Tuesday 17th December 2019
Attracting a new generation of women into a career in housing should be one of the sector's key priorities for 2020, according to the Women in Social Housing (WISH) group.
Monday 16th December 2019
For our December drinks event, hosted by RSM in Birmingham we were delighted to have a truly enviable panel of guests. Hosted by CIH's former president and housing guru, Alison Inman, expertly guided our panel through a conversation about their stories to leadership, their bouts of imposter syndrome and teasing out some hilarious stories along the way!
Wednesday 30th October 2019
Women in Social Housing (WISH), the only member-based network for women working across every discipline of UK housing, has extended its reach. The networking community of women working in the affordable housing and construction sectors has welcomed a 10th region, for the East of England.
WISH, the only member-based network for women working across every discipline of UK housing, has welcomed new Chairs of the board at its North West and Yorkshire and Humberside regions.
WISH North East are going from strength to strength, find out what the region have been up to in their latest newsletter!
The new WISH North West Board is now in full swing, find out what has been going on in the region!
Read the latest updates from with South East in their latest newsletter
Find out what has been going on in WISH Cumbria in their latest newsletter!
Our October London event was a huge success with many people turning up to listen to our speaker, Alexandra Galviz (Authentic Alex). Alex has been named as the top Linkedin voice in the UK 2017 and 2018.
WISH Yorkshire and Humberside warmly welcomed new board members to the team in the Summer.
Read the latest news from WISH London in the Autumn newsletter
WISH support the annual WIH Awards Now in its seventh year, the Women In Housing Awards held in Manchester in early October is getting bigger and bigger and was an amazing opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in the sector from all over the UK.
Over 50 of the network's members and friends attended the event, held at the spectacular Moneypenny head office in Wrexham, to experience a series of presentations, including headline speaker, Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing & Local Government.
Members from WISH London and WISH South East join Clarion for a day of golf.
On the 12th September 2019 WISH Yorkshire and Humberside held a fantastic event called 'Secrets to Success' at Capsticks LLP's offices in Leeds City Centre.
WISH is delighted to welcome the National Housing Federation (NHF) 'the voice of housing associations in England' as its latest corporate member.
WISH North West hosted their first event of the 2019 'Gender Diversity: The Challenges of Attracting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce.'
At WISH we are hugely grateful to our National Sponsors who support us every year and help us to keep delivering a great service to our members.
WISH North Wales have hosted their 3rd event of the 2019 'The Optical Illusion of Communication' The event was sponsored by Aura Leisure & Libraries and took place at Wales & West Housing's Office space in Ewloe, which was hired out in goodwill for the event.
Women in Social Housing (WISH) was formed in London in 1998, as an informal group where women from the sector could share their experiences of working in a male-dominated environment.
In June WISH South West held an event all focusing on managing the challenges and impact of Universal Credit.
How many speakers ask you to turn on your phones and tweet as they speak?
Our Understanding Governance event with Liz Cross, Founder and Managing Director of The Connectives, was held in Kendal on the 20th June. South Lakes Housing kindly offered their venue for this incredibly popular event, with 25 attendees joining us to network and take away some excellent insights and information from Liz about what makes a good Board and strong governance.
We were delighted to host an event with Dr Victoria Miller on the Imposter Syndrome earlier this month.
An interactive, informative and practical morning allowing those attending to explore how they present, how they want to present and what this actually feels like.
On Thursday 23rd May, WISH Yorkshire hosted an event on Change & Personal Resilience. The session was kindly hosted by Savills in Leeds and was run by Mark Turnbull from Do-Well (UK) Ltd.
Read the latest WISH newsletter here!
WISH recently co-hosted a panel event at CIH Brighton with the Housing Forum called Changing the Dynamic - The Benefits of a Diverse Workplace
WISH London have had a busy start to the year hosting two sell out events 'How to develop the right career strategy' and a joint event with the Housing Forum at the Brighton CIH. We have also welcomed a new Chair and Board members.
