Sara’s in line for top prize

Submitted picture'Super sara: Sara Parkin, pictured left promoting a healthy eating and gardening project, has been nominated for a national housing award.
Submitted picture'Super sara: Sara Parkin, pictured left promoting a healthy eating and gardening project, has been nominated for a national housing award.

A HOUSING advice manager employed by Ripley-based Futures Homescape is in the running to be named the best young leader in housing circles.

Sara Parkin, 29, who heads up the homelessness advice service at the housing association, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Young Leaders competition, run by 24 Housing magazine and backed by housing minister, Grant Shapps.

The competition aims to find the brightest young talent in the housing sector and is open to those aged 30 and under. Sara was nominated by colleagues, and has beaten off competition from 100 other professionals to make it into the final five.

Sara said: “I am honoured to have made it so far through the competition and grateful to my colleagues for nominating me. I really enjoy my work and get real satisfaction from helping to tackle the causes of homelessness, and increasing people’s opportunities and life chances.”

Sara will now go through to a national judging day, with a chance to win a training package and a day shadowing David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation.