A Fond, Friendship Farewell to June
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities
June Moriarty and Gillian Fellows MBE
Colleagues, friends and customers joined June Moriarty for a farewell lunch today at Beechdale. The retiring Director of Beechdale and Neighbourhoods at Friendship Care and Housing was thanked for her dedication and passion for her work.
“Although it’s been a very difficult decision for me to make, I think the time has come for me to pursue other interests and activities, and that old cliché of spending more time with my family- and my ageing cat!” says June. “It will be hard for me to leave, I can’t believe I‘ve been in the business for 24 years and 18 of those have been at Beechdale. This followed a stock transfer from Walsall Metropolitan Council in March 1996. We’ve certainly had some interesting and challenging times along the way and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of a close-knit team and then going on to secure Beechdale’s future by amalgamating with Friendship three years ago.”
When asked of her proudest achievement, June, a qualified accountant spoke of the challenges she and her team faced upon the transfer from Walsall Metropolitan Council. “People generally expected us to fail, but the dedication and hard work of the team proved the doubters wrong and we went on to build a successful business in a very close community.”
Social housing “gets under your skin,” said June “It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life. I’ve seen the social housing sector change a great deal during my time. Where we were once simply landlords, we now wear many hats: we invest in community projects that make a positive difference to the lives of our customers and we act as advisors, supporters and friends to our customers and encourage them to get involved and help us make decisions.”
The farewell lunch, attended by Friendship’s Chair, Ernie Hendricks and Longhurst Groups Chief Executive Bob Walder, included a special presentation by Beechdale’s Local Management Board Chair, Gillian Fellows MBE. Reminiscing on June’s many years in the business, staff had prepared a photo memory board and baked a celebratory cake.