We had a full house at our last event, with a highly engaged audience putting some great questions to the expert panel. The whole session was excellently facilitated by Elly Hoult Programme Director NHGhousing.
WISH South West have had a great start to the year delivering a successful Development biased event in February
An Exciting Year Ahead for WISH North Wales The first WISH North Wales event for 2019 'Nobody's Perfect' took place on Thursday 24th January. Hosted at the brand new 1891 restaurant in Rhyl, which is part of the Denbighshire County Council-lead waterfront regeneration project.
We are delighted to share that the North East region continues to grow and is going from strength to strength. The region's response to WISH North East has been incredible and there is huge support for what we are trying to achieve.
WISH Cumbria have had a busy start to the year hosting a great event to mark International Women's Day 'my journey to the top'.
WISH South East Region was launched on the 7th February 2019 by our board members at Ebbsfleet Football club. Support was overwhelming, with over 100 attendees and such incredible feedback, which made it clear that starting a new region in the South East was a good call.
It's been a busy start to the year for us at WISH Midlands. We kicked off with a leadership session in January, kindly hosted by Housing and Care 21 in Birmingham. The session gave attendees the opportunity to hear how the world of business and leadership is changing, and what they can do to make a positive impact on their organisation's success.
Welcome from WISH Yorkshire. There has been plenty happening with changes to our board and a calming session on how to handle the everyday stresses of life.
To mark International Women's Day, the North East network for Women in Social Housing (WISH) brought together housing professionals from across the region to celebrate the achievements of women and raise money for local charity, Oasis Community Housing.
We are excited to announce that the WISH South East launch event is taking place on Thursday 7th February!
Following on from its recent session on public speaking, WISH Midlands is looking forward to hosting its final event of 2018!
WISH South West are excited to be re-launching the region at their event on Wednesday 14th November!
The WISH North East Region is going from strength to strength. ...
We can't believe how quickly 2018 is passing by. So far this year we have hosted some great events to further our mission to support those working in the housing sector, particularly women working in North Wales, to reach their true potential and help positive change in gender equality.
Welcome from WISH Yorkshire, we've had a busy year so far including a brand new website and logo! We hope you like it as much as we do.
WISH Cumbria has had an array of exciting and topical events within the past few months
WISH North West have held a variety of events over the last few months ...
The topic of Women on Boards was extremely popular, and we had over 40 people joining us
WISH London was proud to host an event that brought together the women leading some of the country's biggest social housing providers at Blake Morgan's central London offices last night.
Join the 13th anniversary of the conference organised by and for social housing professionals and their lawyers, this year celebrating the role of women in social housing law and practice. WISH members receive a 10% discount!
On September 6th, WISH North Wales hosted an event all about understanding good governance and the importance of addressing diversity in the board room. More than 50 members and friends of WISH gathered at Ty Menai in Bangor...
Recent research from recruitment consultancy EMA, highlighted by Inside Housing as part of its Inclusive Futures campaign, has shown that while women make up 37% of board members at housing associations, the number falls significantly when it comes to important positions. Just 32% of board chairs are women and just 20% of audit committee chairs.
In June we held our annual Women at the Top event at Grant Thornton in Liverpool. We had 3 key speakers who spoke about how they progressed in their career to get where they are now. The event was inspiring and thought proving for those who attended and spoke.
Speaking with confidence was a sell-out event and we were delighted to welcome many new faces. Our guest speaker, Marcus Orlovsky is a TED X host and coaches the speakers so they can get their message across clearly in their 10 minute slot.
WISH has marked its 20th year at CIH Manchester with a rebrand giving the organisation a fresh new look and providing the regional branches with a stronger individual identity.
WISH North Wales Summer Social with a difference on 14th June was a great success thank you to everyone that came along to our Summer Garden Party and got involved in all the action and games.
A wonderful afternoon delivered by Richard Pascoe from 'Making Presentations' and hosted by Leeds Federated Housing Association. 26 people from across the region and a visitor from the North West all jumped in feet first to participate in 'Dare to be (a little bit) different'.
