A number of MEMO Management Committee members and staff recently attended the NFTMO Annual conference at Stratford upon Avon 17-19 June 2016.
Feedback was that the event was informative and was an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues in similar organisations at a national level. A variety of workshops were attended and delegates found the presentation made by Tim Morton SHOUT representative ‘ Taking Stock- implications of the Welfare Reform and Housing & Planning Act’ – of great interest and highlighted the challenges of the sector going forward.
NFTMO Annual Conference 2016 – learning and celebrating
Well over 300 delegates from the TMO world got together for thought provoking workshops and plenary sessions in the hospitable surroundings at the Holiday Inn in Stratford upon Avon.
Key plenary speaker Tim Morton of the Social Housing Under Threat (SHOUT) campaign outlined the ‘skeleton’ Housing and Planning Act. He urged delegates to stay in the discussion with the Houses of Lords and Commons as detailed regulations are worked out.
Liz Michael gave details of a good practice publication that will soon be available on the NFTMO website about extending TMOs to include more homes. Sarah Patrice from our valued sponsor and partners Anthony Collins Solicitors gave details of two specialist legal advice services available exclusively to NFTMO members.
AFTA Thought Training Consultants brought the Saturday morning plenary session to life, with their actors (pictured above) unexpectedly “stage bombing” the conference with an energetic and inclusive interruption. As well as entertaining us they focused attention on the issues later explored in their workshop. They presented scenarios that explored the challenges faced by TMOs with regard to Welfare Reform, Equality and Diversity and Mental Health.
Of the AFTA Thought workshop Samantha Salahi from Friday Hill TMO said “I found it very relevant. I could relate to everything – every single one affects me in my day-to-day life in work and the problems we face. I think the actors are fantastic and believable and like real-life.”
More details and a full range of presentations available soon on the website on subjects from TMO Allowances to Mental Health First Aid www.nftmo.com
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