My Week: Deborah Hayman dreams in PowerPoint

The training coordinator at Community Action Southwark recounts her week

Deborah Hayman
Deborah Hayman

Monday: The week begins with a team catch-up, then it's back to work on our new database and a revamp of the website. I also get some fantastic news: a group we have worked with has been given five years' worth of Big Lottery Fund money. It's nice to have good news after many months of uncertainty in the sector.

Tuesday: Today I am finalising the details of our trustee conference in November. We hope it will be an inspirational day celebrating the good work trustees do. Excitement is high because Sam Younger, chief executive of the Charity Commission, will be a guest speaker. But which buffet option to go for?

Wednesday: Our adult independence and wellbeing policy group meets in the morning. The group comprises service users and representatives from the local council. The sustainability officers are out delivering training courses, so the office is quiet. It gives me a rare opportunity to tick off some admin uninterrupted. I send out e-bulletins to our members and write up proposals and training sessions.

Thursday: The office is busy with members attending our sustainability surgeries, one-hour intensive advice sessions to help them adjust the way they work. These sessions have proved to be popular: local groups want to make the necessary changes to survive. I also find time to start preparing PowerPoint presentations for future training sessions. There are so many presentations that I think I am beginning to dream in PowerPoint.

Friday: I'm delivering a training programme to the trustee board of a local parent and carers organisation. I like working directly with trustees, staff and volunteers: it's rewarding to provide support when they face difficult decisions. I also get to take the leftover chocolate mini-muffins back to the office, which makes me very popular. Community Action Southwark supports voluntary organisations and community groups in the London borough of Southwark

Deborah Hayman is training coordinator at Community Action Southwark

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