The #HousingDay RoadTrip

The RoadTrip has now begun! Follow the action at http://www.housingdayrt.co.uk

♦♦♦ Exciting announcement time ♦♦♦

Thanks to sponsorship from the lovely people at Documotive, as well as Leeds and Yorkshire Housing, and Barnet Homes, I can now announce the schedule for the #HousingDay RoadTrip.

#HousingDay is the day in November (12th) when the UK social housing sector comes together to promote and celebrate the work of its staff and the stories of its customers online. This year is the second #HousingDay, the first one last year was a great success, and the plan is for this year to be bigger still. Last year was great for following live updates on what housing staff were up to; this year the plan is to add to the mix by bringing in the element of telling stories about the great work they do, and the fabulous communities which they foster. And, as far as possible, providers are going to be encouraging communities and customers to tell their own stories. #HousingDay will be celebrated across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and maybe even Linkedin too! You can find more about #HousingDay here, and in the brilliant video featuring Richard McCann below.

And, as previously announced, I will be doing the #HousingDay Roadtrip. My intention is to tour the country (well as much of it as I can fit in) visiting housing providers, and helping to amplify their great work. Because there is so much to cram in, my #HousingDay is actually going to last 2 days. I will start on Tuesday morning (#HousingDay-eve) in Leicester, before moving on to Barnet and West Kent. On #HousingDay itself I will begin in Neath Port Talbot in South Wales, before motoring to Macclesfield, and finishing in Leeds. I will be covering something like 800 miles in 2 days.

It will be an epic trip, and I want to involve as many people as possible in my odyssey. So, I will be documenting the whole of the journey using Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Youtube video, Audioboom and other social media platforms. The journey itself will be epic enough, but what I am really looking forward to is the opportunity to meet with staff and customers of so many different housing organisations in such a short space of time, in such varied parts of the country.

At each organisation I will run a brief social media / digital storytelling workshop, and while there, we will seek to capture resident and staff stories and ensure they are disseminated to the world. I want to use the buzz created by the tour, and the event of each visit not only to add quality content to the material being produced during #HousingDay, but also to attract the attention of local, and maybe, national, media, who may be persuaded to join us at the stopping off points. So I need as much support in possible in getting the word out, and, if you are anywhere near any of the venues I am visiting, and can spend some time there, then please come and join us.

Here is the itinerary for the 2-day trip:

Day 1 Tuesday 11th November
Asra Housing Group 3 Bede Island Road, Leicester, LE2 7EA 10am to 11am
Barnet Homes Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London, N20 0EJ 1pm to 2pm
West Kent Housing Association 101, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1AX 4pm to 5pm
Day 2 Wednesday 12th November #HousingDay
NPT Homes Tŷ Gwyn Brunel Way, Baglan Energy Park, Neath Port Talbot, SA11 2FP 9am to 10am
Peaks & Plains Housing Trust Ropewalks, Newton Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6QJ 1pm to 2pm
Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association 2 Shire Oak Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2TN 4pm to 5pm

The trip and the individual visits will be documented live, and afterwards, I will produce “#HousingDay RoadTrip – The Movie” which will collect together all the material from the trip, including multimedia offerings from staff and customers produced at the visits.

You’ll be able to follow all of the action by searching for “#HousingDay RoadTrip” on Twitter, or on this site, which will be updated live http://www.housingdayrt.co.uk

This is going to be exciting; so please get involved in whatever way you can.

#HousingDay RoadTrip is sponsored by Documotive

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