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Past Events

Housing Rights offers a variety of courses. Take a look below at a sample of what we can offer. If you are interested in these courses, or would like to have a course adapted especially for you organisational needs, dont hesitate to chat with us

Event Description
Housing Advice Training Programme
6 September 2017

Our best selling Housing Advice Training Programme is the must have foundational course for those working in housing.  The course will be held on Wednesdays over a four week period.

The four day format will concentrate on key themes that will enable participants to obtain a qualification which enhances the skills and knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive housing advice.

The course will cover:
  • Understanding housing options available for clients
  • Accessing various types of accommodation
  • Using homelessness legislation
  • Selection scheme
  • Private rented accommodation
  • Sustaining accommodation and affordability
Who should attend? 
  • Generalist advice workers
  • NIHE & housing association staff
  • Hostel workers
  • Constituency office staff
  • Environmental Health Departments
  • Social Services
  • Solicitors
  • Community/residents groups

Participants will attend training one day per week and also be required to complete some additional study hours and work based learning tasks such as case studies and research activities to build their portfolio of evidence.

To assist in achieving this, participants will have the support of the lead tutor and a specialist casework adviser.

Accredited through the Open College Network.

Those wishing to register for the level 2 or 3 accreditation will have an additional fee of £75.00. 

 

Welfare Reform and housing: a practical guide
22 June 2017

As Universal Credit roll out date approaches, this must-attend session will ensure you know how Welfare Reform will affect the housing situation of vulnerable and low income households in Northern Ireland. 

As well as looking at ongoing developments with Welfare Reform, this day course will also include practical case studies and excercises that will help you to have an understanding of the changes coming in and be better equipped to prepare your clients for the impact of Welfare Reform.

This seminar will cover:
  • Universal Credit and Housing Credit
  • The ‘bedroom tax’ and other reforms in the social rented sector
  • The benefit cap
  • Abolition of the social fund, and
  • Changes to challenging benefit decisions
Who should attend?
  • Both new and experienced advisers
  • Housing providers
  • Constituency workers
  • Community/residents groups
  • Hostel workers
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Sustaining tenancies - Keeping clients in their homes
12 June 2017

With limited new builds, long waiting lists for social housing, and more people than ever renting privately, keeping people in the place they call home is vitally important.  This one day accredited course looks at practical solutions to key issues that can impact peoples’ ability to stay in and enjoy their homes.

This course will cover:
  • paying for the home and managing arrears
  • dealing with antisocial behaviour
  • issues around abandonment
  • tackling disrepair
  • making homes suitable if circumstances change
Who should attend?

This course will be of particular importance to housing advisers, community/residents groups, benefit advisors, political party constituency offices, private, social and hostel accommodation providers and the legal profession.

Accredited through the Open College Network*.

Those wishing to register for level 2 accreditation will have an additional fee of £25.00

Annual Housing Law Update
22 March 2017

This essential half day seminar will provide you with the must have information on key housing policy and case law developments over the past year.

The session will review developments from the last 12 months and look forward to upcoming developments including private rented sector proposals, homelessness and welfare reform.

We will look across all tenures under the themes of affordability, access, case law, standards, and regulation.

We will also give consideration to the political context such as Assembly elections  and the Programme for Government

This session will be delivered by Kate McCauley (Policy and Practice Manager), Stephen Orme (Policy Officer) and Christopher McGrath (Solicitor)

Who should attend?

  • housing advisers
  • community/residents groups
  • benefit advisers
  • political party constituency offices
  • private, social and hostel accommodation providers
  • floating support
Housing problems in the small claims court
9 February 2017

Whether it’s to recover a deposit, repairing issues or enforcing other legal rights; often people feel that their only course of redress is to go to court. The small claims court procedure is designed to be used by individuals and organisations to enable them to access justice more quickly and with less expense than more traditional court procedures.

Whilst there are limits on the type of cases and the amount of money that can be reclaimed through this process, properly prepared paperwork and representations for the hearing can help you be more effective at Court. This course will provide you with the skill needed to do this.

This course assists advisers in taking or defending a case in the small claims court looking in detail at:

  • Types of cases that can be heard
  • Procedures
  • Presenting a case in court
  • Structuring submissions/notices in line with CCR and procedure
  • Enforcing the judgment
Who should attend? 
  • community/residents groups
  • political party constituency offices
  • private accommodation providers,
  • letting agents
  • estate agents
  • local councils.

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