24housing - The magazine for housing professionals

Search form


November 2012 (Issue 54)


Can I first say how excited I am to be guest editing the November edition of 24housing magazine – I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.

Winning 24housing’s Young Leader award has kept me very busy over the last couple of months and has provided me with some fantastic opportunities. It has given me the chance to learn about working at a senior level and meet influential people in the housing sector.

Discussing ideas with Grant Shapps (remember him?) and spending the day with David Orr made me realise that for other aspiring Young Leaders there is nothing to fear about taking the next steps on the career ladder or being creative about how we tackle the current challenges. It has also shown me just how much women are under represented at the highest levels in housing and politics and I believe this has to change. This has made me even more determined to break the mould and hopefully I can help to inspire other talented and ambitious young women to forget the existence of the ‘glass ceiling’.

As guest editor, I have decided to focus this edition on two subjects close to my heart: leadership and frontline services. For this month’s main feature we asked Anita Pati to investigate the impact of welfare changes on society’s most vulnerable and the implications this has for people working in front line housing and homelessness services.

The results of an exclusive survey we carried out for the magazine, show that while the Government’s raft of new welfare policies have undoubtedly caused an increase in the number of homelessness acceptances, they have also presented opportunities for staff to work differently and more creatively. One innovative approach is highlighted in this month’s ‘In House’, where Derventio Housing Trust discuss the success of their ‘Rooms4Two’ project.

Elsewhere in this edition, frontline hostel worker Tracey McNally provides an insight into life working in a women's refuge and the important work her team do.

I am also delighted to be guest editing the edition which sees the launch of 24housing’s High Fliers series, showcasing some of the most innovative chief executives working in the housing sector. The profiles should give all young leaders something to aspire to!

As the magazine’s Young Leader for 2012, can I also urge readers to start thinking about entering next’s year’s award. It really is worth making the effort. Please send nominations to: editor@24publishing.co.uk and this time next year it could be you writing the Editor’s welcome.

Sara Parkin
Housing Advice Manager