2013 - Present
Citrus Saturday is a new charity being created by UCL (using funds from an EU Interreg IVB NWE grant) to provide a teaching template for any youth organisation to use to teach their young people about business, raising their aspirations, broadening work options and increasing employability skills. We provide everything needed to teach basic business principles, then start a new business with young people making and selling lemonade to the public. They also get to keep the money they make, ensuring they understand from an early age the link between doing some work and earning some money!
Day to day, I provide technological and marketing solutions, chiefly writing copy and assisting with the social media. My experience in the creative industries and working with brands has made me crucial as the project develops its relationships with potential corporate funders.
In the run up to an internal UCL Citrus Saturday, I was an integral part of the team. My background in watersports instruction allowed me to advise and plan for practicalities of working with young people. I pointed out and solved several issues pertaining to safeguarding and health and safety requirements.
The logistical planning required for over 70 people, 17 teams and 4 tonnes of ice, lemon, and water was eye opening. I lead on this front, working out which teams needed what and how much in over 15 different locations spread around London.
I have now moved into a more strategic roles assisting with the funding efforts writing proposition documents and preparing presentations for others to deliver to potential funders.