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CIH Cymru is once again leading the search for the rising star of Welsh housing

CIH Cymru is pleased to announce the launch of Rising Stars Cymru – New Housing Professional 2016, a unique opportunity available to anyone working or studying in Welsh housing, either in a paid or voluntary role for less than three years. The competition will showcase, recognise and celebrate the successes of staff, students and tenants at an early stage of their career who are keen to expand their networks (and horizons!) and make a positive contribution to neighbourhoods and communities in Wales.

Now in its 5th year, the competition provides a fantastic platform to showcase the talent and commitment of housing professionals. We are particularly looking for candidates who:

  • have personally achieved outstanding success within their organisation within a relatively short period of time working in the sector
  • taken personal responsibility and initiative for their career and professional development
  • demonstrated that they are passionate and driven about housing, and committed to ethics and professional standards for working in the sector

The competition offers a range of exclusive money can’t buy prizes and opportunities.

The tasks and challenges begin early in 2016:

  • Site visit: Showcase your day to day activity during a judges visit to your workplace
  • Blogs: Two 500 word blogs on the CIH website, one before and one during TAI 2016
  • Twitter takeover: host a one hour session on a housing-related topic of your choice
  • TAI 2016: Presentation during plenary sessions at Wales’ premier housing conference and exhibition

We are pleased to announce that our 3 Rising Stars Cymru finalists for 2016 are:

  • Louise Kingdon, Melin Homes
  • Donna Williams, NPT Homes
  • Jamie Roberts, Newport City Homes


Winners prize:

  • Free 12 month CIH membership
  • Automatic entry into the UK New Housing Professional competition*
  • Opportunity to attend and launch Rising Stars Cymru 2017 at The Big Question 2016, CIH Cymru’s high-level strategic housing policy symposium
  • Free attendance at the Welsh Housing Awards 2016
  • Two x 1-day training courses of your choice from our CIH Housing Academy or a free place at one housing practice conference (Safer Communities, Sustainable Homes, Older People or PRS Summit).
  • A winner’s feature-article published in Welsh Housing Quarterly
  • Invitation to the Cross-Party Housing Group – with a chance to meet housing spokespeople from all major political parties in Wales, and senior managers from membership and representative bodies
  • A year’s mentoring from an influential and inspirational housing professional

* The winner of RSC 2016 will automatically be entered for the UK award for New Housing Professional 2016. The winner's employer will be required to provide further supporting documentation for consideration by the UK judging panel as follows:

  • A summary of the individual's role and career history in housing (125 words)
  • Details of how the individual stands out as a professional in their role and career to date, with evidence to support this (250 words)
  • A description of the activities the individual has undertaken to demonstrate their professional development to date (125 words)
  • Examples of how the individual has demonstrated drive and passion their housing career (250 words)
  • The reason why you think the individual should win this award (250 words)

Runners-up prize:

  • A 1-day training course of your choice from CIH Housing Academy
  • One year’s mentoring from an influential and inspirational housing professional

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