Spotlight – Five minute interview with an ERoSH member

In each ERoSH ezine we speak to different members and trustees to find out more about their involvement with the organisation.

This month we spoke to Linda Milton, who is chief executive of Waltham Forest Housing Association. Linda has been an integral figure in ERoSH since it was formed, not only being involved in the working group to achieve charitable status for ERoSH and setting up the Waltham Forest Regional Network, but she has also been an advocate and active trustee for many years. She has been Chair of ERoSH and is currently Hon Secretary of the organisation.

Why did you get involved with ERoSH?

I heard Imogen Parry speak at a conference and then shortly afterwards about the report on the Emerging Role of the Warden and how this was now going to progress onto the Emerging Role of Sheltered Housing. Imogen was inspirational to me and the power of her speech led me to where I am today. Apart from older persons’ issues, I am also passionate about the role of small housing associations. The fact that there was no representation nationally encouraged me to promote our work as part of a national body and ensure that a ‘small’s’ voice was heard.

What are the benefits of being involved/ what do you get out of it?

Being in touch with all that is going on, more so today than ever; the ability to share and learn from good practice around the UK; being proactive in trying to make a difference; and working with some like-minded inspirational people.

Would you recommend people get involved, particularly at the moment?


What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the sector at the moment?

Keeping up with the speed of change in the sector and being able to adapt to suit without reducing standards of service.

What are you most proud of – personal or work?

Professionally, I am very proud of my organisation and the role it has in older persons’ services locally and nationally, as well as our autism scheme for five adults. Personally, the four generations of my family, who help me find some reality in what I do! A special mention has to go to my dad, who is nearly 88 and is an advocate for the success and benefit of sheltered housing.

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