#HousingDayChat connecting tenants 18 November
Last month we held an inaugural #HousingDayChat to help connect tenants for a Twitter conversation – it was a massive success.
Building on this the next event is going to be on #HousingDay itself on Wednesday 18 November 8-9pm.
Thanks to those of you who supported and took part. And especially tenants without which it would not be possible. This is definitely the kind of springboard needed for further networking and campaigning, following the work by Scrutiny Live.
@24Housing reporter Chris Smith provided a summary of the first chat. And TPAS provided a Storify of the event which revealed over 100 different people taking part and event reach of 48,872 people. It was a new format and here’s what it was like from chat host Jon Land’s point of view:
“After the success of the first #HousingDayChat at the end of last month, I am delighted to be involved and what promises to be a bigger and even better social media event on #HousingDay itself.
It was great to see so many tenants get involved in the first chat but I think for many, including myself, it was a steep learning curve. Questions and answers came thick and fast; people broke off to start their own conversations and as a complete chat chair novice the whole experience was overwhelming at times.
Of course, there was also the minor inconvenience of my PC suffering from a seven-minute wifi failure – not that participants really noticed so wrapped up were they in their own discussions.
To me, that was what made the whole thing so special. Here were dozens of people, many of them virtual novices to Twitter and the whole social media chat concept, getting stuck in and giving it a go because of how passionate they feel about the value of social housing, what a difference it has made to their own lives, to their families and friends, and the communities in which they live.
This was people giving up their Thursday evening to talk about how proud they are to be tenants. There was no need for their social landlord to cajole them into action; they did it because they want to tell others about the positive impact a decent, secure home can make – regardless of the difficult personal circumstances some of them face.
This is what #HousingDay is all about – celebrating, educating and reminding the wider public why social housing really does matter.
I would urge everyone to get involved on18 November in whatever capacity they can – and join me for the second #HousingDayChat in the evening to celebrate some of the highlights of the day.”
If you are a tenant or organisation who would like to participate, please follow and express your interest via @HousingDay on Twitter. Also please let us know if you have any ideas and questions for the chat session via tweeting @HousingDay or replying to this post
John Popham digital storyteller has kindly volunteered to produce a Storify post event. Please see below for our quick tips for participants taking part in #HousingDayChat.
Here’s a reminder of the questions from last time – it will help prompt thinking for this times chat.
#HousingDayChat – Questions 29 October
Q1 – Are you a proud or happy social housing tenant? Tell us why?
Q2 – What’s the best thing your landlord has done this year? From @Andrew_W_Shaw
Q3 – As a social housing tenant, what are your biggest concerns?
Q4 – Do you feel tenants have a strong enough voice at a local/national level?
Q5 – Why should tenant engagement/scrutiny remain a priority for social landlords?
Q6 – What’s your motivation to be an involved tenant? How would you convince others? From @GREJanet
Q7 – How well does your landlord use social media? Does it make a tangible difference? From @johnpopham
Q8 – With dwindling numbers of social homes available, where are people in most need supposed to live? From @SueR10
Q9 – Do you think your landlord has done enough to consult with tenants over policies such as the ‘voluntary’ right to buy?
Q10 – What is the one thing your landlord could do to improve your quality of life?
Q11 – Let’s end on a positive, what’s the best thing about social housing?