I worked for 6 years at a large bank & before that, I jointly owned & ran a business selling corporate & promotional items.
Initially, I volunteered in the shop on Saturdays, managing the bookshop/video room. I wanted a change of career direction with new challenges & when the manager’s position became vacant I saw it as great opportunity for someone & that someone was me! As manager of the shop, I learned more about the retail environment & enjoyed the challenge of managing a team of volunteers in a more customer facing role. Every day was different & I never got that “Sunday night/Monday morning” feeling.
I then got involved with external fundraising events, setting up & managing the Facebook pages, running the pop up charity shop as well as developing the eBay business. I had a great team of volunteers by my side. With a job that had more meaning & the fact I’m Wayne’s sister with a personal connection to the charity gave my job added value & I know I am making a difference.
I managed The Wayne Howard Trust Charity Shop for 11 years, until it’s closure in 2018.
Now my role has changed. I am the ABICA + (this means Acquired Brain Injury Coordinator Asst PLUS everything else ;o) (Fundraising, Events, Social Media, Marketing and Awareness).
I plan & host the monthly Drop-ins, organise/plan events, raising profile of the Charity hosting info tables, look after all the Charity’s social media channels, design & produce promotional material, run the charity eBay account, assist with admin and more!