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Valley House CEO award finalist!

Valley House CEO award finalist!

Valley House CEO LJ Winterburn nominated for the  ‘Women in Housing’ award.

Earlier this year Valley House CEO, LJ Winterburn was nominated by SASC (Social and Sustainable Capital), for the Inside Housing’s Women in Housing: Leaders 2020 award. The judging panel selected her as one of the 20 women making a real difference in the Social Housing sector.

Valley House CEO, LJ Winterburn

Inside Housing is a weekly trade publication that covers the UKs social housing sector.

The 20 female finalists will be announced today (Friday 23rd October). An awards ceremony will take place in November, online in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. LJ has said; “I feel very honoured  to be nominated alongside such a great group of inspirational women and look forward to meeting them all.”

LJ was nominated by Social and Sustainable capital, (SASC) who have secured a £2.5 million pound loan from their Social and Sustainable Housing (SASH) fund, to enable Valley House  to purchase properties 22 properties increasing safe housing for survivors of domestic abuse.

LJ took the role of CEO at Valley House in September 2016 providing leadership and direction which is gaining the charity national recognition. Valley House recently achieved the Trusted Charity Mark award recognising the excellent work it does as a third sector organisation in England.

Under LJ’s leadership Valley House is the first charity in Coventry to be awarded the new Thrive at Work Wellbeing Award (WMCA) – Bronze accreditation.  Gaining this accreditation makes Valley House part of a network of employers committed to excellence in employee mental health and wellbeing.

During COVID-19 Valley House continued to take referrals into their accommodation service, ensuring vulnerable individuals and children escaping domestic abuse had somewhere safe to go. With the rise in domestic abuse during lockdown this was an essential service. The nursery also stayed open to provide childcare to vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Find out more about Women in Housing, including the prestigious judging panel here.