Wellingborough Homes’ manager swaps office for overalls
Published by kerri smith for Wellingborough Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Louise Brooks, Support Services Development Manager at Wellingborough Homes, gets her hands dirty as she becomes a caretaker for the day.
Louise Brooks swapped her office and computer for brushes and rubbish skips when she went ‘Back to the Floor’ and became a caretaker for the day at Wellingborough Homes.
It meant Louise, normally Support Services Development Manager, had to get her hands dirty clearing garages and cleaning vans when she spent a day with the 10-strong team of estate caretakers who work for the not-for-profit housing association.
She was picked for the day after colleagues donated the most money towards the Wellingborough Dog Welfare charity for a chance to see her in overalls and a pink high visibility vest – entitled ‘Manager Day Release Programme’.
The day also gave Louise a real chance to see what working life is like for her colleagues who are out maintaining more than 4,500 homes in Northamptonshire.
She said: “It was a really varied day. We had the help of the local police when we opened a number of empty garages to check what was in them. Then we were sweeping the garages and disposing of any rubbish in them. I also had to clean the vans at the end of the day.
“I enjoyed getting stuck into the work, and it was great to be part of the team. The estate caretakers do a fantastic job, and I would love to join them again. It was a chance for me to get out onto an estate, as well as get an insight into the work of the caretakers.”
Alan Miller, Estate Services Supervisor, added: “It went really well, as the lads on the team were pleased to see a manager coming to work with them for the day, and it was a bit of a different day for Louise. I’m sure she learned something from it, and hopefully we will do it again.”
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