Supporting Communities staff, Colm McDaid and Sheenagh McNally along with Bernie Burns, a community representative from Drumellan Community Association, traveled to Scotland in November to attend TPAS Scotland’s Annual Conference and National Good Practice Awards 2016 held at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.
The event hosted over 400 delegates from all over Scotland and the Isles with the majority being tenant representatives. Also traveling from Northern Ireland were delegates from Choice Housing including three from their Central Tenants Forum.
The conference programme was full to the brim with over 30 workshops to choose from. The workshop sessions provided a wealth of information on a diverse array of housing-related topics, from scrutiny to housing people with dementia, digital projects, Scottish Social Housing Charter, mediation services, involving tenants in the review of housing services and much, much more. The sessions were informative and informal with ample opportunity to ask questions and importantly to network and make useful contacts.
Supporting Communities had a key role at this year’s conference and was honoured to present the closing session on Sunday Morning. Sheenagh McNally guided the audience through Supporting Communities involvement in Inter-Agency work over the last two decades and demonstrated the impact and value by discussing real life community stories. Her presentation concluded with a short video on Interagency working. The presentation was very warmly received and it was a terrific opportunity to showcase the great work that is going on every day here in Northern Ireland.