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Wrekin Breaks the Bias on International Women’s Day 2022

This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the work and achievements of women here at The Wrekin Housing Group.

This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the work and achievements of women here at The Wrekin Housing Group.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2022 is ‘Breaking the Bias’, raising awareness of the bias, stereotypes, and discrimination towards women that still exist in all walks of life.

Group Board Member, and one of the top 50 women in housing leaders, Alison Fisher said

“Every year International Women’s Day gives us time to reflect and celebrate the role of women not just at Wrekin but around the world. This year’s theme #BreakTheBias really shines a light on the positive work we are doing at Wrekin not just on International Women’s Day but every day of the year. Wrekin is a truly inclusive employer so, with the right values, we encourage and allow to flourish anyone in any role.”

We asked colleagues to share their experiences and advice to help inspire all women.

Shan Sherborne, ICT Training Developer:

“I am lucky to be part of a team that really champions women. I started my career working in one of Wrekin’s retirement living schemes. I had always had an interest in technology and the organisation supported me in wanting to go down that route. I was allowed to shadow members of the ICT team and they even supported me to undertake a degree whilst I carry out my role as an ICT training developer.

“My role is split. As a trainer I’m helping new starters get up to speed with the systems we use internally. Now I’m going more down the development route, working with team within Wrekin to improve our current systems, as well as developing new ones.

“I haven’t come across any barriers as a woman working in ICT. Since coming into the team I’ve been made to feel very welcome. I’ve had some amazing managers who have encouraged me throughout my time here at Wrekin – they’ve also pushing me to keep learning and pick up new skills.”

Samantha Lewis, Building Surveyor:

“I started about 14 years ago in housing management. I knew then I wanted to work on the property side of things. I’d previously worked in a kitchen showroom – so I knew nothing about housing associations. It’s been quite a journey – I’ve worked across different areas here at Wrekin - and gained a good knowledge of the work we do. I had an interest in pursuing a career in asset management but didn’t have the necessary experience. Wrekin allowed me to study, shadow colleagues and gain qualifications before switching to my current role.

“I have seen a massive difference since I started 14 years ago. Back then you didn’t see many women working on the property side of the business, now we are seeing lots more opportunities. There’s no reason why women can’t work in these roles and I genuinely believe Wrekin is very supportive across the board.”

Jane Johnson, Project Manager:

“I think both Wrekin and the sector has a whole have been very supportive of women. When I look around me, there are now a lot more women in top positions. I think that visibility at the top level is important for younger women who are coming into the sector – they can see career pathway and the opportunities that are available to them.”

Debbye Rowley, Senior Support worker:

“I feel very privileged to work here. I am proud of what I do, I am proud that members of my family have been inspired to join me to work in care. I am proud of all my colleagues…they are amazing, and I am proud of the difference I make every day at Limewood

I’m inspired by every single woman who I work alongside with – my colleagues, our residents and their families. Care has always been a predominantly female career, but it’s nice to see the women in senior positions.”

Wrekin champions a diverse workforce so if you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives and want to join our team of 1250 colleagues take a look at our current vacancies:

8th March 2022