Georgina, Support Officer for East and South West England, had been working in events when she decided it was time for a change of career. We spoke to her about her decision to swap sectors and the thing she loves most about her job.
Can you tell us a little bit about your Support Officer role?
Myself and my colleague Jonny work along-side each other to support and develop groups across the East of England. My job is to stay in regular contact with our Group Coordinators and ensure that they and their groups are okay.
What were you doing before Contact the Elderly?
After graduating from Bournemouth University with an Events Management Degree, I went on to become Venue Manager at the Saatchi Gallery where I spent around 4 years organising events. During my time at the Gallery, I began volunteering for Contact the Elderly as a driver and coordinator. I have always had a very close relationship with my grandparents and was taken aback when I realised not everyone over the age of 75 had the relationships with their family in the same way that we did – this is what made me decide to take a totally different career path and start my journey with Contact the Elderly.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Meeting all our wonderful guests and volunteers and seeing the impact they have on each others lives.
Can you remember your first tea party?
I’ll never forget the first guest I ever collected: when dropping her home, she put her hand on my face and had a little tear in her eye, as she was telling me what a fantastic afternoon she had. To this day, we’re still in close contact.