'A chance to have real influence and inspire housing's future leaders'
Less than a year since the CIH Futures group was set up it is playing a central role in influencing the organisation. We spoke to CIH Futures member Eden Bailey to find out more about being involved.
How did you first get involved with CIH Futures?
I have been involved with CIH Futures in August 2017, when I came across their Twitter page and felt so strongly about their values and purpose. CIH Futures is an advisory group of the Chartered Institute of Housing who are looking specifically at attracting younger people into working in the housing sector and becoming a CIH member. I became an active participant of their Twitter conversations and helped to spread awareness of the group to my network. Since then I became a social ambassador of the CIH to promote housing as a career, engage young professionals in conversations, provoke debate and encouraging a new wave of talent to join the sector.
What are your favourite things about being in CIH Futures?
My favourite things about being in CIH Futures are the amazing camaraderie between Futures members and being able to network with like-minded people who are very passionate about attracting the next generation of housing professionals and assisting in the retention of CIH members. As a CIH Futures member, you are also able to influence change through the views of young people and introduce new and innovative ways of working.
What are some of the CIH Futures group’s biggest achievements since you joined?
One of our biggest achievement is the introduction of under 30s £60 concessionary membership fee which resulted in the increased membership of under 30s members. We have also introduced the Human Library through our Instagram account. Human Library is packed with resources available to support learning, develop knowledge and lead to progress. Our library differs from a conventional library because we have replaced the books, with humans. Our resources are available to young, new or simply curious housing professionals to help them progress their development. We are also passionate about increasing awareness of our group through social media and we have introduced ‘Member Monday’ on our Twitter account, which allows each member to engage in conversations.
How does the work that you do in CIH Futures feed into the work of the wider organisation?
The statistics shows that only 9% of CIH members are under 30s and CIH Futures act as a conduit to attract young people to choose housing as a career of choice. We inform and help spread knowledge around the benefits of CIH membership and how it can support career development and progression. As a group, we also assist in raising the profile of CIH and working in the housing sector as a whole especially to those who might not heard of CIH.
How has being in the group helped you in your own career?
Being in the group helped me build my confidence by unlocking my network; sharing ideas during our meetings and participating in different projects. I have also learned to think strategically and improve my problem solving skills by recommending solutions to challenges. Being a member of CIH Futures can raise your profile, expand your knowledge with regards to emerging housing issues and make a difference within the organisation.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying?
If you are passionate about the housing sector and would like to see more young people choose housing as a career of choice and you would like to be an ambassador for the CIH then this is a brilliant group to be involved with. Be Bold, Be Brave, Choose CIH Futures!
Eden Bailey is a member of CIH Futures and quality team manager at WM Housing Group.