27 episodes

Former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black and Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay discuss the latest news and chat to influential figures from Scotland's social housing sector.

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Former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black and Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay discuss the latest news and chat to influential figures from Scotland's social housing sector.

    27 - Decarbonising Scotland's homes with Josiah Lockhart

    27 - Decarbonising Scotland's homes with Josiah Lockhart

    Josiah Lockhart took the helm of Changeworks late last year to help implement the environmental charity's new focus on decarbonising Scotland’s homes.

    Josiah joins Kieran Findlay and Jimmy Black to discuss Changeworks' new purpose, the enormity of the challenge and the tools and resources the charity is using to meet the challenge head on.

    He also gives his views on the Scottish Government's plans to introduce a Passivhaus equivalent to become the minimum standard for all new housing in the country.



    Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner.

    Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels:

    https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/

    https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews



    Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/

    • 29 min
    26 - Racial diversity in the housing profession with Lara Oyedele, Callum Chomczuk and Fash Fasoro

    26 - Racial diversity in the housing profession with Lara Oyedele, Callum Chomczuk and Fash Fasoro

    Continuing with our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) theme, we discuss whether housing associations, membership bodies and other organisations within the sector should be looking to increase diversity among staff, leadership and at board level. Why is it important? And what resources are available for those looking to attract a broader range of backgrounds and experiences?

    Joining Kieran and Jimmy are Lara Oyedele, the current president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, who is seeking to raise awareness of the importance of racial diversity within the leadership of the housing sector with her CIH presidential campaign, ‘In My Shoes’, Callum Chomczuk, the national director for CIH Scotland and chair of the internal EDI group which for the past two years has been working to improve EDI throughout CIH and its membership, and Fash Fasoro, the CEO of social enterprise DataKirk. Fash helped organise the recent Scottish Black Talent Summit and offers insight on how to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace.



    If you want to support Lara’s Shoe Aid crowdfunder, here’s the link:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-my-shoes-by-lara-oyedele



    Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here:

    https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-is-scotlands-housing-sector-racially-diverse



    Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner.

    Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels:

    https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/

    https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews



    Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/

    • 36 min
    25 - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion with Dr Gareth Young and Pedro Cameron

    25 - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion with Dr Gareth Young and Pedro Cameron

    Housing Options Scotland and the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) have come together to produce a series of 'In Conversation' blogs and podcast-style recordings which tell stories about why accessible and inclusive housing, and housing-related services, are key to people’s lives. Recognising a gap in evidence and recorded lived experience for protected characteristics, they want to shine a light on that and aim to influence the housing sector in embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into practice.

    In this episode, Kieran Findlay and Jimmy Black speak to Dr Gareth Young and Pedro Cameron to offer insights into what people experience in their housing journeys and identify areas where improvements and better evidence are needed.



    Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here:

    https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-stories-against-discrimination



    Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner.



    Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels:

    https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/

    https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews



    Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/

    • 28 min
    24 - The Tenant Protection Act with Patrick Harvie MSP

    24 - The Tenant Protection Act with Patrick Harvie MSP

    The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act gives Ministers temporary powers to cap rent increases for private and social tenants, as well as for student accommodation, until at least 31 March 2023, effectively freezing rents for most tenants during this period. The legislation also prevents the enforcement of eviction actions resulting from the current cost of living crisis and includes a reform of the law on damages for unlawful evictions.

    Patrick Harvie MSP, minister for zero carbon buildings, active travel and tenants’ rights, led on the bill, and he joins Kieran Findlay and Jimmy Black to respond to concerns from around the housing sector and give some clarity as to what will happen after 31 March.



    Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here:

    https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-drilling-down-into-the-tenant-protection-act



    Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner.

    Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels:

    https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/

    https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews



    Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/

    • 45 min
    23 - New ways of working with Barry Johnstone

    23 - New ways of working with Barry Johnstone

    Back in 2020, Caledonia Housing Association carried out a comprehensive staff survey to review the impact of new working arrangements during lockdown and ensure staff are provided with the support to adapt to new practices and maintain key services for tenants. The survey was a part of the formation and implementation of its 'Agile for Everyone' programme - a new way of working which affords staff flexible time and location arrangements. To find out about this programme, co-hosts Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay visit Caledonia's head office to speak to its director of people Barry Johnstone.

    Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here:

    https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-caledonias-agile-people



    Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner.

    Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels:

    https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/

    https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews



    Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/

    • 35 min
    22 - Housing and Dementia with Lesley Palmer and Ashley Campbell

    22 - Housing and Dementia with Lesley Palmer and Ashley Campbell

    The National Housing and Dementia Forum has published a report that sets out recommendations for how the Scottish Government and partner organisations can better support people to live well with dementia. Over the past year, the Forum gathered evidence from a wide range of experts and people with lived experience of dementia.

    Co-chairs Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland, and Lesley Palmer, chief architect of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling, speak to Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay about their findings and why it is so important that any future dementia strategy considers the role of housing and planning.

    Lesley highlights the Environments for Ageing and Dementia Design Assessment Tool and Ashley makes a pitch for organisations to sign up to the Housing and Dementia Framework.



    Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here:

    https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-understanding-housing-and-dementia



    A discussion paper has been developed by the Scottish Government to help people respond to a National Conversation on the future of dementia policy in Scotland. Find out more here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/national-conversation-inform-new-dementia-strategy-discussion-paper/

    The Environments for Ageing and Dementia Design Assessment Tool combines the latest research on designing for cognitive change with the expertise of leading architects based at the University’s Dementia Services Development Centre. It replaces DSDC’s Dementia Design Audit Tool which was first developed in 2008 and has influenced the design of care buildings worldwide. Find out more here: https://www.dementia.stir.ac.uk/our-services/ea-ddat

    The Housing and Dementia Framework is available here: https://www.cih.org/policy/scottish-housing-and-dementia-framework



    Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner.

    Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels:

    https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/

    https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews



    Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/

    • 39 min

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