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Smashing Silly Stereotypes campaign progress 02/03/2017

ARCH is supporting the Smashing Silly Stereotypes campaign and is represented on the Campaign Steering Group by Jenny Hill, chair of the ARCH Tenants' Group and Carole Halfacre ARCH Tenants' Group co-ordinator.


Following the initial meetings held in London and Manchester in Autumn last year the Steering Group has been analysing the feedback from those meetings and have decided to focus on:


  • Commissioning a piece of evidence based research to support the campaign
  • Recruiting more sponsors, and
  • Ensuring that they have some good tenant speakers for events and media work.


The research will focus on the source and impact of stigma for social housing tenants. The campaign is talking to a researcher from Leeds University and also getting additional quotes for this work.


The aim is to have some findings ready for the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in June and the organisers of the conference have offered a slot on the conference fringe to talk about this.


The idea is that the research will shape the campaign that follows which is likely to include a visual element and a call to action on social media.


Work is ongoing to raise the profile of the campaign and the campaign co-ordinator, Catherine Little from SOHA Housing, was pleased to be invited to talk to CIHNE about stereotyping of social housing tenants with Rob Gershon (a tenant and blogger who tweets as @simplicitly) and Martin Hilditch (deputy editor of Inside Housing).


Both Inside Housing and 24 Housing have indicated that they want to support and promote the campaign.


Jenny and Carole, as our representatives, will keep the ARCH Board and Tenants' Group updated on progress. 

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