Paul Tennant, Orbit’s Chief Executive, has been appointed to the new role of Housing Ambassador by children’s charity Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).
CPAG recognises the impact of poor living conditions on children, young people and families across the country and seeks to highlight the close links between housing and child poverty by appointing Paul as Housing Ambassador.
Over a quarter of children in areas where Orbit works are growing up in poverty so the organisation has developed socio-economic profiles on its core communities to gain a greater understanding on the services and provisions needed in each area ─ testament to Orbit’s commitment to improving the social and economic prospects of its communities.
Paul Tennant, Orbit chief executive, said: “In these challenging economic times, housing providers need to look across their communities and commit to the ever-expanding role we need to play, above that of a landlord, to improve the lives of children and young people in the areas where we work.
“There’s a definite overlap between the housing and poverty agendas and through collaborative working between agencies we can seek to break the poverty cycle in many communities across the UK.”
Paul joins a line-up of charity Ambassadors for CPAG, all chosen for their commitment to ending child poverty, including actors Jassa Ahluwalia and Simon Callow and journalist/campaigner, Jack Monroe.