CIH Housing 2020: What is it? When is it? How do I sign up?

  07 SEPTEMBER, 2020
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The annual Housing 2020 Conference is the must-attend event for anyone connected with the Housing sector. For the first year ever, the conference moves online in a virtual experience like no other.

What is Housing 2020?

Operated annually by the Chartered Institute of Housing, its Housing Conference is Europe's largest. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, 2020 sees the conference become a virtual for one year only. 

This online festival encompasses all the best components of the annual Housing conference from your own choice of venue – problem-solving, best practice, and the opportunity to network with peers in the sector.

Speakers include government ministers such as the secretary of state for housing, the housing minister, welfare reform minister, alongside some of the leading and most influential names in housing today.

Plus, 200 national and international speakers, thousands of delegates, and 5 days of innovation and solutions.

Here are our top picks of the speaker sessions at Housing 2020. 

When is it?

The conference takes place between Monday 7th of September and concludes on Friday 11th, starting each day at 8 am and concluding (officially) at 5 pm.

There are plenty of social engagement opportunities both in the morning and evenings, however, including breakfast briefings, housing quizzes, karaoke, and morning yoga classes.

Will Novus be there?

Yes, Novus are one of the main sponsors of the even and have a stand located at the conference, which you can view by following this link (if you have already signed up)

This year, Novus will be donating £2 (up to a maximum of £1000) for every passport stamped when visiting the Novus stand to Crisis, the homeless charity.

We're also really excited to be part of a speaking event at the conference, where our own Sophie Seddon and John Palfreyman will take centre stage to discuss the benefits of agile working for housing associations.

If you're interested, just sign up and join them at the Fringe virtual theatre on Tuesday 8th September at 11.45am.

How do I sign up for Housing 2020?

Signing up is easy and free (for visitors).

Just follow this registration link and follow the instructions!

We hope to see you there.

sign for horton lodge school


Novus were already working on a building refurbishment contract at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, where 3 respite overnight bedrooms were in need of redecoration. Novus and supply partner Dulux were happy to donate materials to the cause.  Horton Lodge Community Special School Situated in the picturesque lakeside village of Rudyard in Staffordshire, lies Horton Lodge School. As a special school, it aims to "provide high-quality teaching and learning where children are challenged and every individual is valued." The school caters for children aged from 2 to 11 years with physical disabilities, with many of the pupils experiencing additional learning difficulties, complex communication needs, and visual and / or hearing impairments. As the Stoke Sentinel reported in September, Horton Lodge was one of five Staffordshire schools that stood to lose funding for children’s overnight stays from this term before the funding cuts were ultimately put on hold. The refurbishment contract Horton Lodge has a residential provision known as "Kiplings" so named due to its proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for the school's children and young people.  The provision is designed to help build independent living skills as children learn to feed and bathe themselves, read to each other, and take part in creative activities. As part of the works, 3 bedrooms within Kiplings were in desperate need of refurbishment and redecoration, as the windows tended to leak into the rooms causing damp damage to the flooring and skirting. Novus were awarded the contract to carry out the refurbishments on the school, these works included: Refitting windows and doors to bedrooms Replacing the carpets Roof repairs Boiler replacement Shower refurbishments When complete, the refurbishments were described as a "real boost" to the school by the Headteacher. Donation of materials At the time, Horton Lodge were asking for donations of paint and curtains to redecorate their bedrooms in time for the return of the children after the summer break. Novus sourced the curtains and window tracks from a local Staffordshire supplier and donated them for use in the bedrooms. Supply partners Dulux also kindly donated the paint required to redecorate the bedrooms, which equated to over 65 litres free of charge. The school caretaker then decorated the bedrooms himself. Chris Lear, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Novus Property Solutions said: "It was our pleasure to donate these materials to Horton Lodge, the work they do with young people here is inspirational and we hope the children enjoy their new bedrooms."


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