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Jane Robinson, Voluntary Action Leeds' Communication Manager for the last fourteen years moves onto pastures new today.
When I started working at Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) in January 2000, I never dreamed I would still be here fourteen and a half years later! To that point I had never been in the same job for more than two years. To be honest, since the age of 18 I'd barely lived in the same city for more than two years!
Times they are a-changin'
Communication has changed so much in that time - ten, 16 page hard copy newsletters a year was my main responsibility in 2000. My bread and butter was to be 'out and about' interviewing groups across Leeds, scanning all the hard copy newsletters and journals for local and national news and sourcing loose inserts promoting new events and jobs.
In 2014, VAL produces very little hard copy information and relies almost solely on web and social media to inform us of what's going on which I love. Developing relationships and interacting through twitter and Facebook is lots of fun! Is that what work is supposed to be?
Moving on up
But now it is time to move on - I have new fish to fry - initially in the form of a Masters in Social and Cultural History at Leeds University. I'm continuing to work part time at Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours' Scheme and will be looking for new challenges in the sector I'm sure.
A big thank you to everybody I've worked with at VAL and in the sector over the last decade and a half. I've never stopped learning and I hope I never will. The photo above was very kindly taken by my colleague Dave, who secretly lined up the 95 newsletters I've edited over my years at VAL - shout out if you recognise yourself!
If you'd like to follow me on twitter you can at @janerobinso