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 Ken Johnson, who is a quality officer at Riverside ECHG. Ken got involved in April this year, when Riverside became a member, and he has already taken on active roles within ERoSH. He has become a trustee and is a member of the marketing group and he will also be representing ERoSH at the Centre for Housing Support (CHS) Code of Practice Practitioners’ Working Group.

Why did you get involved with ERoSH?

Because of my belief in high quality older people’s housing services. I could see the benefits of working with other practitioners to share best practice and learning points.

What are the benefits of being involved?

ERoSH is widely regarded as the voice of and the main consultative body for sheltered and retirement housing, and represents the sector to government, health, supporting people teams and other stakeholders.

Why would you recommend people get involved?

ERoSH membership gives organisations the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from the experiences of other sheltered housing providers. Membership also enables organisations to stay in touch and keep up to date with issues regarding older people’s policy development and strategy.

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

Spending cuts and an ever ageing population.

What are you most proud of – personal or professionally?

Being the lead officer and achieving the CHS Code of Practice – making Riverside ECHG one of the largest organisations to do so

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