A social housing real estate investment trust (REIT) has given its backing to an organisation that is working to help women further their careers in the UK housing sector.
Civitas Social Housing plc is sponsoring Women in Social Housing (WISH) to support its day-to-day activities.
The organisation is the only member-based network for women working across every discipline of UK housing. It undertakes crucial work in challenging stereotypes and helping to remove barriers for women working in the sector.
It is also dedicated to encouraging women to choose a career in housing, as well as assisting those already working in the sector to progress and develop.
The new partnership will be a key factor in helping WISH, which rebranded last year and is currently undergoing a restructure, to build its network and deliver new events and services for its increasing number of members.
“We are thrilled that Civitas has agreed to sponsor our work. Sponsorship of this nature enables us to promote the aims, objectives and the many strengths of WISH to a wider audience,” said Katie McDonald, WISH’s finance and membership manager.
“This sponsorship will help us in our mission to address gender equality across the sector. It will enable us to support more young women thinking about housing or construction as a career and help us offer support through our mentoring programme.”
Paul Bridge, chief executive of Civitas, said: “We are firm believers in maximising diversity and equality within social housing – it results in a better service for tenants. WISH plays a vital role in supporting women in social housing careers, and we are proud to be their staunch supporters.”
Civitas is the latest company to sponsor WISH, which signed sponsorship deals last year with leading infrastructure services, buildings and developments and housing group Kier, property development and investment company MHA London, Greenacre Recruitment and national law firm Capsticks.
WISH runs its support network through nine regional groups across the UK. Members can meet like-minded women and enjoy inspiring events in a relaxed and fun environment.