I am grateful for the opportunity to try to put some of my experience towards the good of the community and so as an accountant I was attracted to joining the Finance and Audit Subcommittee. I have long been interested in jLiving specifically as a relative lived in one of jLiving’s properties many years back and I occasionally slept over on the floor, I confess quite possibly against the rules. This is my chance to pay that back!
I just joined in the Summer/Autumn of 2021, so have not yet attended a meeting as at the time of writing.
A former boss told me that joining an organisation in this way is like being the good friend who’ll tell you if your new haircut isn’t great: supportive but honest and only acting in your best interests. Serving on the Finance and Audit Subcommittee gives me the privilege of playing a similar role: joining the discussion and friendly challenge of the numbers and financial processes of jLiving. I bring with me the hair having turned grey through a couple of decades of accountancy, a keen interest in what everyone else in the room has to say, and a willingness to ask the same question again when I don’t understand the first answer.
No, but it’s something that has developed from working in a care/nursing agency many years ago and then from jobs in real estate, infrastructure and consumer protection.
Unfortunately, there are many, not least that ‘good quality’ will mean different things to different people. Social housing providers have the precarious balancing act of delivering core services for a fair rent, but not necessarily the maximum rent. Within that, there are increased pressures from COVID, changing fire/safety concerns and changes to benefits, among other issues, all of which make the tightrope walked by social housing providers ever narrower.
The cliché about two Jews and three opinions comes to mind and the provision of communal facilities brings the challenges of catering (metaphorically but potentially also literally) in order to welcome different streams and observances of the community. The relatively few areas which host Jewish communities places some constraints, but there is a migration within the community also. I was once told by of the communal organisations that they estimated most synagogue/communities had a 50-year lifespan, far shorter than the lifespan of bricks and mortar.
Quite possibly for some people, but that would be their problem. Stigma is like beauty: it’s in the eye of the beholder. Social housing is a vital service like any other; it should be viewed no differently.
Erm… I never actually read ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, even though I may perhaps have, inadvertently, just a little bit, given the impression that I had done so. I only hope my old school friends aren’t reading this!