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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

New training schedule available to book

Housing Rights has a great new programme of courses running until December 2016, covering all aspects of delivering housing advice including welfare reform, housing debt, accessing housing, antisocial behavior and more.

All courses can be booked online, or by emailing training@housingrights.org.uk.

The Housing Advice Training Programme

This October in Derry / Londonderry, we are running our best selling accredited Housing Advice Training Programme. This is the must have foundational course for those working in housing. The four day format concentrates on key themes of homelessness, selection scheme, accessing and sustaining accommodation and housing options.

Welfare Reform: Implications on the Home

When advising clients on the changes that welfare reform will bring, it is vital that advisers are aware of the implications it will have on the home. Our course will give you the knowledge you need to help those impacted, especially for low income and vulnerable households. 

The Essentials

We have a range of Essential courses covering accessing social housing, housing benefit and the four homelessness tests. These courses range will give you the practical skills needed to assist anyone applying for housing benefit, or trying to maximise their points and access social housing.

Helping people to find and keep their homes

We have a few courses that will give you the skills and knowledge to help anyone find a home, and sustaining it. Making appropriate housing choices is an accredited course that will help you assess a clients needs and make the right recommendations for them. Helping clients keep their home, also accredited,  will give you practical solutions to key issues that can impact a persons ability to stay in and enjoy their homes.  We also have a course that is specifically geared towards helping young people find and sustain their accommodation.

Illegal eviction

The Housing Rights helpline has noted an increased number of calls recently on the topic of illegal eviction. Our course on antisocial behaviour, illegal eviction and disrepair issues looks at the role of the tenant, the landlord and authorities in solving issues associated with antisocial behaviour such as illegal eviction.

The Private Rented Sector

Renting privately has become the default option for a diverse range of households, including students, young professionals, families and increasingly many vulnerable households with varying social needs. This accredited two day course will give you the skills to advise those looking for, living in or leaving a home in the private rented sector.

How to book

You can book all our training courses online, by email or phone 028 9024 5640

Tailored courses to suit you needs

If you have specific training needs that are not covered in the above courses, we can still assist. We can deliver a tailored version of any of our scheduled courses or may be able to develop a custom training course for your staff's particular needs.  We can deliver training either in our fully accessible offices in central Belfast or in your own premises. If you would like to chat further about this contact our training officer, Bronagh McCulla.

This article was written on 19 September 2016. It should not be relied on as a statement of the current law or policy position. For help with housing issues please contact our helpline on 028 9024 5640 or use our online chat service at www.housingadviceNI.org.