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Goodbye for now!

Project Manager Sarah Vining is stepping down from her role to pursue a new opportunity with the RSPCA Cymru. Here she reflects on the successes of Open Doors so far, and what the future has in store for the project.


My last day in Tai Pawb – I can’t believe it has come around so fast!

Firstly, I would like to say that I am very sad to be leaving such a brilliant team. Everyone who works at Tai Pawb is truly passionate about making the world a better place, and I have really enjoyed working here and being a part of it.

Looking back over the past nineteen months of Open Doors, I am very proud of what Nazia and I have achieved. We’ve connected with hundreds of landlords and tenants across Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil, and improved their experiences of the sector through ensuring everyone is fully aware of their rights and responsibilities. It has been wonderful to meet so many people and hear their stories, and provide support and training to those who need it in order to try and reduce inequality and discrimination in the private rented sector.

Some of my highlights . .

Our “Open Doors on the Road” launch, where we managed to engage with 257 people across fifteen venues in three days . . . phew!

Holding a successful event in partnership with IKEA Cardiff, despite almost being defeated by the Beast from the East

Launching our Landlord Guides with an event in the Senedd

Tenant Champion Hasminder’s stirring speech at last year’s Tai Pawb conference

Our recent very successful tenant champion training sessions in Barry and Cardiff

And finally, it was fantastic to be recognised at the recent CIH Cymru Welsh Housing Awards, where we won the ‘New Ideas and Innovation’ prize.

Partnership working has been key to the success of the project so far, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed their help, support and guidance – there are too many to mention here, but hopefully you know who you are! Thank you in particular to our delivery partners at the RLA, who have helped enormously to introduce me to and steer me through the world of private landlords. I hope to have the chance to work with you all again in the future.

I am delighted that Nazia has been given the opportunity to take on the Project Manager role; I know that she will be fantastic, and continue to do the amazing work that I have been privileged to oversee over the past year and a half. I am excited to see how she will develop the project work in the future, and will be keeping in touch to hear all about it.  

Thanks again everyone – and goodbye for now! 

 

 

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Goodbye for now . . .

Project Manager Sarah Vining is stepping down from her role to pursue a new opportunity with the RSPCA Cymru. Here she reflects on the successes of Open Doors so far, and what the future has in store for the project.

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