“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better, and your better is best!”
I was on holiday when the results came in, but was still waiting up at 1am to hear the results. I was buzzing after that, so didn’t get much sleep (thank goodness I was on holiday so could sleep in the next day!).
Hearing from a number of different candidates who were interviewed but didn’t get the job, that they so enjoyed the interview process and finding out more about the charity, they were impressed and would recommend us to others despite not getting the job! We have done a lot of work on the recruitment process and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved. Looking at all the amazing people we have recruited, we are clearly doing a lot of the right things. I know that this will keep being reviewed, to ensure we stay up to date with ideas and new ways of doing things that fit with who we are as a charity.
Hearing families speak at the Carol Services at St Martin-in-the-Fields has always been so moving. It keeps everyone grounded in why we do what we do. Kevin Gosden’s speech stands out especially, that where there is love, there will always be hope.
The many “cat” idioms and ‘cat’chphrases used due to my name, which often ended with me grinning like a Cheshire cat (ba-dum-ch)!
Working with colleagues across the charity to formulate the values as we have them today was a project of passion for me. Having values that really reflect who we are as an organisation and help everyone understand that easily was so exciting. Seeing the impact they make in big and small ways every day is so rewarding.
Seeing my area of work grow and taking on additional staff has been fantastic, and it’s been so great to be called part of the ‘HR team’ and it actually means more than just me! Working so closely with my colleague as well as the HR Volunteer and our Finance colleague, has been great fun with many good laughs in between all the hard work.
Taking on Learning and Development was a wonderful opportunity for me, and I’ve so enjoyed seeing some of my ideas, thoughts and work come to life.
Working with such brilliant, interesting and hard-working volunteers across the charity has been inspiring. I’ve also been so lucky to have the loveliest people donate their time to support me in my role. If you can, I would encourage everyone to volunteer somewhere, it makes such a difference to the people you volunteer for but also to you. To see the volunteer opportunities at Missing People, click here.
Having a poem I wrote read out at the Edinburgh Carol Service as well as at the Memory Tree for Together to Remember, meant so much to me. You can read it here.
The social gatherings we have had over the years are always such a blast! I loved getting creative and one year I put on a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Richmond Park – there were books hanging from the trees, we had teacups and flower shaped sandwiches – I even had a Mad Hatter’s Hat! Spending time with colleagues outside of the office and having a real laugh and lots of fun is really special.
And on that same note, everyday lunches in the Staff Room
with colleagues – I’ve often had to stop eating as I’m laughing too much; we have the most hilarious and random topics that come up.
Bringing my creative interests into the mix with baking for various functions, being arty and crafty at home to decorate
the various themed parties, practising coaching techniques, writing, taking photos…I feel like I have been able to be more than my job title, which again fits in with the values.