My Week

Juliet Moss, director of fundraising at care charity Kisharon

Juliet Moss
Juliet Moss

MONDAY - My week starts with a visit to two of our projects for young learning-disabled adults. At the Hackney project in east London, they learn to cook their own lunches, take part in horticultural projects and are about to open a toy lending library for local children. Before I leave, I promise to get them toys. They also persuade me to consider a bakery project so they can make the most of their great cooking skills - and I have a feeling they won't take no for an answer.

TUESDAY - I steel myself for a meeting with the fundraising directors. We discuss what is on everybody's minds: the 'r' word and how it will affect an already struggling charity. We decide it is vital to go ahead with our annual fundraising dinner in May and that we should continue to cut costs as much as possible without compromising our services.

WEDNESDAY - The Kisharon Day School has had a new lift put in, thanks to donations from the former mayor of Barnet and the Variety Club. The ex-mayor and the chief barker of the Variety Club assemble with parents, staff and children for the unveiling. The children love using the lift and, more importantly, it means we can accommodate children who have restricted mobility.

THURSDAY - I have two potential volunteers coming in to see me, so I hastily tidy my desk. We are desperate for volunteers to help with fundraising projects, events and appeals. I have vowed to clean my desk properly since I started: it's a dumping ground for brochures and ideas from volunteers, and I am not the tidiest of people.

I spend the afternoon proofreading new logos, letterheads and website content with our graphic designer before ploughing through the Gambling Commission's heavy documents to get our first annual raffle off the ground. I go to bed with my head whirring with raffle prizes.

FRIDAY - I breathe a sigh of relief that the weekend is nearly here, but then remember that we have promised to show Sir James Hill, the chair of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, around some of our sites. He seems suitably impressed by both our integrated nursery and our business enterprise scheme run by service users, which comprises a bicycle repair shop and a printing, bookbinding and woodturning business. It has been a really busy week but I am certainly not complaining.

- Kisharon supports, cares for and educates Jewish children and adults with learning disabilities.

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