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Tenant Central – 1 year on

Free training for tenants, residents and landlords.

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At Make it Happen, we’ve had a hectic but very productive 2013 – 2014 so far and have just passed the first anniversary the DCLG funded project called Tenant Central led by TPAS in which Make it Happen is an official partner. We’ve developed numerous interactive resources, e-learning courses and the Tenant Central web site.

Look out for upcoming posts highlighting the work we have done so far for Tenant Central!

See IT in Action 2012 – conference

See IT in Action conference bannerMake it Happen are taking part in this exciting upcoming conference.

See IT in Action 2012 is a market place event designed to showcase the latest innovations in ICT. It will demonstrate how local government is working to improve the delivery of public services and meet the government’s pledge to make all services ‘digital by default’. See IT in Action 2012 will focus on how local authorities can utilise technology to empower citizens, improve frontline services and transform the lives of the most vulnerable citizens in society and the ‘digitally excluded’.’

Make it Happen are sharing a stall in the market place with TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service). We’ll be showcasing the exciting e-learning courses, activities, resources and e-learning games that we have designed for TPAS over the past two years.

Why not come along and visit us? We are at stall number 20.

Tenants on the Web: 26th-28th March 2012

It’s all free!

With all the free social networking, blogging and web site design software that is around now, it is vital that tenant groups and panels are in a strong and visible position with web-based information. To help groups achieve this, Make it Happen (MIH) is running a 3 day residential training course called ‘Tenants on the Web’ (TOW) at the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall from 26th-28th March 2012. The course costs only £15 for social housing tenants in England.

Using this free software, MIH will guide you through the process of developing and designing your own web presence, and you will leave Trafford Hall with a ‘live’ working web presence that you have designed yourself. You will learn skills that you can pass on to others in your group or community, to bring them up to speed in the new web-based world. MIH have been running this course for the past 5 years with some really exciting results! Groups have set up web presence/s using free platforms such as; WordPress, Blogger, Facebook and Twitter.

£500 grant opportunity

Delegates from groups who complete the course can apply for a grant of up to £500. The grant must be used to give your group the chance to disseminate the learning to a wider local audience, or to begin to develop projects related to the course you attended.

Gain a proper qualification!

The TOW course is accredited by the Open College Network, so you get a proper qualification if you complete the course. It’s a great opportunity!

For more information contact:

Dane at Make it Happen. Or, to book a place, contact Claire Lawton at Trafford Hall on 01244 300246 or email her at: MC.Lawton ‘at’ (insert @ instead of ‘at’).

Involving Everyone

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We are now in the final stages of developing a new e-learning course for the Tenants Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) called ‘Involving Everyone’. The course launches on 14th Feb 2011. Part of the course involves looking at the new Equality Act and how this effects Voluntary and Community Sector organisations. Check out the links below for information about the Act and the video from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

There’s a wide range of information on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website including videos. pdf downloads and an Equality Act Starter Kit. You can download the starter kit in sections and use it to see what your organisation might need to consider for the future in relation to the Act. There are also some excellent publications produced by the Government Equalities Office that you can download for free. Click on the ones under the heading ‘Voluntary and Community Organisations’. ACAS also have some excellent publications and information.

TPAS Conference 2010

It’s that time of year again!
A new dawn in Tenant Empowerment
Last year the crew from Make it Happen attended our first TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) conference and it was great. This year it’s even more exciting for us as it involves the launch of the Community Empowerment Fund supported national e-learning project and Make it Happen is the major partner. We are delivering a couple of interactive workshops and networking like mad (dancing too!). Also in attendance (amongst the other 700 delegates) are the recently trained TPAS ‘e-learning @mbassadors’. The e@m’s will participate in our workshop and will be generally promoting all aspects of e-learning to their fellow delegates. There are plenty of other exciting things to do at the conference such as bingo and … oh, yes – dancing!