Ziggy Togni, Training Manager at YMCA Brighton

How did you decide to work at Brighton YMCA?

I’d just moved to Brighton after completing a degree at Bradford university and during this course learnt a lot about, social policy, welfare rights, community conflict, housing policy and urban regeneration. Bradford had a huge amount of deprivation but some amazing community workers as a result! My placement in tenant participation sector of the local authority clinched my interest in the housing sector. I had previously always worked in various care settings and working for a housing association seemed to marry the two!

In three words, what does your job entail?

Coordination, Communication and Development

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I always loved working on the front-line despite its challenges mostly because of the contact with clients and an opportunity to make a positive difference to the future of someones housing and contribute to ending their journey of homelessness. But after 15 years it was time for a change, now I have the opportunity to influence the development and improvement of training provision and try to support staff wellbeing and professional development.
What is the biggest challenge in your position?
Making sure everyone gets the training they need, it is actually no mean feat and currently impossible! Although doesn’t compare to the challenges on the front-line, every role comes with its unique set of frustrations!

Get in touch: ziggy.togni@brightonymca.co.uk