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CIH and habinteg housing join forces to champion disabled professionals

24/06/2010


The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Habinteg Housing Association have joined forces to celebrate the achievements of the first intake of disabled trainees to enter the housing sector.

CIH has set up the Positive Action for Disability programme to redress the imbalance of disabled people who are currently not adequately represented in the housing sector as professionals.

The Nicky Chapman award, which will be an annual event, will be launched at the prestigious CIH annual conference at Harrogate on Thursday 24th June.

Baroness Nicky Chapman was a formidable disability campaigner with an equal passion for lobbying for disability rights and the Leeds United Disabled supporters Organisation, LUDO. She was the first disabled peer to enter the House of Lords.

As Chair of Habinteg Housing Association’s Board of Management from September 2006 until her death in September 2009, she was also an inspirational leader.

To commemorate Nicky Chapman’s contribution to the disability rights movement and to the housing sector, Habinteg has sponsored a prize which will be awarded each year to the best performing disabled trainee as part of the CIH’s Positive Action for Disability programme

CIH Chief Executive Sarah Webb said: “It is particularly apt that PAfD trainees will be aspiring to gain an award that bears the name of a truly inspirational and pioneering disabled person. I am sure that Nicky Chapman would have been proud to be associated with our project, and would have cheered our trainees on to become housing professionals and future leaders – who also happen to be disabled people.”

Paul Gamble, Acting Chief Executive at Habinteg, said: “Habinteg applauds the PAfD programme, it’s a massive step in giving disabled people the opportunity to shape the future of housing from the inside. Habinteg has been looking for an initiative to support in Nicky’s name; she was passionate about giving disabled people a chance. She fought so hard herself, for so many things, and gave back so much as a mentor – I see this as a fitting tribute.”

*ENDS*

For more information on Positive Action for Disability contact Graham Findlay PAfD Manager on 07508 042112 or email graham.findlay@cih.org


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