Positive Footprints logo


Shaping Brighter Futures: Celebrating our impact with partners at Housing 2023!

Positive Footprints are thrilled to announce we’re heading to Europe’s biggest housing festival, Housing 23, in Manchester on 27th – 29th June. We’re even happier to say that our keynote is open to all to attend; From delegates to visitors, all are welcome!  

We’ll be proudly shouting about the positive impact our network has had on 11,000 children and young people across 300 schools, thanks to the collaboration of 26 partner organisations dedicated to shaping brighter futures.

And we won’t be coming alone! At our keynote speech, instead of hearing what adults believe children want, we’ll be joined by pupils from Monksdown Primary School who’ll champion the voice of the children and young people within our network and share what they need to help them shine brightly in their future careers.

Of course, the children will need a little support to get their messages across. This support will come from our own Mrs Positive, AKA Managing Director, Lesley Burrows who’ll be joined by Guardian Columnist and Commentator, Gaby Hinsliff and our long-standing housing partners, Cobalt Housing’s Chief Executive Claire Griffiths and Career Starter, Melissa Smith. 

This session will put the spotlight on how housing associations are developing partnerships with schools to raise aspirations and open up the world of work for the next generation.

Managing Director, Lesley Burrows said:

 “It is truly inspiring to witness the power of young voices and the impact they can have. I firmly believe that children are the future leaders and change-makers we need, but they can only be what they can see. By providing them with platforms to express themselves, we can open up a world of possibilities and ensure they are aware of the variety of careers available in their futures. The collaboration between our partners, like housing associations, and schools in our network that’s enabled us to raise the aspirations of 11,00 young people and ignite the spark within young minds, but there’s more to do.”

We’d love to welcome you to our Housing 23 keynote to learn how you can support brighter futures for children and young people in your community. Taking place on Wednesday, 28th June, 12 pm – 1 pm, in the Exchange Auditorium, straight after the keynote ‘In conversation with the Regulator of Social Housing’, and don’t worry; you don’t have to be a delegate to attend! Our keynote is open to all.

You can find out more about our keynote, here: 


To book a free visitor pass for CIH Housing 23, visit: 

CIH Housing 23, book a free visitor pass

Sneak peak at Shaping Brighter Futures

Additionally, Managing Director Lesley Burrows will also be speaking at the ‘Making housing a career of choice’ keynote on Thursday, 29th June, 10.45 am – 11.30 am.

This session will delve into attracting and retaining the future housing workforce and creating inclusive workplaces that reflect evolving communities. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear diverse voices share their experiences, views, and a hopeful vision for the future.

To find out more about this keynote, please visit: 


Skip to content