A job is no longer for life and with the many restructures affecting people working in the social housing sector across Cumbria, WISH Cumbria has offered support to its members, extending the offer to others in the county working in the industry. WISH Cumbria called upon an HR expert to present a workshop packed with give tips and advice on getting a job (or promotion) in a modern world. It proved to be a very motivating and enlightening afternoon.
Following ever popular demand, we held another successful Secrets of Success event in the WISH Yorkshire and Humber region. The event was really well attended by people from various stages in their career and received all who attended gave great feedback.
DI Suzanne Grimmer from the Metropolitan Police gave a very informative, thought provoking and engaging presentation on how companies and individuals can protect themselves from criminals who strive to steel money, information from individuals and companies, holding them to ransom until money is received to restore their data.
In May 2018 WISH North West hosted a highly successful workshop event in Manchester focusing on Community Development. Julia Wolfendale presented an approach based on looking for strengths in communities and neighbourhoods, rather than highlighting the deficiencies
On May 16th WISH South West held a networking event in Horts, Bristol to coincide with the CIH South West conference.
The awards will continue to highlight the amazing work and achievements of women in housing and to promote positive role models. The awards will complement Inside Housing's inclusive futures campaign, which aims to promote under-represented groups, and will take place alongside the Inclusive Futures Summit.
'Social media and me' proved to be a popular session as many of us know we should really 'do' social but we're not really sure how! Our board member (and comms guru) Caroline Chapman, was joined by the talented Hannah Jowett of Leeds Federated to take us on a whistle stop tour of how to get our social media in order!
There is no doubt of the importance social housing has in providing a safety net for those affected directly by abuse - in all its forms. WISH Cumbria's first event of the year took place the day before the national Chartered Institute of Housing Domestic Abuse Conference 2018.
WISH Executive Director Nicola Dibb responds to closing the gender pay gap: an in-depth analysis of the sector's figures
WISH North West hosted a fabulous evening of beer & chocolate tasting on 11th April at the beautiful Haigh Hall, Wigan.
On 12th April, WISH North Wales hosted an event all about how to build your career and be promotion ready. More than forty WISH members and friends attended the breakfast seminar, at Wales and West offices in Deeside.
International Women's Day marked the launch of the 2018 Women in Housing Awards, with a new date and location for this year.
On International Women's Day, WISH held it's now famous lunchtime networking event a Revolution during CIH Brighton.
Here in Yorkshire our WISH regional events programme is about helping you #unlockyournetwork and create connections with like-minded individuals in the sector.
On Thursday 7th December, the wonderful Equity Housing Group hosted our Christmas drinks event to round off a fun filled 2017.
Our North Wales WISH community continues to grow from strength to strength, with over 60 companies from across North Wales now members.
The South West region began 2018 with enthusiasm and a lively board meeting at the offices of Clarke Willmott in Bristol at the end of January.
WISH Midlands has had a busy start to 2018, kicking off in January with a wellness workshop. The networking session gave members practical tools to increase resilience and manage stress - key skills essential to housing professionals asked to do more with less.
The politics of housing: WISH London hosts evening with political candidates ahead of the London local elections
WISH London have had a busy start to the year hosting a number of events over the last couple of months.
WISH Cumbria is pleased to welcome a new board member.
Statement From Nicola Dibb Executive Director And Founder Of WISH About International Women's Day 2018
The holidays were over. Winter colds had set in. We have bills to pay and Leeds was offering us what can only be described as tumultuous weather - however nearly 50 brave women from across Yorkshire gathered together in the fantastic Dirty Martinis for our brilliant beat the January blues event!
The 23rd February saw WISH North Wales host an event where we learnt all about our Chimp, in a workshop delivered by the team behind the highly acclaimed mind management programme, The Chimp Paradox
Thanks to everyone who took part in our 'WISH at 20' survey. We were pleased with the number of responses and feedback received.
