Wesser Launches Local Fundraising

This summer marked the exciting moment when months of planning came together and our new local fundraising department was set up. Headed by Michael Macdonald, Jason Maxwell and Jim Hill the new section is intended to offer those who want to fundraise the opportunity to do so without having to move away from home.

Initially we’ve opened teams in Manchester, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Glasgow and we are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Fundraisers and Team Leaders who live in these areas to join us in making this new venture a success!

Teams will work 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, making their own way to a meeting point in the city centre before being driven by the company to the area they’re fundraising in that day. As with our live-in side door-knocking finishes at 8, after which the teams are then taken back into the city centre.

It’s early days but the team have big plans to expand the local side of things to other locations across the country so watch this space!

(If you would like to join a local fundraising team visit our recruitment site at www.wesser.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

 

Article by Michael Macdonald – Regional Campaign Manager

The Wesser Mission and Vision Workshop

On the 14th September employees from all departments at Wesser UK got together to take part in our first ever Mission and Vision workshop. A day dedicated to identifying what drives us as a business and what makes Wesser a great place to work.

Human Resources Administrator Michelle Amos, wrote a brief overview of the day especially for the Wesser Blog:

I was invited to attend the company Mission & Vision Workshop on Thursday 14th September where we were tasked with creating a vision and mission that reflects the important work we do at Wesser. I think the fact that employees were invited, is testament to what a great company we work for, and shows that Martin Wesser really values our input. The workshop was run by Piers Fallowfield–Cooper, an executive coach and mentor who has coached and developed high performing executives from all over the world. Piers had asked us to prepare for the workshop by considering a few questions; who were 2 leaders we respected? If we could be any historical, mythological or movie character who would we be? And what companies we like, respect or do business with? As Piers predicted, this provoked a lot of discussion in the office; some people knew their answers straight away, but most of struggled and had to really think about it, which then prompted many of us to ask ourselves why we didn’t know who we respect and why! I think we all got there eventually, all with very different but very interesting answers.

On the day, to start off with, we talked about some of the leaders that people respected and the reasons why. It was apparent that the traits of these leaders were similar in the sense that they had a clear view of their direction and the direction of their companies or organisations. We talked about the companies that people respect or like to do business with. Again the reasons why were along the same lines. We then looked at some different companies including John Lewis and Apple with mission and vision statements that stand out from the crowd. Piers talked to us about the Why, How and What. What we do and how we do it as a company is straightforward, but working out why can sometimes be the hardest part. So we split into our smaller groups for the day and started working this out. Most groups thought about words that they connected with Wesser. Some of the words that came up numerous times were; family, integrity, ethical, welcoming, the best, morals and unique which are all excellent terms for employees to identify with Wesser.

After lunch, in our groups we started working on putting our vision and mission together. This was very challenging; however, when each group presented their ideas, there were some really impressive results.

Although we did not create a final Vision and Mission during the workshop, together we have made a great start, from which we will create an inspiring and memorable vision for the business. Thank you to Martin for inviting us to be part of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Article by Michelle Amos – Human Resources Administrator

Top tips for fundraising success!

 

As a top performer in Wesser, you can imagine I get asked “how do you do it Faye? Whats your secret?” endless amounts of times; each time I answer differently. There is no secret. I really can’t pin point the direct things that influence my performance but there are most definitely a few factors that seem to come up quite frequently – so why not try to coherently put them in writing?

 

http://ashbournefarmsupplies.com/shop/uncategorized/double-edged-hoof-paring-knife/ 1. Go Vegan

Okay so maybe this isn’t for everyone, but I guess what it stems from is “do what you believe in”. I have always been passionate about the environment and taking care of my body when it comes to food and exercise, yet more often than not I find myself blinking and a 12 pack of crisps have somehow ended up in my stomach. I seem to do well when I am concentrating on doing things that make me happy or make me feel good – and a large portion of that is being a committed vegan.

 

here 2. Don’t shut up

I talk a lot. It’s that simple. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are human beings and our soul purpose is interaction and making connections with people we meet, whether that is fellow fundraisers or supporters on the doors. Make friends! This comes first and then what follows is your passion for your job. Some of the best advice I can give is just make friends with the people you meet because both fundraiser and person behind the door will leave with such a good feeling and those are the people you remember – not the ones that shut the door before you whispered hello.

 

source 3. Train, Train, Train

As a Team Leader, I encourage my fundraisers to participate in training every day before work. They understand this is not a paid part of the day but what they benefit from the daily training is better performance. My team is one of the best quality teams in the company and that comes down to our ongoing training with hitting our monetary targets along with our KPIs to ensure successful long term support. So don’t be afraid to ask your Team Leader, they want to see you succeed!

 

4. Find your motivation

Whether that is money, St John Ambulance/Cymru or St Andrews First Aid – find your why. If you don’t know why you are doing this job, you won’t be doing it for long. Make some goal boards, some smart goals, anything to keep your motivation up and urgency even higher.

 

risperdal 4 mg flash 5. Remove all limitations

I have met some fundraisers that only bring a certain amount of supporter forms on the doors with them. Having that physical barrier puts up a mental block and it sounds silly but it really can stop you from reaching your full potential. Every day you go out, always look for one more. Some people set a goal like “8 today” and others go by “just one more” after each supporter, so find the way that works for you.

