How to swim rather than sink in the many communications channels

At Halton Housing Trust we’re more connected than ever. Thanks to mobile working and the many comms tools open to us, we can Yammer, Tweet and Skype to our heart’s content, 24 hours a day. But is this is a good thing? Of course it is, but sometimes – like making a cake – we… Read more »

Not one, but two CIM awards!

After being shortlisted for the CIM Northern Awards last month, we had what can only be described as an interesting journey to the ceremony in Newcastle last week. With delayed and cancelled trains plus a rather grumpy taxi driver, we finally arrived at our destination slightly dishevelled and feeling like we’d been travelling for a… Read more »

Reaching out

Look for statistics around internet usage, and you’ll find a whole host of interesting figures. Facebook research (October 2015) indicates 73% of people always have their mobile device with them whilst, according to Litmus “Email Analytics” (March 2016)  55% of email is now opened on a mobile device, and “over 71% of subscribers delete emails… Read more »

The Winds of Change

As the warm days of summer fade into a distant memory and autumn arrives, the new season also signals a shift in the relationship between the Government and the housing sector. The seismic events of the last few months and the ripple effect this has had on the political landscape has resulted in a complete… Read more »

Comms team shortlisted for two CIM awards

So we’ve recently had some great news in the HHT Comms team having been shortlisted for not one but two Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) awards! The Comms team pulled together a recent award entry for in-house team of the year at the CIM Northern Awards, due to be held in Newcastle on the 3rd… Read more »

Reinventing the ‘Annual Report’

So this week, as per every year, we’ve launched our Annual Report. However, this time it’s slightly different. This year’s report takes the format of a webpage, as opposed to the traditional ‘pdf’ / printed version. We’ve also stripped back the content to show only the really key information. The page, just like the Trust, centres… Read more »

Home is where the heart is

Mark Swift from Wellbeing Enterprises writes about working together with Halton Housing Trust to improve the health of Halton residents. Housing and health I am delighted to have been asked to write this blog and share with you information about the services my organisation provides that are free of charge for Trust customers. My organisation – Wellbeing… Read more »

The Housing IT World Is Changing…..& About Time Too!

So one week on from attending the NHF IT in Housing Conference what are my reflections? Prior to attending I shared my views on why IT is the foundation upon which any successful modern business is built. The Storify summary produced by the NHF captured the essence and key headlines. There was also this article… Read more »

Be more flexible!

Like many people, there have been many occasions when the alarm has sounded at 6.30am and I’d wished I were spending the day with my feet up or heading out for the day, but aside from those odd days, I’ve always loved the buzz of going in to work each day; the never ending emails,… Read more »

Reflections on the Trust’s journey

Reflections on the Trust’s journey from Charlie Woska, Assistant Housing Services Manager. “Living where I do, I use the two bridges between Runcorn and Widnes to reflect where the Trust was and the ambitious plans we have for the future. The old Silver Jubilee bridge was built in a straight line, so you can see… Read more »