Coffee break with Julie Fadden
This month we had a quick coffee break with Julie Fadden, chief executive of South Liverpool Homes and the homeless charity, Crisis to ask her how she manages to juggle her dual roles and fit everything else that she does in!
You’re a very a busy lady – how do you balance your work between your different roles as Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, chief exec of South Liverpool Homes and the homeless charity Crisis?
It’s been a crazy busy 17 months covering the vice presidency at the Chartered Institute of Housing, being in the presidents role too and writing speeches and presentations. I’ve travelled over 74,000 miles, and raised over £60k for Crisis as well as steering South Liverpool Homes and keeping it a fab place to work. The answer is multi tasking and having excellent ICT to keep me in touch at all times and in whatever time zone. I find myself doing emails in the early hours and whilst travelling – the answer is not to waste a minute!
Tell us about your current fundraising challenge.
It’s coming to the end now but I have been raising money for Crisis, the National homelessness charity, and my colleagues have been amazing this year doing bake-offs, sleep-outs, the three-peaks challenge, bicycle rides, runs, walks, and we have had fun too – but all in an amazing cause to get people off the streets for good.
Why have you chosen Crisis as your charity?
They do more than just find housing for homeless people, they help the whole person, their self-esteem, provide training and mentoring to get them into work and providing the ongoing support they need.
What are the Skylight centres?
Skylight Centres provide all the support, training and rehousing for homeless people and they try to help them into work as well as a home.
What do you think the biggest challenges will be in 2017 for housing associations?
An ever-reducing resource pot to provide enough housing at the right price for an increasing supply of people in desperate need. Austerity measures have forced more people onto the streets – now 250,000 and the benefit reform has left people penniless and desperate for weeks. This has increased use of food banks, cuts to support services that housing organisations try to pick up even though they have suffered a real reduction in income of 16%. Housing supply is needed but the money isn’t there to do it.