We’ve been interviewing all our volunteer Housing Buddies at the beginning of their involvement with the programme, finding out more about their background and hopes for the volunteering. In our fifth interview, we meet Anne Matthew.
- Tell us a bit about yourself – what’s your experience in the housing sector?
I have worked in the housing sector for around 40 years, and have recently retired. I have worked with a Scottish local authority and two housing associations in Fife, Edinburgh and Stirling, carrying out new build and housing refurbishment and regeneration projects. I am a Board member of a large housing association based in the East of Scotland.
- Why did you want to get involved with Housing Buddies?
Although retired, I am still very interested in the housing sector, and I considered that the Housing Buddies role was something that I could contribute to.
- What are you looking forward to most about being a Housing Buddy?
Meeting new people and hopefully helping them with their housing issues
- Why do you think Housing Buddies is an important programme?
Housing Buddies is a very good idea because it aims to help people in housing need with information and advice specific to their housing situation. Although there is a lot of information available to people about different types and tenures of housing , it can be quite a confusing topic to find what is relevant to your own housing situation and circumstances.
- Why is volunteering important to you?
Although I am fairly new to volunteering, I realize the contribution that volunteers can make to others. I have already met a variety of people from different backgrounds which is interesting, and volunteering gives me an opportunity to help those in housing need through my experience of working in housing for a number of years.