I have volunteered and worked for the local voluntary sector for 12 years in a variety of roles, which included managing training provision for Kingston Voluntary Action, and running two amazing local organisations which support the most deprived members of our community.
During my career in the voluntary sector in Kingston, I successfully raised funds from the Big Lottery, BBC Children in Need, Tudor Trust, Esmee Fairbairn, Lloyds Bank Foundation and others, and partnered with pan-London organisations in successfully bidding for ESF and London Councils funds.
I also formed relationships with invaluable local funders and supporters and helped organise and run a hugely successful fundraising event to celebrate 30 years of Refugee Action Kingston.
While working for Kingston Voluntary Action during 2009 -2013, I particularly enjoyed contributing towards and witnessing the growth of many Kingston organisations through KVA’s comprehensive training programme, capacity building of voluntary sector managers, inception of Love Kingston, collaboration with Cranfield Trust and introduction of the LocalGiving platform.
During that period I also qualified as an Outcomes Champion and through training and one-to-one support, encouraged organisations to think about their aims and objectives and develop comprehensive outcomes frameworks.