[JOB] Head of Housing and Property

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Head of Housing and Property

Salary: Up to £50k (pro rata) depending on experience
Appointment Type: Permanent
Hours: 3 – 4 days per week
Location: Hammersmith, this role is primarily based on site at John Betts House W12 9NJ

 

About us

Hammersmith United Charities is a 400 year-old Almshouse Charity providing sheltered accommodation for local older people in high quality flats surrounded by prize winning gardens.

About the role

We’re looking for a new leader of our Housing and Property team to help bring a 400 year old charity to the forefront of 21st century best practice with an emphasis on the wellbeing of residents, including residents in our decision making and introducing new technologies to improve outcomes and run operations more effectively.

Responsibilities include overseeing the management of two sheltered housing schemes containing 91 flats, a small investment property portfolio, a small in-house team of Scheme Managers and gardeners and a varied team of external contractors.

About you

The ideal candidate will have a successful track record in a similar role and be proficient in all aspect of running a safe and efficient housing operation. You will have a good working knowledge of promoting independence, inclusion and wellbeing. You will have excellent leadership skills, good judgement and be a confident and robust decision maker. You will be up to date with relevant digital developments for housing and willing to embrace technological change. We are looking for an effective communicator, able to take the lead, build consensus and move everyone forward together at the right pace

All candidates will be required to undertake a DBS Check.

How to Apply

Please read the job description, complete the application form and send along with your CV to clerk@hamunitedcharities.com by noon of Monday 9th November.

We anticipate that first interviews will be held during week commencing 16th November, meetings with staff and residents will be held during the week commencing 23rd November and final interview and presentation during the week commencing 30th November.

Hammersmith United Charities Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In line with Government advice, Hammersmith United Charities has invoked our Business Continuity Plan and implemented a new operating model focussed on keeping the residents of our Almshouses, our team, contractors and partners safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic. (more…)

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Get ready for Halloween!

Pumpkin carving tips and ideas

Pumpkin carving

 

You will need: Pumpkin, a marker pen/pencil, a sharp knife, a container to collect the insides.

1.       Health and safety! Make sure you have a steady non-slippy surface, a good hold of the pumpkin and always carve away from yourself.

2.       Use the marker pen to draw a line around the crown and mark the pattern you want to carve.

3.       Use the knife to carve, collect the insides in a container to make delicious pumpkin goodies such as soup, pie and hummus.

4.       Place tealights inside your pumpkin, put the top on and add to your Halloween display! This is John Betts House resident Bryan with his final pumpkin.

5.       If you do not want to use knives, there are some fun alternatives. Check this to find some inspiration!

 

We’d love to see your pumpkin creations: take a picture and tag us on social media!
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V with roses

Five minutes with…our community gardener

Victoria helps residents enjoy our gardens and keeps them looking beautiful.

V with roses

It’s difficult to sum up what I love about gardening. It’s everything. How different plants grow, the seasonal and weather changes (even rain!), seeing others enjoy the flowers that appear and how it invigorates all your senses.

I have always loved flowers, trees and plants. I previously worked as an NHS speech and language therapist and before that in education. Over time, I found myself increasingly turning to outdoor work. The more I did, the more the enthusiasm grew, until I was certain that gardening was the career path for me.

I have seen the proof that gardens can be restorative. I encourage our residents to enjoy the gardens as much as possible, whether that’s sitting and looking, or participating in tasks. During the tighter lockdown, they were a safe space for people to sit and relax. Residents said they felt lucky to have them.

Talking to the residents is lovely. It’s great to learn what plants people like in the garden, or what they are doing with their container gardens outside their flats. I love listening to tales from their lives – many people have such interesting stories. It’s quite inspiring and sometimes very funny.

It was a really hot spring and summer but we watered mostly by hand. I could not have done it all without the residents helping me. They were completely brilliant. They often help me with plant names that are new to me (there are so many!), and do daily tasks like open and close the greenhouse and check on the barrel pond at weekends. It really helps. Heading into winter, there will be many jobs to do in the gardens. One of the biggest is mulching, which is adding an enriching and insulating layer of composted material to every bed in the garden. We have lovely things on show, like winter flowering shrubs. The residents often stop to chat about what they can see on their way through the gardens.

There is always some colour throughout the year. Jackie, the head community gardener, has used succession planting. So when certain plants fade, others begin to pop up. There are lots of lovely surprises as the weeks go by. You have no idea the gardens are there from the busy London roads outside. You step into a peaceful, natural space you’re not expecting. When I first visited almost a year ago, I felt the ‘wow’ factor, and I still get that now.

 


Find out more about our sheltered housing

With award-winning communal gardens, our friendly and affordable sheltered housing helps residents live independently for as long as possible.

We have flats available now for older people from Hammersmith. Talk to us on 020 8600 0650 / 07733 842 574, email info@hamunitedcharities.com or read more here.

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