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First day nerves?

Community Fundraising is key to keep our services for 240 young people on the go every week, we are delighted to welcome Faith to the team, a member of the Institute of Fundraising, Faith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, albeit the first role she has had within the autism world, but she's a quick learner and is making her mark already!


Here's Faith's blog on joining a new charity and her thoughts so far.....


Starting a new job always comes with excitement but when being successful at your job can mean the difference between people getting support or not, it raises the bar that bit higher.

I’ve never worked in Perth before so decided to spend a couple of days scoping out the parking charges, the best routes to get there and of course, the best places to get lunch. I discovered the Broxden Roundabout was best avoided, Delicious was delicious and parking charges could range from zero to a tenner a day depending on how far I wanted to walk.

I arrived seriously early but still parked as close as possible to the office to make sure I wouldn’t be late! You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression they say ;) Knowing what is going on around you is one of the most important skills of a community fundraiser so I tuned into the local radio station but hang on, there is Tay FM and WAVE FM. What’s the difference? To someone local, the answer might be obvious but to a Fifer who usually listens to Radio 2, it was just another question that needed an answer.

Someone told me that the first month of a new job was all about the 4 L’s. Location, Leadership, Literature and Lattes and that’s certainly the case here. I have met the totally dedicated senior leadership team; I have read all 21 policy documents and 8 leaflets relating to our services and even created my own fundraising leaflet; I have pounded the pavements meeting our amazing donors and supporters; and definitely drunk my fair share of coffees.

So what does next month hold? Definitely more time for L’s while I explore our Outreach locations; meet more wonderful people; get to know the team better; and there are whispers of something musical happening? That could be fun!! Bucket collections, Christmas card sales, quiz nights and maybe a Gin Tasting night? The ideas are certainly flowing and I can’t wait.

If you want to be involved in fundraising for a truly special charity then please do get in touch with me. I know where the kettle is (but still haven’t found the good biscuits!)



Faith Nicholson, Perth Autism Support Fundraising Officer. faith@perthautismsupport.org.uk

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