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Well, what a week I’ve just had. Anyone who knows me, understands that no week of mine is ever remotely similar. I like that, but I get it that everyone else might not enjoy working in that way!
An interesting week of some ecstasy, ups, downs, travel, real fires, Hook Norton, new places, old places, lots of mixed emotions.
Towards the end of the week, however I had the chance to join a proper, ‘Back To School’ type moment.
In Scotland, I work with the lovely Arneil Johnston folks, helping them as associate with all their ICT work with Council and SocialHousing clients. As part of Scottish Housing Day, Arneil Johnston undertook some free schools outreach with a number of secondary schools.
As part of that, I went back to school in East End Glasgow, within a stone throw of Celtic FC’s ground in Parkhead, last Thursday. A group of about 20 teenage students from St Mungos Academy played an interactive game, about different personas and housing options, which may match their future circumstances. It was an interesting afternoon and on hand too were a couple of staff from Parkhead HA, to explain what socialhousing is for and who might be most suitable or eligible for it.
The game covered and described all the types of tenures, to be found in the school locality, as well as stressing the need to understand the range of what may be available, wherever these young people take their lives. IE limited socialhousing, intermediate rents, Shared Ownership, PRS (Private Rented Sector) and buying to become an owner-occupier via a mortgage. Arneil Johnston also have access to a wide variety of current statistics to provide insights for the students. Local builders and others were name-checked in the presentations.
In Glasgow, the percentage of owner-occupiers has reduced in recent years, in a similar way to most of the large cities & conurbations across the UK. More than ever we need to equip our youth about the options out there and how they might match a career, income level or diverse social needs, to possible housing options.
The day was fun and I would be fibbing, if I didn’t admit to having a wee warm feeling, by its conclusion. I think the majority of the students took a lot from the session. In contrast, although I personally have lived in all but one of those tenures, had absolutely no coaching/teaching at secondary school or college as to what options were out there for me.
An understanding of potentially diverse housing options, in a rapidly shrinking pool of properties, across the UK, is a useful skill to pass on to teenagers, getting ready to leave school. I think we should be doing more of this, relating it specifically to local catchment areas, landlords & other options.
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