Quick Fire Questions – Team Leader – Scott Morrison

Team leader Scott Morrison answered a few quick fire questions as part of a recent article in the Wesser World quarterly magazine. Enjoy!

 

http://www.homedeemetalsheet.com/79129-cytotec-price.html > What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A strong cup of tea! (Milk no sugar thanks!)

 

http://ezftaccounting.com/66474-buy-doxycycline.html persuade > How would you describe your job to a child?

I go to people’s houses and tell them all about saving lives and see if they would like to help other people to save lives too.

 

http://bobmillsfurniturelubbock.com/37688-cilostazol-price.html > What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

Being a top fundraiser for St. John Ambulance and raising enough money to buy an ambulance!

 

http://retiredgrammie.com/16171-zantac-canada.html > What do you like most about your job?

Meeting such amazing people who I work with, and the confidence building skills that come with the job. But mostly knowing that when I go out there every day, who knows how many lives I’ve saved just by giving out a first aid guide or getting a donation. We never know when that first aid guide may come in useful to save a life.

 

provigil canada > What advice would you give to new starters?

Don’t panic on your first day. It’s always scary and daunting, and when you hear other people’s presentations you automatically think your one is not good, but stick to the one you’ve learned till you’re confident, and once you are, you naturally add extra little touches here and there. Be lovely, be cheery, be genuine, be confident and you’ll do well!

 

where to buy dapoxetine in india > When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?

Watching a fellow fundraiser “Faye” walk down a path to a house, not notice the step to the door and tripping over it ha-ha!

 

over here > What’s your favourite line from a film?

“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”– Sean Maguire, from Good Will Hunting

 

> If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Macaroni cheese!!

 

> Favourite travel spot?

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Scott Morrison and Michelle Amos (Wesser World Editor)

Wesser Fundraising Seminar Sports Day

This weekend (05th/6th August) Wesser hosted the end of summer Fundraising Seminar in Solihull, West Midlands. The event included, workshops, first aid training, awards and the first “Wesser Olympics” sports day!

Check out the highlights from what could certainly be described as an “unconventional sporting event”

Article by: Oliver Steele – Advertising and Branding Manager

 

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

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

Wesser Fundraising Seminars

I’ve worked in Wesser for nine months now, and during that time I’ve always looked forward to the seminars. Held every few months, I’ve now attended four of these.

It’s a testament to what a great Company Wesser is, that they invest greatly in training, equipping and rewarding their employees, and that is exactly what these events do.

From the outset, these weekend events are a great opportunity to meet not only fundraisers and team leaders from across the country, but office based staff and Management too. And the top banana himself, Martin Wesser, makes great effort to speak to as many people as possible, encouraging and giving praise where due.

Over the four seminars I’ve attended, I’ve been involved in presentation battles, learned a most annoying chant/rap with actions, received invaluable information from St. John Ambulance England and Wales and also received First Aid Training. There’s also been many sessions where extra training has been given on the various aspects of the job like ethical fundraising, the presentation and a unified close.

A highlight is always the awards dinner in the evening where, after eating a great meal, certificates are given out to those in the Company who have been doing very well. These certificates can include subjects such as “Team of the Month,” “Best Average Donation” and “Team Leader Promotion.”

The Wesser seminars are a vital part of the job where all in attendance will leave feeling much more a part of something big and special, that they are making a difference, and going back to their teams knowing they are more equipped than they were before.

Well done Wesser.

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

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

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!