Take a moment to remember why we’re doing this:
We’ve had the MOST fun putting #HousingCup19 together and as usual we’re massively impressed by the way you’ve taken it to heart and mobilised on mass to make it the best competition yet! And we’re really excited to tell you that this year we’ve raised an amazing £11,000.00!!!
But aside from the fun, there’s a very important reason we’ve hosted the Housing Cup for a second year running and raised a load of money. So we’ve got a few (very personal) words from CIH President Jim Strang to tell you why raising the profile of domestic abuse, and securing crucial fundraising for Women’s Aid across the UK, is so important:
“My father was an extremely controlling and abusive man — this is an issue I have a really personal connection to and as a result I’m extremely passionate about it.
“Domestic abuse affects so many people and everyone in housing has a responsibility to ask what more we can do.
“Women are dying. Mothers, sisters and daughters are being murdered or permanently scarred mentally as well as physically on a daily basis and it has to stop.
“We as a profession are well placed to help identify the signs, to deal with the outcomes and help tackle some of the root causes of domestic violence. We’re in these homes more regularly than most other professions.
“Housing people can do more for a family, for a person, in one day than most professionals can achieve in a whole career. That’s the power and influence that housing workers, regardless of role or grade, can have. We must use that influence to its greatest extent.”
Here’s the link for more information about Jim’s Presidential appeal:
"My father was an extremely controlling and abusive man - this is an issue I have a really personal connection to and…
You can also find out how your organisation can pledge to support the Make A Stand campaign.
All the money raised from the #HousingCup19 is going to Women’s Aid, Welsh Women’s Aid and Scottish Women’s Aid. You can find out more about these organisations, info and statistics on abuse and how you can continue to support their efforts at the bottom of this blog.
Thanks to our sponsors:
As always, we are incredibly grateful to all of our generous sponsors:
Headline sponsor: Longhurst Group
Heat sponsors: Greenacre, Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association, Ward Hadaway, Riverside, Unity Housing, Yorkshire Housing, Pobl, Merthyr Valleys Homes, Hough Bellis Communications, Westward and Raising Roofs
Winners of the Yorkshire and Humber heat
Incommunities — After being pipped at the post in the 2018 competition, a second chance on home turf was enough for Incommunities to bring their squad to the final. Shipley’s finest were serious about a win after a vigourous summer training programme.
Winners of the Welsh heat
Valleys2Coastal — the Welsh megateam came together and were a force to be reckoned with. Valleys to Coast brought a cast of newbies to the competition, combining with Coastal Housing Group’s almost champions from 2018.
Winners of the North West heat
South Liverpool Homes — SLH were serious contenders for the 2018 title after securing a wildcard placing in last year’s final. 2019 and a heat on home turf in Liverpool teamed with the epic support of chief exec and former CIH President, Julie Fadden, bagged the team a finalist place and ready for a shot at the 2019 cup!
Winners of the East heat
PA Housing AKA Team Purple — The famously social Team Purple showed the competition that they could bring more than a Boomerang to their heat in Milton Keynes earlier in the summer. Favourites to pick up this year’s title? Time will tell!
Winners of the London heat
Notting Hill Genesis — Returning for another shot at glory for 2019 and the much coveted Housing Cup to take home, Notting Hill Genesis were fresh from their London heat win, stronger than ever and ready to take on their competitors in Birmingham.
Grand Union Housing Group — Grand Union, led by soon-to-be CIH President, Aileen Evans, were our first wildcard selection drawn after a closely contested heat in the East. The team were closer to victory than ever, would they go home with the prize?
London Tornadoes — Our final wildcard pick was led by Futures alumnus, Faisal Butt. Thanks to the team at Greenacre and a few of our very own #FuturesFam to get the real wildcards up to a full squad and ready for the final.
7th Notting Hill Genesis @NHGhousing
The London team were sadly knocked down to 8 players due to an injury after their first two games, but full of the spirit of the competition, taking part was the most important thing.
6th Incommunities @IncommunitiesHA
The Yorkshire squad showed a good game and were full of support for their fellow competitors. Great all-rounders, Incommunities were leaders in being great company!
5th Grand Union Housing Group @GrandUnionHG
The only team to field their Chief Exec in the final, Grand Union put on a good show. With star bowler, Young Leader finalist, Katie Barker, their final placing was fiercely contested by the real wildcard pick from the capital!
4th London Tornadoes This rounders powerhouse does not have social media presence set up…YET!
With a few Futures bods in the mix and a little help from friends at Greenacre, the team were a real force to be reckoned with.
An epic effort from the top three teams:
3rd South Liverpool Homes @SLH_Homes
Liverpool’s finest had strong support from their leadership team, with both Julies making the journey to Birmingham to cheer their team on in our grand finale. Following their 2018 success, SLH continued to be one of the strongest teams in the competition, placing third in the final standings.
Wales. Wow. What can we say. It was EPIC to watch this merger of talent progress through the tournament.
Well done Team Purple from PA Housing @PA_Housing!