Hosted and sponsored by Grant Thornton at their impressive Manchester city centre offices, our latest WISH North West event was held on 1st February. We enjoyed a highly interactive and informative session on how to Influence and increase your impact led by Sarah Smith of Indigo Coaching and Leadership development.
A recent article from Nicola Dibb in 24 Housing Magazine on WISH's new mentoring scheme.
WISH aims to bring women in housing together to empower, support, encourage and assist, by building confidence through networking and by arranging interesting and informative seminars to assist them with their day to day roles. Our most recent event was the annual Christmas Party, which is always a sell out and a success for obvious reasons! This took place at the end of last year on the 6th December at The Alice.
WISH SW have a new Board Member, Faye Galvin, from Merlin Housing who has lots of PR, Social Media and Marketing experience which we are grateful for. Sadly, we say goodbye to two of our longest standing BMs, Dee O'Neill and Wendy Murphy, who are moving on to pastures new. We wish them both well and thank them very much for all of their commitment and hard work over the last years.
'Since our launch nearly eleven months ago, WISH North Wales has gone from strength to strength. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at all our future events.' The WISH North Wales Board
The last few months has seen the blossoming of a new WISH Region for the Midlands. The networking group aims to connect women from a range of housing-focused organisations to provide them with support, mentoring, training and career opportunities.
The rain subsided and the sun shone for the WISH Golf Day which was held at the prestigious Blackheath Golf Club on the 13th September. WISH was delighted to see over 40 enthusiastic women put their skills to the test and receive instruction from professionals in the principles of playing golf with the additional benefits of putting their new learned skills to the test on the driving range and putting green.
Welcome to your Winter newsletter from Yorkshire & Humberside. We have a series of exciting events lined up for you in the coming months!
This autumn we welcomed our new Chair, Sasha Deepwell. Sasha has been a board member since May 2015 and was unanimously voted Chair at our annual AGM in September.
WISH Cumbria continues to go from strength to strength since it was created in 2015. We are growing steadily with more event attendees becoming members and a diverse range of people attending our events who work right across the social housing sector from housing officers to architects, surveyors and solicitors working in Cumbria.
We are delighted that WISH North Wales Region have been Highly Commended for increasing Equality and Diversity in Housing at the CIH Welsh Housing Awards.
WISH's Yorkshire and Humber Chair, Heidi Thompson is breaking down the barriers for women in the social housing sector.
WISH aims to bring women in housing together to empower, support, encourage and assist, by building confidence through networking and by arranging interesting and informative seminars to assist them with their day to day roles. The latest event was held on the 5th October and was kindly sponsored by Winckworth Sherwood LLP, which again, did not disappoint attendees.
This years' annual Women in Housing Awards will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on the 2nd of November. WISH are proud to be sponsoring the Most Effective Board Member award.
The rain subsided and the sun shone for the WISH Golf Day which was held at the prestigious Blackheath Golf Club on the 13th September.
WISH Gives a Helping Hand - Anusha Kamboj I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at WISH. I was invited to my first WISH event in April this year. I was a little apprehensive before I went but Peju Fabunmi reassured and encouraged me with helpful tips.
To celebrate the official launch of the Midlands branch of the national Women in Social Housing (WISH) network, the group are hosting a networking event to coincide with the NHF Annual Conference and exhibition on 20 September in Birmingham.
WISH Yorkshire and Humber Region Holds Summer 'Get Together' Fun Cocktail Making Evening
WISH Cumbria had a successfu 'Mastering the Digital' event in June, with the guys from Comms Hero providing some top Twitter tips and advice. Attendees of the event have been upping their Twitter game on both personal and professional accounts - my favourite bit of advice from the event was to use pictures in your tweets as people love them!
WISH SW's first event of early summer was held in Bristol to coincide with the CIH Housing Conference. The venue was the excellent and historic Horts Pub in the city centre and around 30 ladies (plus a few brave men!) came along for lunch and networking. We on the SW committee have already decided to repeat this next year as it was such a success!
