We have an exciting opportunity for one or more Kent & East Sussex members, the current branch Coordinator Martine is stepping down, this provides a great chance for other members of the Kent & East Sussex branch to step forward into the role of Branch Coordinator(s).
There are lots of benefits to being a Branch Coordinator, the best being that you can bring families together to provide opportunities for Reach children to meet each other and make great friends but also for parents and carers to meet and talk through their experiences with each other, passing on knowledge and support to each other.
Branch Coordinators also can play a role in shaping the charity and can influence the agenda at Trustee meetings, they have a trustee ‘buddy’ which they can contact directly and raise issues.
Branch Coordinators also get their expenses at events paid.
Head Office are more than happy to work with any new branch coordinator to help them organise meet ups.
Here is a quick overview of the role:
How many meet ups do you aim to put on a year?
We aim for 3; one in the springtime/summer, an October one – great for linking to Halloween then a special Christmas party.
How much time does it take to organise meet ups?
It is a matter of identifying a venue, or place to visit, this is then sent to members by Head Office. The Branch Coordinators collate responses, liaises with venue etc. (Probably 2 or 3 hours the week beforehand), Head Office will be providing an online risk assessment in the future to make sure the meet-up has been checked. Then attend the event and introduce members to each other and find out what sorts of other things members would like to do at the next meet up.
What else do you do?
Head Office send us details of any new members in our Branch. We call them to let them know how our branch runs and if they need help with anything specific (Head Office are always there to help with specific requests of help). Most times it is just a great time to chat and tell them about Reach and how we support each other. Some Branch Coordinators also have people round to their house to socialise and get to know each other. Branch Coordinators also help to organise fundraising events/activities in their area to help support the charity and its members.
We asked some Branch Coordinators what they get out of the role
Charlotte – “I really love helping other Reach families as Branch Coordinator. My daughter loves meeting up with the younger children and showing them all the ways, she has learnt to do things with her “magic hand”. I see our role as supporting Head Office and ensuing our Reach families feel fully supported and part of Reach.
Catherine – “I absolutely love being a part of the Reach family and really enjoy my role as Branch Coordinator.
Tracey Smith : Click on the picture to take you to the video
Stephanie Tennant: Click on picture to take you to video
At the moment because of COVID 19 there hasn’t been any physical meet-ups but we hope this will change in the near future.
If you would like to speak to another Branch Coordinator about the role, please let us know. If you are interested in becoming the next Branch Coordinator of Kent & East Sussex please email Head Office on Reach@reach.org.uk or call us on 0845 130 6225 or mobile 02034780100.
In the meantime we want to say a HUGE thank you to Martine for all the great things she has done for the Branch and for Reach.
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