations can join Charges are reasonable Each member gives a little time to help Being a member gives you discounts There are lots of ways to support us

54 If you have been inspired by what you’ve heard and want to join Speak to Marion Turner 01933 381467 or look at our website Or email

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