We all recognise the world is changing and we in Orbit have done a great deal of work to understand and prepare for our future. But there are two questions in here – firstly do we we know what the right things are that we should be doing in the future, and secondly are we preparing to do the right thing to get there?
Do we know the right things? In my view yes. 2020 work has helped us to understand the world we are moving into and how we need to respond, and it has enabled us to refresh what Orbit is and address a debate in our sector (which is becoming more frequent) about what should a housing association be for and be doing in the future. I believe we have been through that process and we have set a course to be at the forefront of our sector. Orbit will provide services and put a roof over people’s heads, but also work to to tackle the housing crisis, be part of the civic infrastructure in our communities and enable people to have choices to lead fruitful lives. A wider role than before but one we see as essential – “building communities by improving social economic and environmental prospects”
So, to get there are we doing the right thing to deliver our future? The Leadership Team, Executives and Directors, met last week to consider this matter, it’s no point having great plans and not ensuring you know how you will get there, so we looked at three things;
Managing todays issues
Our current actions and approach are enabling us to tackle the day to day pressures on residents notably welfare reform and supply of homes, and colleagues as they go through necessary changes within Orbit. Our work is focused on addressing a number of the concerns raised by residents and colleagues in the 2020 consultation particularly that we are delivering current services well and providing the tools to do the job.
Delivering changes in Orbit to 2015
Our plans to March 2015 are underpinned by the transformation programme and key streams of work which will focus on projects around simplification, use of technology and development of colleagues. These plans are now in place and have been prioritised to ensure we know what, by whom, and by when; we are working on a constant momentum of changes to ensure we do transform Orbit in the way we have all described.
Preparing to meet our Vision
We produced some radical objectives but have now planned and broken these down into bite size chunks for action over the coming years so we are clear again of what we will deliver, by when and through whom. This will be our route map giving us a clear direction but enabling us to flex and respond to the world, and ensure we have the skills, capacity and resources to deliver the plans we decide.
We chose to plan our future not just respond to it, and we have done this not just by producing a vision and ensuring it is rooted in our values and our beliefs, and now we are making sure we have plans that deal with the now, the medium term to 2015, and the long term to 2020.
Are we doing the right thing and is Leadership focused on getting there – a resounding yes to both!
Paul Tennant, Chief Executive