Meet our Housing Officer Maryan Hassan
1. When did you join Inquilab and why?
I joined early Feb 2019. I had heard about Inquilab from Inside Housing (sector magazine) and was impressed with the good work Inquilab does as BME leaders in Housing. Especially Gina, our CEO, a BME leader who reflected ‘me’ in my profession – which is rare!
2. What made you want to become a housing officer?
I have great experience and generally enjoy the social aspect of bringing communities together and creating closer neighbourhoods. And, through that, hopefully integrating and supporting our residents to play a big part in supporting their community.
3. What would you introduce to Inquilab? If you could do anything?
I would like us to recognise a calendar of events, as a group, to choose which events we want to celebrate annually. Taking turns to mark the chosen dates. E.g. Eid. Diwali, Cancer Research Coffee mornings etc. So that we can come together, mark that day and no important days are forgotten.
4. What’s an average day like?
Every day is different which keeps the role interesting. I never know what to expect –there is little routine as the demands of my customers dictate my priorities. Obviously, I do plan for estate inspections, supporting vulnerable customers and tenancy renewals etc.
5. What do you like most about your job?
It’s a close unit of people who are supportive. I appreciate the support and trust I get from the leadership team, which helps me deliver for my customers.
6. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I speak 3 languages, Somali, Swahili, English and a little bit of Arabic.
7. If you could change the world where would you start?
I would balance it out – bring more equality to the world. Bridge the gap between rich and poor.
8. What’s the next thing on your ‘to-do list’?
To follow up actions from the joint Estate Inspection with the council representative at Carleigh Court. And then, I am managing the transfer for someone suffering domestic violence.
9. What would you like to be remembered for?
Making people laugh – I’ve got a good sense of humour – Bringing a bit of banter!