Julie loves being a board member

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Julie Thomas has been on Melin Homes board since 2015, she has kindly shared her board journey to encourage others to join a housing sector board and make a difference to other people’s lives.

“Just before I retired I was working on the – The In One Place Project, and was approached I have since been approached by other associations but Melin had already ‘struck a chord with me. I liked the feeling I got from staff at the offices when I was doing the project and it’s a local organisation.”        

“For me being a board member has meant continuing to use the skills and experience developed over my NHS career. I feel that I am making a difference to someone’s life by being part of Melin and providing good quality homes and services for residents.”

“I feel privileged working with such a committed and talented group of staff, they really do inspire and challenge me. I enjoy meeting the residents, and listening to their views about the services we provide. I really love when I get to meet staff and residents at events like Zest in the Park, other community events, and staff at the thank you events. One particular highlight of my board career was the opening of Ty Hen Ysgol, seven flats of bespoke accommodation to meet multi-discipline needs across diverse physical and mental disabilities. Coming from a background in supporting people with learning disabilities, Ty Hen Ysgol made me so emotional and proud.”

“This has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever done. Being a board member means you really do make a difference to the lives of people, who need homes and importantly you help set the culture of the organisation, supporting staff and the wider community.”