My Wesser Journey So Far……….

go to the website At the middle stage of my life I was looking for a new job and wanted to move to pastures new; I was a bit stuck in a rut as sometimes you can be.

buy furosemide for dogs How I actually came across the Wesser opportunity I am not sure, but when reading the detail of the job I thought “that may be a great thing for me”. As an Ex-Soldier, living and working with people is something I have done before and thoroughly enjoyed.

I then looked at the company and the type of work that was involved.  Having never worked for a charity before I thought it would be a great to raise money for a cause that is close to my heart.

Since joining the company over a month ago I have attended the initial training at the company HQ and been part of multiple in-house training sessions before joining a live-in team and getting out into the big wide world of fundraising.

You meet such a variety of people on the doors, on the first day I was truly impressed by the general friendliness of people opening the door. Of course some are not so happy but in general the charity (St John Ambulance) is very well respected everywhere we seem to go and most people have had some sort of experience with all the things that St John do.

After just a few weeks I have been to a Wesser seminar. It was amazing to find out how big the company is in covering a large part of Europe. I even met the company owner Martin who has a real passion for the company and charity partners. This passion can be seen across the whole company as employees know that their hard work results in supporting amazing causes. I also benefitted from the workshops and activities focussed on delivering first class fundraising services.

This whole experience has been great; the living with others, the training and development has been astonishing. I have been meeting all levels of employee who all started at the same place as me, proving there is a great opportunity to progress into lots of other areas of the business.

All in all I was looking for a change and I think I have found the perfect place to move on in my life and career. I am surrounded by great people, doing an amazing job with excellent prospects. Even better is that I feel pride in myself as I am doing an amazing thing by helping save people’s lives by supporting St John Ambulance.

I plan to be here for a long time and keep meeting more and more great new talented people on the start of their fundraising journey!

 

 

 

 

 

Article by Gareth Whipps – Fundraiser – Warrington Team

A Day With St John Ambulance at Cheltenham Festival

I’m a big sports fan… massive. I generally would be happy to watch any sports. Football and boxing have got to be my two favorite but when it comes to atmosphere and excitement, horse racing really gives these two a run for their money (pun intended).

So imagine my delight when St John Ambulance (SJA) kindly invited someone from the Wesser team to observe the final day of the Cheltenham Festival! I was dead chuffed and set about deciding which scarf to wear with my carefully put together Cheltenham attire. I arrived bright and early to the racecourse. It’s very different at that time in the morning, with the bright sun falling across the grounds and a small buzz of people arranging the final bits for the final day. I was greeted by Kevin Dickens – a Community Fundraising Coordinator, who is my main liaison with the charity in South West England – and he introduced me to Beth, an advanced First Aider who was happy to answer my hundreds of questions.

The main base where I met them was actually rebuilt not so long ago; when it was, SJA volunteers were consulted on how it should be built to such a degree the building entrance was moved 90 degrees for easier access. In this main treatment centre you would find four beds, two doctors, some nurses, a handful of paramedics, advanced first aiders and the emergency transport guys. The ambulance crew is also based out of this centre and it’s all to look after the public and staff (jockeys have a separate private treatment centre). Rick Dean, a nurse, was one of the main people to influence this and he explained that the treatment centre could treat pretty much anything except for a major trauma.

Top of the agenda of the day was the morning briefing which I felt privileged to listen in on. Straight up, you notice how jovial everyone is (considering over the next 12 hours they will be giving first aid and, possibly, saving lives). It’s good humored and jokes were in abundance. What also struck me was the ages of the volunteers, with maybe a 50 year spread from youngest to oldest. As well as the enjoyment the guys obviously get from what they do, their instructions are clear. What amazed me the most was the code words used for preparation for evacuation and if an evacuation is cancelled. I of course cannot give this confidential information away but it was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes of one of the country’s biggest sporting events.

Other privileged highlights were seeing the control centre with its banks of computers monitoring each and every face coming into the grounds. The control centre has police, ambulance, fire and three different security firms – not forgetting the mighty SJA! Also seeing what is the busiest helipad in Europe over those four days is also quite something; you actually see a mechanical bird landing every five minutes to drop off another celebrity!

The SJA Cycle Response Units have everything a normal ambulance has but on a bike! These guys impress me no end, being as fit as I could only dream of. Riding a bike with flashing lights and all the equipment to save a life.

Overall, what struck me the most though was the amount of hours given up over the four days of the Cheltenham Festival; 42 volunteers each day, giving up to 10 hours a day. That’s over 2,000 hours given up without even thinking about the preparation hours and the meetings afterwards. It’s a huge event for SJA but they handle it with the same great attitude and professionalism as any other events. These green jacketed men and women truly are heroes – on call and ready for anything from heart attacks and broken bones to infected corns and people who have drunk one to many glasses of champagne!

If I had won some money too, it would have been a perfect day, but I will settle for truly inspirational one.

 

Article by James Dennis – Snr Fundraising Campaign Coach

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

Wesser Summer Job Review

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

The Sully Fundraising Team Visit Cardiff City FC to help St John Cymru Wales

95 minutes of watching 22 men kick the wrong shaped ball on a cold Saturday afternoon wouldn’t be what I would normally call fun. 30 men playing with an egg shape ball on Sunday though, where St John Cymru Wales volunteers were once again out in force in the fan zones throughout Cardiff was more like it.

So how and why were Gill, Dean, Nicole and myself (the Sully team plus one) there?

We had been asked by Amy, at St John Cymru Wales headquarters if we would like do some fundraising at the football match. The reward for saying yes and doing it for about 90 mins before the game, was to be given free tickets to watch the game.

Amy and Stuart met us there. We donned bright yellow tabards and received our collection buckets. We then entered the stadium and were paired up and assigned to an area.

Although we were under cover the concourse was cold. Shaking the bucket is not allowed ( even though I’ve had several shaken under my nose in the past).

Of the many things gained from the experience, one that stood out was the respect that many donators had for St John Cymru Wales. They would often stop, turn around and reach into their pockets and wallets and happily put a contribution in and comment “You Do A Great Job.”

We knew that their feelings for St John are based on decades of seeing dedicated volunteers, not just at the football matches but on the streets of Wales.

There is something we can take into our role as fundraisers for Wesser from this. Sometimes what we do seems to be disrespected. Sometimes it feels like a battle between quality and quantity targets, but much like the football game we saw later there was effort, mistakes, recovery and success. At least for the visiting team on this occasion.

Isn’t that what we are? As far as the doors we knock, we are the visiting team. It takes effort, we make mistakes, we recover from negative reactions and we can always improve our success rate.

By the following afternoon 15 visiting Welshmen had the edge and the victory in the right shaped ball game. Whatever the result or score ( in our case £362 pounds) what we can and will take with us is this simple piece of inspiration. We are all “doing A Great Job”

Article by Mark Lloyd – Wesser Fundraiser