Day 83 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Wednesday, 24th March 2021

It was an absolutely beautiful spring day today, and it was also a really busy day. Everything seems to have come along at once, and I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to fit in a real job (when I finally manage to get one). I have a new charity alert (sort of) within which I have an official role! It’s still volunteering, but I believe it takes me a step closer towards where I want to be.

What: Life Skills Hub Meeting
Organisation: Only A Pavement Away

I kicked off my day with a meeting about the Life Skills Hub, which will be launching on Tuesday, 13th July. We’ve got another meeting with Wilko tomorrow to discuss how they might be able to help us put together some packs for the newly-housed OAPA members, so I’m hoping that it’ll be quite productive, and we can move forward with them. I’m really pleased to have had an answer from Wilko, and everyone there seems so kind. Also, they all seem to have worked there for a really long time. I’m genuinely excited to see what OAPA can achieve this year, as I rally think it will be the year that they go from being a tiny charity to one of real consequence, especially within the hospitality industry.

What: Auction Fulfilment
Organisation: Dons Local Action Group

I’m still plugging away with the DLAG auction and I’m edging my way closer to getting all of the lots out to their worthy recipients. In all honesty, I’m not sure if I want to do another auction for a while unless I know exactly where all the prizes are! There’s not much more to say on this project for the time being, other than it’s already been quite time-consuming!

What: Professional Volunteer Manager
Organisation: The Dons Trust

New organisation alert! Today, I wore makeup for the second time this year for an interview with The Dons Trust. The Dons Trust is the trust that runs AFC Wimbledon on behalf of the fans, and they exist to “maintain supporter ownership of a successful, financially stable, professional football club playing at the heart of our communities”. This organisation is not entirely new to me, as Dons Local Action Group and AFC Wimbledon Foundation are affiliated with them, but I’ve not worked with them directly. I had an interview with them to go for a Professional Dons Volunteer Manager role, a role which would require me to find, recruit and manage professional volunteers. Professional volunteers are volunteers with skills and qualifications in things like design, editing, law etc. They called me back about an hour after the interview saying they’d love to have me on board! Yay! This is really positive, as it’s something I could quite easily see myself doing. I’ll look forward to seeing what the role brings…

What: Quiz Catch-up
Organisation: Cricket Without Boundaries and Bat For A Chance

Lee, Ali, Will and I had a quick catch-up about the quiz, which didn’t take too long as everything feels pretty organised. One of my actions is to put together some sort of script/running order for the evening. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but haven’t gotten round to it. I really want it to go well and raise lots of money.