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The Centre will champion and celebrate the importance and impact of community investment across the UK.

HACT, an agency committed to promoting ideas and innovation across the housing sector, has today announced the launch of the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment.

"It will advance the impact of community investment at the core of social housing,” said Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT.

He continued: "The online Centre will curate resources, research and evidence to support community investment professionals as they demonstrate their value and impact. It will provide mechanisms for the sharing of innovation and good practice, enhancing collaboration across the sector, encouraging providers to continue investing in this critical area."

The Centre has been funded by Peabody alongside three other housing associations: Clarion Futures, L&Q, and Orbit. During its formative years, it will be developed, maintained and managed by HACT. It will be hosted online, and will be freely accessible by users across the UK. The first iteration of the web site can found here.

Stephen Burns, Executive Director of Care and Communities at Peabody, said:

"The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment is long overdue. Housing association community investment teams across the country can achieve so much more by working together and sharing our knowledge, successes and failures.

"This is also a great opportunity to look outside the sector to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones. Lastly, the Centre will provide a platform for sharing new ways of measuring the impact of the great work we do. I am pleased and excited that Peabody is a part of this collaboration."

Next steps

Over the next few months there will be a series of roadshows across the UK to share thoughts and ideas with community investment professionals and encourage them to share their needs, hopes and requirements.

Andrew explained: "We want the Centre to be owned by community investment professionals, so it helps them deliver a better service to their tenants and their communities. We want the Centre to play a critical role in helping housing associations deliver their social purpose and create thriving communities."