We spoke to our new Housing Buddies at the beginning of the programme, finding out more about their background and hopes for their involvement with the project. In our third interview, we meet Lindsay Roches.
- Tell us a bit about yourself – what’s your experience in the housing sector?
I’m relatively new to the sector having graduated in 2016 and participated in the Graduate Employee Mentoring (GEM) programme at the Wheatley Group. I have worked at Inverclyde Council and I joined Queens Cross Housing Association in January 2019. In 2017 I completed CIH level 4 and have recently become a chartered member of CIH. I’m also on the board of Elderpark Housing Association.
- Why did you want to get involved with Housing Buddies?
I had wanted to do some volunteering for a while, but had not found the right opportunity. In my current role I deal with a lot of performance reporting, policy and regulation so I wanted to get more front line experience and talk to people who access services.
- What are you looking forward to most about being a Housing Buddy?
Being able to help people with their housing journey where possible and contribute to an excellent organisation.
- Why do you think Housing Buddies is an important programme?
Housing Options Scotland takes account of all sectors and discuses all options available with people who contact their service. I think organisations like this are rare, which makes staff time limited, and housing buddies is a key way to elevate that but still offer a supportive and excellent service.
- Why is volunteering important to you?
Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and see things from a different perspective. It is an opportunity to get to do things you wouldn’t normally be involved in. Ultimately, volunteering is about giving a small amount of time that can make an important impact.