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Your International Women’s Day videos

It is International Women’s Day and women in the sector have been making short videos explaining why they love working in housing. Here is a selection of them

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Here’s a selection of your International Women’s Day videos #IWD2019 #CIHFutures #ukhousing

Women in #ukhousing have been making short videos for International Women’s Day – watch a selection here

Inside Housing and CIH Futures, a group of younger housing professionals, challenged women in #ukhousing to tweet short videos for International Women’s Day.

Women have been filming themselves explaining who they are and why they love working in housing, and then challenged other women in the sector to do the same.

Scroll down to watch a selection of the videos:

Emma Lindley, housing strategy lead at Ashfield District Council, was one of the first to take up the challenge. In her video, she says that she “chose to work in social housing because of the great opportunity it gives to change the world by tackling poverty, inequality and social injustice”, before urging others to share their stories.

Helen Greig, external affairs manager for the East Midlands at the National Housing Federation, says she enjoys supporting women in their careers:

Isabel Connolly, head of care and supported housing at Hightown Housing Association, who has also written for Inside Housing this week, talks about her pride in helping to bridge the gap between housing, health and social care:

Jen Barfoot, chief executive of Homes in Sedgemoor, used her video to talk about the “amazing people” she gets to meet through her work:

Layna Warden, group manager for tenants and leaseholders at Dacorum Borough Council, says “every single person who works in housing has the ability to make a positive impact on someone else’s life”:

Maxine Espley, executive director of health, social care and support at Accord, talks about her pride in delivering services to help people:

Holly Dagnall, director of homes and well-being at Nottingham Community Housing Association, describes working in housing and social care as the “best career choice you can make”:

In Wales, Cheryl Tracy, head of neighbourhoods at Monmouthshire Housing Association, explains how she likes the “sheer variety” of working in the social housing sector and how it seeks to improve social justice and social mobility:

Chantelle Miller, senior housing officer at Tuntum Housing Association, says working in the sector has helped her to develop transferrable skills:

Stephanie Kelley, regional manager for the North at the Chartered Institute of Housing, says that what the sector does is “not only life-changing but in some circumstances life-saving”:

Ellie Thomas, planning and business development officer at Riverside, describes her greatest achievement as helping people to move on from supported housing into general needs:

Michelle Reid, chief executive of Cynon Taf Housing, introduced tenant Fran Bevan, who said she was “really proud” of the fact that the organisation has given tenants a voice:

And last but by no means least, we have Eve Hughes, development officer at Alliance Homes, who says “when we give someone a home it is such an amazing feeling”:

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