My Wesser Journey So Far……….

buy Lyrica online overnight 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.

he said 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

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

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

My Summer with the Wesser Team

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

The Challenges Of Fundraising

 

I am very proud to say I started with Wesser over 2 years ago and it has been the most amazing and challenging journey.

One of the most valuable things I have learnt is positivity attracts positivity and it is a must in this job.

On a daily basis we deal with external factors we can’t control but we can overcome. The weather being the most common! As I say, skin is waterproof and it means more people are at home to talk to. You may even get offered a nice hot drink on occasion by supportive members of the public.

Some days you might encounter a high amounts of elderly people; just remember that sometimes some of these guys haven’t really spoken with anyone for days and seeing a friendly face might brighten up their day; Yes you might not recruit a supporter but don’t you just feel amazing by giving someone the opportunity to smile? We all have parents/grandparents so just think about them when that happens and how you would like them to be treated!

One thing you will find a lot is people that are not really interested in what we are doing. That said there are also loads of people that take a real interest in what we do and our charity partners. Meeting these people is incredibly rewarding, especially when they show a real appreciation for fundraisers doing what often can be a tough job.

It also can be hard/strange initially working and living with the same people, but look at the positives! You have the support of your team whenever you need it and each team becomes like a little family. Much like living with family it doesn’t mean you need to do everything together, making your own space and plans is also important to keeping a positive work, life balance.

All these challenges pay off when you realise how much you have raised for Wesser’s amazing charity partners and the great projects and activities it has helped fund. It is something to be truly proud of.

Remember a fundraiser is an eternal optimist and if you are proud of what you do and you have a smile on your face you will succeed!

Article by: Irina Alves – Fundraising Coordinator

The All New Wesser Blog!

Not long now……………………………………….

In March 2017 Wesser UK will launch our first ever blog site. We want to show the world what its like to be a to fundraiser on behalf of the UK’s most well respected first aid organisations.

Want to write about your experience at Wesser, get in touch, we would love to hear from you!