Urban Planning Personal Statement
London is the most populous city in the European Union (Office of National Statistics 16/10/06) and further additions to the EU countries of membership, conflicts and political instabilities abroad mean it shall continue to grow. People need high quality homes, employment, public services and recreational facilities to be able to achieve economic stability and live healthy meaningful lives.
In my 4 years of working within the public housing sector and 1 year working as a learning support assistant in a secondary school I have gained a considerable understanding of how different communities live, work and prosper. Working within one of the most culturally diverse boroughs in the UK, Haringey; as a Supported Housing Officer, Support Coordinator and currently a Resettlement Officer assisting young people leaving care, I have developed an interest in the growing problem of meeting the housing needs of an ever increasing population and providing a public service that is inclusive.
In undertaking this course of study I hope to improve my skills and knowledge and be involved at a senior level in social housing. My experience of working in the 10th most deprived borough in England has been very positive and enjoyable and has inspired me to deepen my involvement in this area of work. I am committed in meeting the needs of vulnerable members of the public as well as the wider community. From working with the young people I have seen at first hand the amount of support they require because of the physical and emotional barriers to accessing services.
Statutory and voluntary organisations seek to empower the public and give opportunities to people who want to choose and decide the types of services they want. Whilst at St Ignatius Housing Association I initiated the publication of a quarterly tenant newsletter called the SIHA Dweller with the purpose of encouraging clients to comment on our service, promote organisation events and to empower Service Users in their own support. I organised and Chaired the first St. Ignatius H.A. Tenants Forum. Clients were given an opportunity to express opinions and make recommendations on how our service could be improved.
In my spare time I enjoy various sports and play in the 1st team of the Old Tottonians Rugby Club. I also attend the gym several times a week and enjoy cross country running. My personal attributes make for a successful student as I posses commitment and determination. I hope one day to progress to be Chief Executive of a London borough. To this end it is necessary for me to broaden my skill base and give me the necessary academic training to fulfill my goal. I look forward to achieving my full potential through higher education.
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