CCLH housing depends on people actively taking on responsibility for decision-making. Without that, it can’t work.
A ‘group development programme’ will help the group to develop the skills it needs as well as enabling it to shape how the CCLH organisation will operate. The programme will need to be bespoke to the responsibilities that the group will be taking on and to local circumstances.
Parts to a group development programme
Some or all of the following areas are likely to need to be covered:
- What will the CCLH organisation look like?
- Committee skills and officer roles
- What does “governance” mean and how is it done well?
- What does it mean to be a legal organisation?
- Delivering high quality housing and other services
- What is “asset management”?
- Duty of care and health and safety
- Managing the money, long term finance planning and understanding accounts
- Business planning and risk management
- Group dynamics and resolving conflict
- Negotiation skills
- The housing development process
Code of governance
The CCH has developed a Code of Governance for CCLH groups in partnership with the National Housing Federation. It is good practice that CCLH groups assess themselves annually against a Code of Governance and state their compliance with it in their annual accounts. The CCH has developed a framework for good governance for CCLH groups which allows them to self-assess against a governance checklist as they develop.