Newsletter Update – WISH Cumbria

Published on 20th March 2016

WISH Cumbria was created in 2015 to support women working right across the social housing sector, from housing officers to architects, contractors and solicitors working in Cumbria.

The January event held by WISH Cumbria was a very calming affair, as attendees discovered the art of mindfulness. Rob Plevin from ‘’ near Penrith shared his skills and demonstrated how meditation can help you let go of everyday issues like stress, anxiety and being overwhelmed.

Carolyn Greenhalgh, Chair of WISH Cumbria said Learning techniques to help meditate can make a massive difference to how you feel at work and at home. Rob set out to demonstrate just how successful meditation can be and we all experienced it first-hand. It helps put things back into perspective and clears space in our minds so we can respond in a positive and less emotional way. Rob likened it to being ‘Teflon coated’ or quite simply, getting to the stage where life’s tribulations are ‘water off a ducks back’.


“Our WISH meetings aim to allow people to network, but at the same time, take something useful away to use in at work and in our everyday life. Today’s session did just that and feedback has been excellent.”

To enable the network to continue its growth, Barclays Bank sponsored the Mindfulness event.

In February WISH Cumbria held their latest event in Kendal, where attendees learned a few new tricks to help them become more assertive. Speaker Emma McColm from Lakes Coaching provided top tips, highlighting the difference between assertiveness and aggression.

Feedback from women working in social housing right across Cumbria provided the organisers of WISH Cumbria with a list of topics that would be really useful for personal development. How to be more confident and assertive were at the top of that list. WISH events have been held in other parts of the country, but the WISH Cumbria team were keen to source local providers and eager to work with Lakes Coaching.

Over twenty women took part in the event, including a team from Napthens Solicitors who sponsored the event.

Carolyn Greenhalgh Assistant Director at Eden Housing Association and Chair of WISH Cumbria said Our group is definitely gathering momentum and that’s because we have such a good mix of people; there were solicitors, surveyors, maintenance contractors as well as those involved in fund raising and housing management. It created a really nice buzz on the day and was good to see people from different walks of life, all connected to housing in some way.”.

There has been a change of Board Members for the Cumbria Branch, in February we said ‘goodbye’ to Sue Powell from Sue Powell Consultancy Ltd and she was replaced by Emma Davidson from Riverside Housing Association in Carlisle.

Meanwhile our Vice Chair Sian Spencer has been named one of the top ‘influencers and change makers of the future’ by an awards event designed to highlight positive role models. Sian, a solicitor in the Litigation team at Napthens solicitors’ Penrith office, has been awarded a place in the Top 50 Future Northern Power Women list, by the Northern Power Women awards.

The awards are designed to celebrate and showcase ‘role models who take positive steps towards transforming organisation culture in the North of England.’ The awards ceremony was held at an event on March 3rd at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. Well done Sian! Click here to read the story.

The next WISH Cumbria event is a networking lunch followed by an outstanding guest speaker. As an Opera singer and First Lady of the London Quartet, Sarah-Ann Cromwell is sure to give a powerful performance, helping attendee’s deal with nerves and hold a room to attention, giving them a toolkit to help project confidence and create a professional impact. It is being held on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at Penrith Rugby FC Club. This event is being sponsored by South Lakes Housing.

If you would like to be kept up to date with the details of this event and all future events then join our ‘friends’ mailing list by clicking here. You can also follow us on Twitter @wishcumbria and visit to keep up to date with our 2016 events calendar.

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We look forward to meeting you soon!

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