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Blog | 12 December 2018

Over the past six months we have spoken to over 60 women's sector organisations to better understand the housing needs of vulnerable women. 

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Blog | 18 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Will McLoughlin. Will is part of the People Powered team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme. 

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Blog | 17 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Jack Weaver. Jack is part of the Transforming Tenure team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme.

Building-Better
Blog | 11 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Trina Chakravarti. Trina is part of the Building Better team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme. 

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Blog | 10 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Laura Wood. Laura is part of the Adapting with Age team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme. 

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Blog | 15 August 2018

On her recent trip to New York, our Investment Manager Karen Ng has met up with Ana Stefancic, a Housing First (HS) expert and researcher at Columbia University. Ana shares her experiences from implementing and researching HF for almost two decades.

The Young Foundation
Blog | 3 July 2018

In the third article of our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, has asked entrepreneurs from The Young Foundation’s Reimagining Rent programme to share their learnings from building ventures to improve the Private Rented Sector (PRS). If you are interested about innovations within PRS, you can also read Karen's previous interview with Nationwide Foundation here.

Blog | 9 May 2018

Big Society Capital is actively looking for partners to co-develop investment solutions to provide homes for people in need. My interview with Bridget Young (Programme Manager at the Nationwide Foundation) is the second blog in the “Innovation in Homes” series, where I will be highlighting innovative initiatives and partnerships that we have come across. Read my previous interview with London Ventures here.

Blog | 5 March 2018

Big Society Capital is actively looking for partners to co-develop investment solutions to provide homes for people in need. Our interview with Thomas Man (Head of Capital Ambition at London Councils) kicks off the “Innovation in Homes” blog series, where we will be highlighting innovative initiatives and partnerships that we have come across.

Blog | 20 June 2017

As Homeless Link become the fifth and latest Growth Fund to launch, we consider how the provision of small scale finance has changed since the Growth Fund’s launch in 2015. 

Southmead Development Trust
Blog | 13 December 2016

The UK housing crisis topped the agenda at this year’s Autumn Statement and it isn’t looking like it’s moving from that position any time soon. 

Blog | 5 October 2016

This year marks 15 years since I started work in the voluntary and community sector.

Blog | 13 September 2016

Competitive tendering has not been kind to the local, specialist domestic abuse charities that make up the majority of the Women's Aid Federation. 

Blog | 23 August 2016

Coming from Quaker Social Action’s creaking and “characterful” offices in Tower Hamlets, my director and I were a little out of our comfort zone.

Commonweal
Blog | 5 February 2016

Big Society Capital has recently made two new investments into housing projects to address the growing need for homes that people can afford:

Blog | 28 January 2016

We often hear that social investment isn’t reaching smaller organisations, particularly in deprived parts of the UK. However the community-led housing sector seems to be an exception.

Commonweal
Blog | 6 May 2015

BBC One recently screened a Panorama documentary called ‘The Great Housing Benefit Scandal’ which highlighted the dire conditions that some social tenants face from living in the private rented sector including severe overcrowding, freezing conditions and harassment. The programme stated that an estimated £3 billion of housing benefit is spent annually on poor quality private rented accommodation and suggested that some landlords are exploiting vulnerable tenants.

Blog | 7 April 2015

It was announced this week that the Real Lettings Property Fund (RLPF) has achieved a final close at £56.8 million, with three new investors and a high net worth individual together adding a final £10.3 million.

Blog | 18 March 2015

Continuing our series of guest blogs, Richard Nicol from Midlands Together talks about the difference social investment has made to ex-offenders in the Midlands.

Commonweal
Blog | 3 March 2015

In this guest blog, Ashley Horsey from Commonweal Housing talks about the positive impact that social investment has had on his company.

Blog | 1 February 2015

The Real Lettings Property Fund now stands at more than £46 million, thanks to further investment by Big Society Capital and the City of London Corporation. The fund, managed by Resonance in partnership with the charity St Mungo’s, buys properties to let to homeless families in London.

Blog | 11 December 2014

The Cabinet Office and Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a £15m Fair Chance Fund to help change the lives of vulnerable young homeless people over the next three years.

Blog | 2 September 2014

Today, Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) announces that it has earmarked £2 million for investment in a unique joint venture with Glasgow based social enterprise Homes for Good (Scotland) CIC, which will create a portfolio of newly refurbished properties dedicated for people in social housing need across the Greater Glasgow region.

Blog | 22 January 2014

Today Nesta announces the first social investments, totalling over £2 million, from Nesta Impact Investments - backed by Big Society Capital and Omidyar Network. The £25 million fund is investing in organisations tackling issues, such as elderly care, poor educational standards and financial exclusion, that have social impact as well as providing a potential return for investors.

Blog | 28 November 2013

There are currently 1700 housing associations in the UK today, many with a long history and vast experience. Whilst housing associations have been traditionally focused on housing, there are now new opportunities for housing associations to both boost the growth of the social enterprise sector, while at the same time supporting their tenants and communities in new ways.