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Lyng CA welcomes a new member to the team

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Published by kerri smith for Lyng Community Association in Housing and also in Communities

Nita Bhuttay settles into her new job at Lyng Community Association. Nita Bhuttay settles into her new job at Lyng Community Association.

Resident-led Lyng Community Association (LCA) has given a jobseeker the chance to re-enter the workplace and help reinvigorate the estate.

Mother-of-one Nita Bhuttay is thrilled at the chance to get back into work and be at the heart of the continuing development of the landmark West Bromwich estate.

Nita has been appointed as part-time administrative officer for LCA, as maternity cover for Liane Ralley, and said she couldn’t wait to get stuck into the role.

She said: “The estate is just fantastic now, there’s a real sense of community and a lot is happening on the Lyng and in the surrounding area. I’m looking forward to meeting the people who live and work here. I’m a real ‘people person’ and can’t wait to get started.”

Nita, born and bred in Sandwell, said it would be a busy role as the estate was developing at such a fast pace. The LCA is working with Sandwell Council and Barratt Homes to redevelop the Lyng with 350 new homes for sale and rent, public open space and a children’s playground.

Nita, aged 28, who is also studying accountancy subjects part-time at Dudley College, was out of work when she applied for the job. She was given a welcome helping hand by Alexis Lucock of Sandwell Council’s Think Local recruitment team.

She said: “Being a working mom is not easy and I was looking for administrative work that would suit me. Alexis at Think Local supported me with my job applications and I was delighted to get this role. There’s a lot to learn, but it’s a lovely place to work and I’m sure I’m going to enjoy it here.”

Alexis runs a weekly drop-in session at the LCA office in Frank Fisher Way every Tuesday from 10.30am-3.30pm. Residents are invited to pop in to find out about job vacancies with Sandwell employers and training opportunities in the area.

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