We’ve created a new and unique workspace for our Home Maintenance Team (HMT) and Neighbourhood Environmental Action Team (NEAT) to work together in an organised and collaborative space.
The workspace was designed using a ‘fabric first’ approach – we improved the insulation of the cabins, which minimises the need for electric heaters and avoids the use of air conditioning units.
This helps the depot contribute to our aim to tackle the climate emergency. We’ve also installed four electric vehicle charging points, and we have the option to install solar panels in the future.
The depot brings additional workspaces for the teams – including spaces to socialise, and to have meetings and training sessions. We wanted to give our teams a place to be proud of, and that will help them do their best work. Miranda, our Business Development Director, has written a lovely blog about the design of the our new depot, and how it brings our purpose to life.
“The new space is such an upgrade – it’s much more spacious and has modern facilities. It has also been great to be able to join with HMT and interact with colleagues from their team.”Holly Coleman
NEAT Team Leader
Women in Social Housing (Yorkshire and Humberside) is the regional network for women working in housing. Some of our teams are involved with organising the WISH events, which create spaces for women across the sector to connect, learn, and share experiences.
In the last year, these events have focused on race and diversity, career progression, and women’s health – including the menopause and fertility – and we have welcomed our employees and partners to attend.
“Thanks so much for arranging the menopause event earlier this month. As a result of the session we are now motivated to bring more discussion and action around the menopause into our workplace.”A WISH event attendee
We’ve had some lovely opportunities to get together, celebrate different cultures and communities, and support brilliant local organisations. During Pride month, we welcomed Fiona to teach us more about being trans allies and how housing organisations can support LGBTQ+ people. She also had the delicious job of helping judge our bake off competition, where we raised money for SAYiT.
We have also enjoyed talks for International Women’s Day, learned more about our people and their families during South Asian Heritage Month, and celebrated Eid with a shared lunch. All these events rely on the generosity, time and talents of colleagues, customers and partners – so we’d like to say a big thank you!
This year, Deborah Harry joined us as our new Finance Director, and John Jeffries, one of our longest-serving board members, has taken on the role as Chair of the board.
A huge thank you to their predecessors, Rob Young and Ian Cole, for their fantastic work and contributions to our organisation. And a warm welcome and hello to all the new board members and employees that have also joined us this year!
“It’s been a very busy few months, and I’ve relished the challenges of learning about a new sector and developing my network and my skills. I’ve had the unfaltering support of the Chair, the Chief Executive, the Directors Team, and the Finance Team who have all been encouraging, engaged, and patient when required! I feel honoured to be part the organisation as we start our next 50 years.”Deborah Harry