I’ve worked at WPI in the Tenancy & Property team for about six years.

What motivates me about the work I do is seeing how happy the women and children are when they get housed. Going into a property and seeing it turned into a home.

It’s not just bricks and mortar. These are permanent homes for so many of the women and children we house. To see the pride going into creating a home. It’s the little things. A set of household rules on the fridge. The way a child has set up their bedroom. A teenage girl who for the first time has a space of her own and doesn’t have to share with her little brother.

We visit the properties regularly to ensure we’re on top of maintenance. It’s essential to WPI that we look after our properties and we’re responsible landlords. I think the women appreciate that. I believe in the private market you’re sometimes scared to ask for things that you know you need to because you might be labelled a troublesome tenant. Like living in a sub-standard property that you’re paying good money for but not having a working lock on your back door or heating in winter.

I know every one of our tenants by name which is nice. Although I look forward to growth as well, there’s so much need. I would love to be able to give a woman the keys to her new home every day.