WISH London held their annual Summer Networking Reception on 6 July 2017 at the offices of JLL, who specialise in commercial real estate services and investment management, in Warwick Street, London. The event was very kindly sponsored by JLL and attended by over 100 WISH members and non-members.
WISH London is delighted to introduce their new chair, Erica Carras, a Principal Risk and Safety Consultant at Walker Management Ltd, a construction consultancy specialising in Project Management in the social housing sector.
Throughout 2017 we will be celebrating five years of WISH in the North West. It's been quite a journey since the first tentative steps, and we're delighted we're thriving. We've always shaped our programme to meet our WISH members' and WISH friends' needs and aspirations, and we're changing things around some more in 2017.
Gone are those winter blues with the summer season finally here. (Well maybe, it is England after all!) We hope you've enjoyed the events with us so far, for those who couldn't make it, here are some of the highlights
WISH North Wales wished for good weather for their Summer social and got it for the event at The Mulberry at Conwy Marina.
The WISH drinks reception was a popular and welcome break from the bustle of the CIH conference in Manchester on 28 June 2017. Over 120 guests were welcomed to the event by Councillor Bev Craig, who is the lead member for dult services and health at Manchester City Council.
Berneslai Homes are delighted to have been shortlisted again for the 24 Housing Top 10 Social Landlords and they need your vote to help put Barnsley on the map.
We are looking for a new Chair to provide leadership and support for London region of WISH. WISH (London) is the longest established and largest and region within WISH. It has approximately 150 members and attracting on average 60 people to a WISH event.
This year we are celebrating five years of WISH in the North West! It hardly seems possible that it's been so long, the time has flown. We have built our network to include colleagues in social landlord organisations, development, maintenance, legal, finance, governance, consultancy and more.
WISH SW has continued its run of holding informative and entertaining events. We held a Networking Skills event on March 23rd, kindly hosted by sponsors, Blake Morgan Solicitors in Southampton. WISH SW board members Michelle Thomas and Dee O'Neill provided hints and tips on how to 'read' a room when you first walk in so that you can approach individuals or groups of people with ease; explained what a good 'networking suit' is and how to follow up on leads to ensure business success. Michelle and Dee both have backgrounds in the male-dominated world of development and construction and have around fifty years of networking experience between them! The event was well attended by women who are both new to the world of social housing and those who were looking to brush up their skills.
We've gotten off to a flying start for 2017! We kicked off the year with our New Year New You event and are looking forward to our Step Out and Speak Out Event coming up next week!
Due to the generous support of sponsors Blake Morgan and calfordseaden, WISH has been able to set up a project fund to drive forward specific revenue generating initiatives, including our long awaited online mentoring programme.
The North Wales WISH region group is still less than six months old but is going from strength to strength.
Over 90 members and their colleagues enjoyed the WISH London annual lunchtime networking reception at the Revolution Bar in Brighton on Tuesday 7 March. Held as part of CIHse this popular annual event just gets bigger and better every year.
On the morning of Friday 10th February, WISH North Wales welcomed Paul Johnson to Cartrefi Conwy's offices to deliver our first professional development workshop of 2017.
Throughout 2017 we will be celebrating five years of WISH in the North West. It's been quite a journey since the first tentative steps, and we're delighted we're thriving.
Emma Walker-Cotton of Causeway Consulting joined us at Leeds Federated and challenged the women of Yorkshire and Humber to stop limiting ourselves, be authentic and build our networks to achieve our goals!
Hosted by Anthony Taylor, and held at our WISH NW supporter Beevers and Struthers Manchester Office, Anthony presented a workshop on how we could improve our CV and also to bust some myths around how a CV should look, the information whilst based around CV's and preparing our selves for the next career move our position in the same organisation, could also be transferable to our Linkedin profiles.
Hosted by the vibrant Carmen Parkinson from the Business Clinic CIC Preston at our WISH NW supporters office Forbes Solicitors in Preston, we explored the science behind DISC behaviour types, and how those behaviour types interact with each and how we work best.