My Week: Joyti Waswani plans for a major event next month

The director of fundraising and development at the Royal London Society recounts her week

Joyti Waswani
Joyti Waswani

Monday: My day starts with a rush-hour commute by train from Kent to London to show our chief executive, Peter Cox, the venue for next month's event on employing ex-offenders. We make our way back to Kent in beautiful spring sunshine. I finish compiling a large bid to a charitable trust and Peter processes some of the 100 or so applications for grants the Royal London Society receives each month.

Tuesday: Peter and I spend the day at Rochester young offender institution with Changing Paths, a charity that runs a construction skills project there. We discuss how we could work in partnership with it. We get to visit the stonemasonry workshop and the construction training classroom, and even get an insight into the new spectacle-making workshop at HM Prison Standford Hill. It has been many years since I was released from prison, and going back reminds me of how precious my liberty is.

Wednesday: I spend the morning updating schedules and work plans and then head to the House of Lords to meet the crossbench peer Lord Dear to ask him if he'll be our headline speaker at the event in May. As a former chief constable, he'll be perfect for it, but he's a very busy man. Thankfully, he says yes.

Thursday: In the morning I meet the chairman and an eminent visitor who we hope will join our board later in the year. As our chair is in the office, the whole team has lunch together. We're a small team of five, including two volunteers, so it's lovely when we get to spend time together. I go back to the office to send some letters and emails, and then it's off to my son's parent-teacher evening.

Friday: I spend most of the day working on our Get to Work project bid, which will help at least 500 ex-offenders into work over two years. I catch up on emails and spend time with our designer to discuss graphics for our event and how we can use Twitter on the day. The charity might have been going for almost 200 years, but it has taken us a while to move into the 21st century.

The Royal London Society is a charity that helps ex-prisoners to find work

Joyti Waswani is director of fundraising and development at the Royal London Society

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