My Week: Robert Geddis

The project manager at the Citizenship Foundation recounts his week

Robert Geddis
Robert Geddis

Monday: The clock is counting down the days until our event on Thursday: I'll be at the Treasury for the launch of our Youth Budget - a report on young people's views on public spending plans. The week ahead will be one of early mornings and late nights.

Tuesday: Faced with what seems an insurmountable to-do list, I start with the bigger items, including getting the website ready for the launch and writing my speech. After what seems like an eternity of being baffled by HTML, I have an epiphany and the links, videos and resources are finally ready to be published. Next is a dry run on my speech. Despite living and breathing the Youth Budget for months, I still feel anxiety at the thought of explaining it in front of a room full of people.

Wednesday: The team works its way through all of the last-minute preparations until about 5pm, when we are suddenly hit with a flurry of media requests. The possibility of early morning radio slots turns our small corner of the open-plan office into a scene much like that of a City trading floor. Our printers have promised copies of the Youth Budget will arrive before 9.30am tomorrow. The thought of an event launching a report minus the actual report makes for a restless evening.

Thursday: We secure two interviews on BBC Radio London to talk about the Youth Budget. I arrive at the office at the same time as the printed reports, to much relief, before setting off for the venue. All the nervous energy means recollections of the event are quite blurry, but it goes well and the turnout is great. The room is full of young people engaged in the big economic issues and a few prominent MPs keen to listen.

Friday: There is a sense of post-event bliss among the team. Today is also the last day of our events and communications intern, without whom we couldn't have achieved half of what we did. So the week comes to an end with a traditional send-off of Cava and chocolate cake, good wishes and raised glasses.

The Citizenship Foundation aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society

- Robert Geddis is a project manager at the Citizenship Foundation

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