Seraph Property Management attended the CIH TAI Conference in the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff last week. The two and a half day conference brought together ‘All of Us’, a poignant theme of the week, which addressed the issue of the Housing Crisis and what can be done by the industry working together. Seraph were delighted to exhibit in the conference representing the Private Rented Sector and the team were on hand to discuss all housing matters and continued the debate over who is responsible for the housing issues today’s society are faced with.
The theme ‘All of Us’ is a message to the sector to highlight the greater impacts of the Housing Associations, Governments and the Private Rented Sector working as one body to solve housing issues. Research during the conference revealed that housing problems are one of the top five main concerns, which shows us the understanding that this is a matter that we are all aware of. If the awareness is present in the public eye, then ways of taking action can be looked at. The CIH conference didn’t shy away from particularly taboo areas of housing such as domestic abuse, homelessness and sex for rent, and to be addressing these matters amongst the professionals is an example of the industry’s willingness to make changes and improve housing for everyone.
It was an particularly special time for us, as our Block and Estates Manager, Katie Hill picked up the award for New Housing Professional of the Year. CIH Cymru use this award to celebrate the creativity, passion and contribution of housing professionals across the breadth of the sector in Wales. A competitive category with four candidates shortlisted, based on a public vote and a panel of judges, but it was Katie that stood above the others, with her hard work and dedication clearly shown in her Block Management, with her video, presentation and fire safety blog, which you can read here. Katie’s achievement will see her being mentored by a CIH board member and with access several courses, full CIH membership and her blog published in the Welsh Housing Quarterly Magazine.
Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration closed the conference highlighting the importance of all housing sectors working together to prevent issues such as homelessness, vulnerable tenants and Universal Credit. CIH Cymru did an outstanding job of organising TAI2018 with highly suited guest speakers such as David Olusoga and hosted the Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening. Thank You to Paul Diggory, Chair of CIH Cymru and Matt Dicks, Director of CIH Cymru and all of CIH Cymru for making the conference a success and we look forward to next year!