An interview with our newest team member

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17th May 2021

By Naomi Kitchen

Last week we welcomed Nye onto the team. Nye joins us as part of the government's Kickstart Scheme. In this short interview, we chatted to him about what interested him in the role at Goods For Good and what he hopes to achieve over the next six months with us.


Q: Tell us a little bit about you
I love music. I studied Music Technology at the University of York and then worked as a freelance theatre technician before the Pandemic sadly closed the theatres. In my free time I play a lot of different instruments and enjoy climbing and reading when I can. I’m also an animal lover at one point I had six cats and two dogs.

 

Q: What was it that interested you in the role at Goods For Good?
The last year has given me time to think about things and what really matters to me. I was really keen to work in the charity sector and when I saw the role available at Goods For Good, it really struck a chord. It’s sad that we need charities like Goods For Good but we do and I want to be able. to do something that helps people who are struggling. Working at Goods For Good not only gives me the opportunity to help vulnerable people, I was also really interested in how important the environment and sustainability is to them. It’s not just about helping people, it’s also about making sure we help those people in a way that also helps the environment, by saving things from landfill and reducing CO2 emissions. I took a lot of time to make sure my covering letter conveyed the passion I felt for the work they are doing, and it paid off, thankfully!

 

Q: What are you hoping to get out of the next 6 months?
I’ve been really inspired by our CEO Roz, she such an interesting woman and is so well connected. She really understands the needs of the people we support and knows how to get the goods they need most. So, I’m hoping work closely with her and learn how to make connections between at risk groups and those that can help them. If I can contribute towards building a community of giving I’ll feel my time has been well spent.

 

 

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Nye pictured above with volunteers from the , who support black and ethnic minorities in the UK and developing countries by provides health and well being, empowerment workshops which help encourage community cohesion, family integration and stability.

 

 

Q: How has your first week been at Goods For Good?
I’ve really enjoyed my first week at Goods For Good, getting to know how things work and what we do to help. I’ve done all sorts of things from finding items to go into care packages to getting to grips with some of our partners and donors. It’s been a busy but really enjoyable first week.

Q: What have you learned this week?
I’ve learned a lot this past week about how many people Goods For Good helps and the kinds of things we can do to help.

 

Q: Is there anything you’ve learned this week you weren’t expecting to?
How close we all are to becoming vulnerable ourselves and how important it is to support organisations like Goods For Good in helping people that are struggling. The Pandemic has not only affected a lot of people but it’s also shown how many people there are in need. It’s been a real eye opener for me.

 

Q: What’s been the most enjoyable part of your week?
I’ve loved working with David and Sarah and really getting stuck in. with things but I think the most enjoyable part of my week making up packages for one of the refugee football clubs we’re supporting as part of our Sport For Good initiative. Being able to contribute to something like this, knowing how much it can help the quality of someone's life has been quite humbling actually.

 

Q: What’s been the most unusual part of your week?
I’ve been quite surprised by some of the goods we deliver to people in need. Things I wouldn’t have thought about as being essential. But when you think about it, it makes sense. We did have someone offering to donate vaginal suppositories, which isn’t something I. was expecting, or something we take, but it did make me think about people who can’t afford medicines and basic hygiene goods and toiletries that we use every day without thinking about it.


As part of the KickStart Scheme we are also looking to recruit someone to join our Marketing and Communications team. Click here to find out more about the role and to apply: Marketing and Communications Co-Ordinator