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Amy Spiller started working at CCHA in September 2023, but her route into housing happened by chance.  We spoke to Amy about her career plans and how she got her role as Neighbourhood Assistant:  


“I left school with no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and after realising university wasn’t for me, I ended up working in hospitality roles. I had been working at Cafe Nero for a little while, but I really wanted to do something that helped people and to start a fulfilling career. 


“I used to speak to my customers all the time and listen to their stories, one of the customers was someone called Maryan who worked for a housing association. I’d never really heard of one before, but it always sounded like such an interesting place to work. I googled ‘housing association’ and CCHA came up, and they were recruiting for a Neighbourhood Assistant. I applied and got the job, and now I sit next to Maryan every week!  


“Working at CCHA meets every expectation I had, and I love it. Every day I feel like I’m helping people and making a real difference. I definitely see myself working in social housing long-term, hopefully still in the Housing team because I enjoy the face to face aspect of dealing with tenants and building relationships with them. 


“I used to have a nagging feeling of “what am I going to do with my life’ but I don’t have that anymore.”