HouseParty is back for 2017! We will be taking over the heart of the National Housing Federation conference with HouseParty's little brother, HouseParty's TeaParty.


    The aim of HouseParty is to challenge, discuss and present the rising talent, organisations, ideas and innovation in UK housing and beyond. It’s a free space to debate, explore, network, connect and innovate.


    Our last HouseParty event was in 2015. It was hugely successful and over 300 attendees came and went through the doors over the two days. A lot has changed in the housing sector since, including many new challenges, but we intend to ensure that the sector takes control of its own destiny!


    HouseParty is a joint project of HACT and The Social Change Agency. Here are the main themes of discussion at the 2017 party:


    Our Robot Selves: using tech and digital to drive transformation in housing and communities


    The Resurrection: people powered communities reimaging and reclaiming dead space and bringing it back to life.


    Dr Housing MD: get on the path to better health and wellbeing with our own Dr Housing MD.


    Party time: tea, cupcakes, show and tell, treasure hunts, table top tennis, and lots, lots, more…


    Join us at the end with Mystic Barry, who will be inviting special guests to gaze into his crystal ball and tell us what they see in the future for housing.

  • THE LINE-UP 2017

    09:00 Welcome


    09:15 In the Kitchen with Health and Wellbeing

    HACT’s CEO will host a cupcake decorating session, exploring how housing associations support the health and wellbeing of their tenants and communities.


    10:15 Tech and Tea Time

    Live demos, discussions and a chance to play with leading edge tech for the sector. Joining this session are Cube9Design, Alcove, Ally Chatbot and PiLON.


    11:15 The Resurrection Indoors

    Share ideas and thoughts with Dot Dot Dot, Self-Help Housing, Space Group, People’s Property Shop on how to improve using empty indoor spaces.


    12:00 The Resurrection Outdoors

    Project Dirt, Grapevine along with other guests provide discussions on how best to use outdoor spaces.


    12:45 The Big Lunch and Soap Boxing

    Bring your own lunch, explore new concepts, join the Young Foundation and share your own ideas whilst addressing the audience.


    13:45 Sports Day

    Brought to you by StreetGames - you can find out more about their doorstep sports programme and even try some tabletop tennis.


    14:30 Get Up and Get Active

    In this session, we are joined by StreetGames, Oomph Wellness, Charlton Athletic Community Trust and the Tennis Foundation. Find out more about the work these organisations do to try to encourage us all to be more active and how this is relevant in housing.


    15:15 Housing’s Future with Mystic Barry

    Join us for Mystic Barry and friends who will be exploring the future landscape of housing.


    16:00 Treasure Hunt Prizes

    Who will win the HouseParty treasure hunt? Find out as we nervously await...


    16:15 Goodbyes

    We will close the day in style and look forward to HouseParty 2018, which is going to be bigger and better than ever.


    See the full schedule here.


    If you'd like to attend NHF Conference as a delegate,


    HouseParty is being held in the NHF Conference venue, the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Birmingham. The full address is Broad Street, Brimingham, B1 2EA.
    There are good road, rail and air links. The venue is approximately 15 minute walk from Birmingham New Street rail station. Full travel information can be found on the ICC website.
    You'll find HouseParty's TeaParty on the conference floor once inside the centre.

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    Our HouseParty events are sponsored, so that as many of you lovely people can come along as possible! Thanks for the support. We will list our sponsors for this year as they are confirmed.

    Pilon is a main contractor to the social housing sector with a technological edge. They specialise in the refurbishment and regeneration of social housing and public buildings. Since they were founded in 2004, they’ve refurbished more than 60,000 properties with tenants in situ, thanks to their vetted staff programme. Their bespoke software allows real-time reporting of the status and progress of jobs to both Pilon staff and their clients.

    Poplar HARCA is an award winning Housing and Regeneration Community Association in East London, and a registered charity. It provides homes, support and opportunities to residents; creating a place where people, communities and businesses can grow and thrive. With partners, it is leading an extensive place-shaping programme; attracting £2.5 billion investment in communities, homes and infrastructure.




    resource is a full marketing services provider encompassing; creative, marketing and communication strategy, data management, digital, web development, print and mailing delivered from one single source.




    The Young Foundation is a research and action based institute with a formidable track record of confronting inequalities. We work across the UK and internationally to create insight and innovations which improve people’s lives and put them at the heart of social change. We do this through working alongside communities using the tools of research and social innovation (new ways to meet social needs). Together we have created and supported over 80 organizations including Which?, The Open University, Economic and Social Research Council, Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), School for Social Entrepreneurs, Uprising, Action for Happinessand Studio Schools Trust.




    Travis Perkins Managed Services is your supply chain and procurement solutions provider. Our solutions enable organisations to increase the productivity of their repairs and maintenance operations, whilst reducing the costs associated. Importantly, all of this is done alongside our commitment to provide support to our customers by giving back to the community with social value projects, delivering tangible benefits to their communities. Travis Perkins Managed Services has been successfully delivering supply chain and procurement solutions for well over a decade. During this time, we have developed partnerships within the social housing, Defence, facilities management and NHS sectors.





    East Thames Limited is one of the largest housing associations operating in east London and Essex with more than 35 years’ experience. Since December 2016, East Thames has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the L&Q group. Together we’ll enable the delivery of 100,000 new homes and invest in local communities, a training and employment academy and a care and support subsidiary. We are an equal owner of Triathlon Homes, a joint venture with Southern Housing Group and First Base, established to own and manage the 1,379 affordable homes on East Village, formerly the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athlete’s village.





    From our survey

    • Inspiration to start an innovative new project!
    • We've re-thought our approach to regenerating communities
    • Picked up some fairly radical thinking about moving to new digital business models
    • Used some of the tools employed in the innovation lab to do creative thinking with my team after the event
    • Following HouseParty I initiated a 3 year project that was awarded Innovate UK funding
    • We learned, we shared and we reflected
    • Great vibe

    From Twitter

    • We say @HseParty is for life not just for 48 hours
    • We thank everyone @HseParty for their energy & sharing minds
    • Loads of radical ideas and proposals
    • Much to ponder on the train home...
    • Big thanks @HseParty for reinvigorating me; so glad I came & joined you today*

    If you have a question about HouseParty or want to find out how you can get involved - fill out the form below!