Jane has previously worked in the Fundraising Department here at Off The Fence and has now stepped into this role to help contribute to the vision of Off The Fence through her passion for numbers! We asked her a few questions about herself and how she has found her new role so far...

Tell us a bit about yourself? How long have you been working for Off The Fence?
"I have been working at Off The Fence for 3 years now and it has been a life-changing experience! I moved from a finance/administration background as I wanted to make a difference to those people who were hurting and struggling with life. My role in Fundraising which was more hands on was to raise awareness of who we are, what we do and to connect with individuals and business that could support us in our much needed vision to eradicate poverty."

Tell us a bit about the role you now play in the Core Team and how you came to this position? "I have taken up a position as Finance and Administration Assistant.  A position opened up quite unexpectedly and to continue with an organisation that I love passionately and to use my gifting, abilities and experience that I have gained over the years will, I believe, work very well."

What in particular excites you about this role?
"Well for me it is going back to my roots! I have a keen eye for order and detail and enjoy ensuring things run just so.  Knowing how the organisation works is helpful and I believe it is a good fit not only for me but also for Off the Fence."

Do you have any highlights you wish to share about your previous role for Off The Fence?
"A high point for me was a partnership with Brighton & Hove Albion FC as their Charity of the Year. Being an avid Seagulls fan and a season ticket holder, I was in my element and to see the Club embrace our vision and get involved with the Big Sleep Out and Don’t Dump it Donate it campaign was fantastic! It was such a great opportunity not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness to a very large audience.

Another wonderful moment was securing a visit to the Antifreeze centre from the Brighton crime author Peter James.  Peter was extremely interested in our work and to see the delight on the faces of some of our clients as Peter chatted with them and listened intently to their stories will live with me for a long time. Who knows – we may even get a mention in one of Peter’s future books!"

What would you say to anyone interested in joining the fundraising team at Off The Fence?
"Go for it! Having a heart of compassion and a desire to bring about positive change is a powerful motive. It is immensely satisfying knowing that you are raising awareness and much needed funds to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in the city of Brighton and Hove.  Social and spiritual poverty is such a blight on our society and we need to do all we can to eradicate it."