Lewisham Homes - Board helps tenant develop new skills

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Ophelia Bobori probably has her daughter to thank for becoming a board member for Lewisham Homes. The social housing provider, which manages 18,000 homes on behalf of Lewisham council in south-east London, had invited Bobori to apply for the position – and her immediate reaction was that she could never do it. But her daughter, then 12, drew a small box and told Bobori that she was stuck inside the box and needed to venture outside. So she interviewed for the position and was successful.

“It has been absolutely amazing,” she says of the role, to which she was appointed in September 2013. “I can’t believe how I’ve flowered since I started on the board. I can’t believe how the board has developed me, my personality – qualities I didn’t know I had.”

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