Image: Cath Kinson from Jackson’s Quay in Barry supporting a recent housing campaign in this photo. She has been shortlisted for Best Community Leader.
Newydd Housing Association, with more than 1500 properties in the Vale of Glamorgan, can boast real talent as, not one but, three women have been shortlisted in the Women in Housing Awards to take place in Manchester on 2nd of November.
Showing the breadth of talent of staff, tenants and Board members, each of the three women represent different areas of the housing association. Cath Kinson, a Newydd tenant in Barry has been shortlisted in the Best Community Leader award, Lyn Bond, also a Newydd tenant has been shortlisted in the Most Effective Board Member, and Rachel Honey-Jones has been shortlisted for Exemplary Housing Professional.
The 5th annual Women in Housing Awards aims to celebrate women’s achievements in the housing sector, promote the innovative contribution of women and to encourage women to flourish.
Cath Kinson, shortlisted for Best Community Leader, has not only helped significantly improve Newydd’s service provision as a member of the Scrutiny Group, but has been heavily involved in community regeneration activities to help tenants learn new skills, get closer to employment and become digitally included. Having become a Newydd tenant in 2003 and following a period of depression, Cath decided that she needed to take action to overcome her feelings, so took a lead role in organising social activities for her housing scheme. Her abundant enthusiasm and fantastic organisational skills soon improved things for others living at her scheme.
Rachel Honey-Jones, Community Regeneration Manager at Newydd, is keen to develop others, leads on equalities and takes a heartfelt interest in ensuring quality of service is genuine and not tokenistic. Recently she successfully won more than £750,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to continue the provision of a health and wellbeing project for another five years. Prior to her successful employment at Newydd she worked with communities through the i2i project in the South Wales Valleys and was a finalist in the 24 Housing Young Leader’s Award in 2015 before joining Newydd in May 2016.
Lyn Bond, shortlisted for Most Effective Board Member, started volunteering in the community with her local tenants’ association in Rhydyfelin, and followed this by joining the Newydd Board eight years ago. Lyn has been a driving force for tenant engagement in Wales, she was one of the first tenant inspectors appointed by the regulator and a member of the Welsh Government’s Tenant Advisory Panel. In 2011, Lyn was the worthy winner of the Most Inspirational Tenant, a Welsh Tenants Federation award, and in 2016 Lyn won the Housing Champion category at the Welsh Housing Awards.
Rachel Honey-Jones said, “I am particularly pleased that two highly dedicated women, whom I work with very closely, will be travelling with me to the ceremony next week, not only to represent Newydd but all the women working hard in social housing in Wales. Lyn is incredibly passionate for the rights of tenants and contributes so much to the breadth of knowledge within Newydd’s Board. Cath similarly is very passionate and loves people, doing anything for others. I hope the three of us can bring the gold back to Wales!”