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New to the job – Katherine Prichard

New to the job is a feature where we meet people from across the sector who have taken on a new role. If you want to take part email ben.black@bronafon.org.uk

Katherine PrichardWhat is your name?

Katherine Prichard

Where do you work and what do you do?

I am the Social Inclusion Officer at Monmouthshire Housing Association. We support individuals who feel socially isolated and lack the confidence to engage in the community.

Why did you choose a career in housing?

I first started working in housing and support in 2010. I love making a difference, not only in people’s housing situation, but in their communities and their opportunities in life. I believe a home is not just a house or an address. It is somewhere where we should feel safe and secure. It is a community and a positive environment and I enjoy being part of that. It is a really exciting career as there is such a variety of roles and areas from support, prevention, engagement, maintenance etc.

What is the most important thing you have you learned since starting your career in housing?

I have learnt a lot about myself and my personal skills since being in housing. I have learnt I have much more resilience and patience than I thought I had! I have also learnt about the reality of housing poverty in society. Also, how we make links between the conditions in a person’s home and their general and mental wellbeing.

What advice would you give someone applying for a job in housing?

Go for it! There is such a variety of roles and areas that the housing sector offers. If you would like to work with people, from all walks of life, many of whom can be extremely challenging and experiencing some really hard times and make a difference it can be very rewarding.

Where would you be working, if not in housing?

After graduating from university, I managed a busy pub/restaurant/hotel and gained some management qualification so I would probably still be there……I have always wanted to be a dress up character in Disneyland!

What motivates you?

Making a positive difference in people life and the rewarding feeling.

What do you do to relax?

I have a two-year-old so I would love to know the answer to that question! The thought of a nice quiet spa day!

Proudest moment?

Probably my graduation…. or in my previous job, after lots of work, research and campaigning, we were successful in expanding and diversifying the Night shelter which offered an additional 10 extra bed spaces a night and more support in different areas for the most vulnerable. That was very special.

Most embarrassing moment?

I was stuck in a glass lift for over three hours once and everyone in the shopping centre could see. It took the fire brigade to come out and I had an audience and an applause when I escaped!

What was the last film you watched and how did you rate it?

I watched Titanic as it was on TV last night, I cried.

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