 

Last but not least….

 

6. Team work

We all know this job can be hard, so work with your team. Stay positive, make sure you are keeping moral high and remove all negativity! Have good conversations, spread love and drink responsibly!

 

Everybody can have bad days (I still have the odd zero) but with more experience comes confidence, and with confidence comes supporters, and with support comes breaking your own mental barriers.

 

I joined Wesser in September 2016 and up until this year, my best week had been less than 25 supporters and my best day was 8, with only 2 of these days since I joined. I had built myself a mental barrier!

 

In June I hit 33 processed supporters for a staggering £4026 (For St John Ambulance) in one week, breaking Wesser records for the year! (Still not quite pushing that 8 supporters per day to a 9).  2 Weeks later I had a sense of urgency to hit my minimum supporter numbers after having 2 days off and achieved 10 in a single day!

 

Always strive to do better than your best.

 

 

 

 

 

Article by: Faye Lightfoot – Team Leader – Horley

From Summer Job to Student Ambassador

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wesser, The job was great fun and taught me a lot about charity fundraising while building my confidence when dealing with the general public!

Joining a live-in team for the summer made the whole experience much more than just a job and it meant I had a great social life during summer even though I was away from home.

I really enjoyed the company seminars and the numerous incentive events. It was also great meeting loads of incredible people who taught me so much.

I was offered the opportunity to become a student ambassador during term time. Doing this I learnt a whole new set of skills as well as being able to work flexibly around uni and earn good money.

Since leaving Wesser I have been able to utilize the experience I gained to secure a years internship with a leading recruitment consultancy making the experience all the more worthwhile!

Ellie Sawyer – Fundraiser and Student Ambassador

More than just a summer job!

I worked for Wesser on behalf of St Johns Ambulance during summer 2016. I began the job with very little confidence; I was assigned a team that at the start were strangers yet became more like family by the time of my parting.

The training on the first few days -performed by my Team Leader- was incredibly insightful, I got to see with my own eyes what it was really like to be so passionate about a campaign that raising money wasn’t a chore but an honour. This is an aspect I took away with me, as the weeks went by I grew more and more proud of the changes I was making for the charity, simply by speaking to the people of the community, making friends.

You do get people open the door with a few brief curses and then slam it back on you, however those who wait, ask questions or even invite you in make it all the more worth it. I met some of the most aspirational people in my life that I would not of otherwise met and for that I’m incredibly grateful.

Seeing my name rise up through the leaderboard of the company not only inspired me to carry on pushing myself day to day, more to the point, created a light competitive side between colleagues that delivered to the charity more well deserved donations. I reached top in the UK by my 6th week with the company, that’s how quickly you can progress.

I would never say someone couldn’t do this job, as I didn’t truly believe I could myself, though with the achievement I made and the awards I gained, I can proudly say I smashed it. Something I’ve never given myself credit for before.

Review by Samuel Swahm – Student/Charity Fundraiser

Becoming a Fundraising Team Leader

I remember feeling like I wasn’t really ready for the Team Leader role, it took a lot of belief and support from those around to even begin to feel like I could fill those boots that seemed so big. The element that attracted me to the role was that sense of importance, knowing that you can help and guide someone to bring out the best of them not only in the workplace but also as an individual. I loved the idea of creating and building a strong team of individuals and living and working in harmony.

The training I had with Compliance and Best Practice Manager – Joey proved how my vision could be possible. It taught me so much about the admin side of becoming a Team Leader and what the role entails but most importantly elements you learn over time like positivity, ‘ask don’t tell’ approach (which by the way, is SO hard) and even how every individual learns in different ways, and how to cater to them.

Since this training, I have felt completely supported in the process of becoming a Team Leader and I have never felt alone. I know I have support from James (Snr Campaign Coach), Joey and Leanne (Fundraising Campaigns Assistant) in the office whenever I need some assistance with something I may not know or have forgotten. Team Leader is a fantastic responsibility and can provide you with great life skills and also bonuses when you and your team do well! Lead by example and they can only follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article by: Faye Lightfoot – Wesser Waltham Abbey Team Leader

 

A life-saving cold caller!

It goes without saying; there are times when knocking at people’s doors trying to gain supporters and donations can get tough. There are occasions where sometimes the rejection and comments can get to you, especially when you’ve done this job for a long time. But there is one thought that has come to my mind several times. And it’s this very thought that keeps me going despite whatever reactions I may get from day to day:

We knock around 100 doors every day, 5 days a week. We speak to around 175 people per week, and give them a First Aid Guide. What many of us may not think about is: we don’t know, and may never know how many lives WE have saved just by the act of giving that first aid guide to someone. Because, we don’t know how many of those estimated 175 people a week may actually end up reading that guide and using the information they learned to save a life. And if it wasn’t for you or me giving them that guide – that life may not have been saved.

When you think about that – it really hits home that we are not just doing a job knocking at doors and trying to get donations from people – we are all LIFE SAVERS.

So if you’re feeling low or not doing so great – just change your thoughts… you’re not going out to work – you’re going out to save lives!

Article by: Scott Morrison – Team Leader – Wesser Beckington Fundraising Team