Voluntary Action Leeds' Funding Advice Support Worker answers our questions.
A Day in the Life of our very own Kaye Wilson, Funding Advice Support Worker
Q: How long have you worked at VAL?
A: I have been employed as a funding advice support worker at VAL for three years, but I have also delivered funding related training at VAL for many more than that.
Q: Explain what you do in a sentence
A: I give funding related advice, information, training and support to voluntary, community and faith groups in Leeds, including helping groups to find and access funding and support to strengthen funding bids.
Q: What’s a typical day in the office like?
A: A typical day in the office will include delivering a training session or meeting one to one with a group to ensure they have the right things in place to access funding, searching for funding information to promote to groups and answering calls on how to set up a new group so that they are ready to apply for funding.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: Hearing back from a group I have supported - “We got the money!” - so they can go on to deliver their project and benefit people in Leeds.
Q: What are the challenges in delivering funding support?
A: There is limited funding and increasing needs in our communities so groups require different fundraising skills to successfully access a wide range of funds, from gifts and grants, to contracts and income generation, as well as developing healthy, resilient organisations – providing all the support needed is a challenge.
Q: What’s the most common question you get asked?
A: Is there any funding for our running costs?
Q: What’s the difference between a successful and unsuccessful funding bid?
A: Unlike an unsuccessful bid, a successful bid will fit within a funder’s criteria, have a clear project outline, show who will benefit and how. It will be well costed and demonstrate how it will evidence it’s success and perhaps just be a little bit different to make it stand out above the rest.
Q: What’s been your career highlight?
A: Honestly, working for VAL!
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: Relax, play badminton, read a good book or see a great band.
Q: What’s your best piece of advice for small organisations and groups?
A: Take the time to really think about what you want to achieve, share out the tasks and celebrate your successes.