During my second year of university I applied to be a door to door fundraiser with Wesser. I have always been keen to work with charities and I saw this as a great opportunity to help St John Ambulance. The role also appealed to me as it fit well with the summer break and meant I could save money for the final year of university.
On the day I left home to go to the training session I was really nervous. It was quite daunting to know that I would be living with strangers for six weeks and knocking on people’s doors! However, my time with Wesser was so much fun! Everyone is so lovely and welcoming. Furthermore door knocking can be really enjoyable. As a team member you are always learning new skills and improving. I learnt how to communicate with every type of person and it really built my confidence. In the end I stayed for 10 weeks because I enjoyed it so much.
The help I have received from the Wesser Foundation is absolutely invaluable. The foundation helped fund a veterinary internship which will enhance my application to vet school in 2018. I can not thank Wesser enough for the support they have given me since I joined the team.
Laurene Lambert – Fundraiser – Summer 2016
I worked with Wesser for just under 4 months on behalf of St John Cymru Wales. On joining the team I instantly felt like I was part of a family and the initial training was amazing. Working with Wesser is excellent because there is potential to make great money while doing something that really makes a difference in the world. Wesser were very flexible as they understood that people are often far away from their families when joining a live-in team. I was allowed plenty of time off to recharge, ready to come back and generate lots of new supporters for St John Wales. Throughout my time with Wesser I was provided endless levels of support and thoroughly enjoyed being part of a close knit team, dedicated to helping an amazing cause.
Article by: Jade Wharton – Fundraising Team Leader 2016
Wesser was a name on paper to me when I first learned of the company in February 2016. I felt that making a great contribution to charity while being trusted to relate with people from all walks of life was an opportunity that I would sorely miss. I’m very glad to have followed that opportunity right through from interview to my final days as a fundraiser.
Before completing my days induction Wesser had already showed me how important acceptance is to the success it shares with its employees. Everyone receives the training and guidance to do great things for their charity, and for themselves, from senior employees who recognise new potential.
Each team leader recognises that potential and strives to make their team aware of how their strengths are unique. I saw a company that appreciated the value of treating its employees as important parts of a closely-nit team, I saw leaders in the company that taught newcomers how to find their own motivation and get the best out of themselves every single day of the week.
During my time in south Wales and Devon I took the opportunity to raise support for St. John Ambulance in new places, and to enjoy the beauty of my new home on my days off! During my working week I often met genuine and inspiring people who wanted to help St. John, all of whom I only ever knew for a few minutes. It was also the mix of those experiences within and without working hours that made life at Wesser so dynamic and unique.
Being invited to a Wesser seminar after my first week was a great experience: for leaning about my role in the company, meeting new team mates, and seeing how the senior management of Wesser can engage so well with even the most inexperienced of fundraisers. It was clear that seniors with responsibility dedicate enormously to recognise hard work, and to ensure every one of their colleagues are looked after well in a team that works best for them.
That first conference I attended was when I, and other students like me, were introduced to the post of becoming Wesser campus ambassadors. I now look forward to building on my experience of being a fundraiser in a completely new way; meeting new potential colleagues who want to learn how to move from strength to strength in a fresh new team just as I did.
On reflection I realised the many reasons I hold Wesser in high regard, but the greatest aspects of the company I discovered were not only whom you might meet on the job, or the benefits of relating with fast friends and colleagues from all corners of the country; it was that you can learn how to develop the best of yourself from every person you meet.
Article by: Leo Mckeever – Fundraiser and Student Ambassador