Welcome Justin Brett FIEP
15 February 2017
Posted by: Heather Ette
Welcome to our New Fellow
The IEP is proud to welcome Justin Brett FIEP as a new Fellow. Justin is a Social Value Delivery Officer at Clarion Housing Group, focused on their Love London Working European Social Fund programme which will progress 6,300 people into work over three years. He previously worked as a front line advice worker and team manager for Circle Housing (Now Clarion) based in Tower Hamlets for Circle Housing Old Ford.
Speaking of his new Fellowship, Justin said: ‘I have always felt strongly about the importance this type of work and its value as a profession. The work that we all do in this sector is vital and I believe on a par with teaching, medicine and social care. We come into contact with large numbers of vulnerable people often desperate for a life line.
Having worked in the sector for the past 13 years and having spent thousands of hours listening to the hardships that our clients have to face, it is obvious to me that we need to provide a support network that stretches across the country. In an ever changing and ever more demanding role, front line staff need to increase their knowledge base and learn from each other to cope with the new challenges ahead - who better to equip you, than a fellow adviser who has already found success in similar circumstances.
I believe that the sharing of knowledge is the key to success and despite us working for organisations who might be in heavy competition for contracts, all our clients and customers are the same (albeit with a multitude of different backstories).
I’ve delivered a range of training over the years and it always gives me a huge sense of satisfaction to know that by sharing my knowledge and expertise I can benefit colleagues in the future.
I often think of and am driven by the Oxfam advert in the 90’s which borrowed the proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”.
The IEP is an opportunity that we would be foolish to ignore. The wealth of knowledge and depth of talent that exists in our sector is truly remarkable. By becoming a Fellow I aim try my hardest to ensure that colleagues serving in front line roles have the access they need to make the most of their membership; that they feel empowered to share their skills and experiences, positive and negative; and that together we can drive the industry forward as a single voice, with the same passion for supporting our clients into a better tomorrow.
Read more about Justin's Journey in his Fellows Biography here