Homes and Communities Academy
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The Academy is the skills and expertise arm of the new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). We improve the skills and knowledge of people who create and maintain communities. Our work strengthens HCA's role to create thriving places and affordable homes.
HCA is the Government's national housing and regeneration body. It launched on December 1st, combining English Partnerships, the Housing Corporation, some delivery functions from Communities and Local Government and the Academy for Sustainable Communities - our previous name.
While our role naturally reflects the emerging priorities of the new agency, we'll continue to promote new approaches to creating better places and ensure people have the skills to work across professional boundaries. We're the only learning organisation that spans the entire homes and communities domain, allowing us to discover and inspire better ways of working.
Campaign or initiative, Museum
Ask What If
The Academy has developed a community for people interested in careers that have a positive impact on other people’s lives and the community they live in. This is a place to ask questions and find answers or watch video diaries and read about other people’s stories and experience.
www.askwhatif.co.uk is a national social networking website that aims to tackle the skills shortages across the sustainable communities sector and provide practical careers advice.
Foundation Degree in Sustainable Communities
The UK’s first foundation degree in sustainable communities is available at Sheffield Hallam University, Northumbria University and University of Salford.
The course is part of our drive to train people to develop and deliver sustainable communities. Delivered part time over three years, it will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue a rewarding career in planning, housing or the environment, it is planned that the Foundation Degree will be offered in each of the nine english regions by 2011.
We have produced teaching and learning activities and materials, a CPD module and a DVD in conjunction with the Geographical Association (GA).
The materials on the GA website are designed for teachers supporting young people aged from 11 to 16, and aim to provide the resources, ideas and inspiration students need to answer questions such as "Is my community aiming to be a sustainable one?"
The DVD, Sustainable Communities: Places People Want? is available to buy from the Geographical Association at www.geography.org.uk/shop/shop_detail.asp?ID=559
Play Your Part
Our work with Community Service Volunteers developing an online active citizenship toolkit for teachers.
The Play your Part website includes ideas, resources, activities and teaching aids designed to raise awareness of sustainable communities. It aims to inspire young people to play a part in improving their communities and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out an active citizenship project.
The toolkit can be downloaded free of charge and used to support Citizenship, Drama, Geography and PSHE lessons.