Posted on February 14, 2020
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ACT is for the people otherwise forgotten.
Bringing hope to disadvantaged fatherless children and orphans and lending a hand to widows in need – the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other such women in Africa, is at the core of what we do and why ACT exist. We are engaged in the relief of human suffering and alleviating poverty among people who are less opportune. We educate the children so that they can reach their potential in life and empower the widows through training in business skills, so that they can generate income to support themselves and their families. With currently more than 7,000 children and widows supported across 8 countries in Africa, we want to build upon these achievements and reach several thousands more.
Our operational model, centres on minimising our costs so that we can use the vast majority of the funds we raise to educate the children and support the widows. It is why we are a volunteer led charity. What this means is that we are staffed mainly by volunteers and intern who give of their time to make the work possible. Our two paid staff coordinate the activities of the volunteers, help to bring the work together and provide continuity. Each staff member, whether volunteer or paid, bring to us their skills, ideas and abilities that help to take our work forward. So below we introduce to you our team.
Diana joined the ACT team back in July 2019, taking up the crucial role of Office Manager. She looks after all the administrative needs of the office. Croydon born and bred, Diana has spent much of her time in the town, only with a brief hiatus to study Theology at Oxford and pursue a PGCE at Kings College, London. Diana came to us after a fruitful career in teaching, opting to use her skills in a different area, while bringing her warm nature and unending kindness to the office. She chose to work with ACT because of our mission to help children to unlock their potential and help themselves and their family to break through the cycle of poverty.
Brenda is a long-serving member of our team and has been our volunteer Supporter Care and Admin Assistant for more than 5 years. After a long and varied career in publishing, Brenda decided to work part-time at ACT and spend more of her time giving back. She became aware of ACT at New Life, Croydon, the church she attends and which supports ACT. Hearing about our model of working through volunteers, she decided to get involved. Brenda has the important role of updating our child sponsors about their sponsored children, sending out two updates in October and February each year. She loves being part of a team that is making a difference in the lives of young people across Africa.
Anita is serving her placement year at ACT and works as part of our research team. She is studying for a degree in International Relations and Social Policy at Aston University, Birmingham. She lives in Kent and travels more than an hour to the ACT Croydon office, working one-day a week. Anita draws on her research skills to search information on a variety of subjects from social media analytics to raising funds. She found out about ACT while researching organisations in London and the south east area that work in international development, as she hopes one day to get involved in political research. Anita wants to see blocks that prevent children from reaching their potential broken.
Anna joined the team as a Communications Intern in September 2019. After a busy summer of graduating from the University of Bath with a degree in French & Politics and getting married, she came across ACT when applying for jobs and the genuine Christian ethos in the work of ACT immediately stood out to her. For her, it was clear that this role was a rare opportunity to gain essential experience, while also doing work for a much greater cause. You might’ve seen some of her work already, having written many blogs, sent out tweets and posted on Instagram as part of her communications role.
Errol is another South Londoner and keen part of our Admin team. Having studied Economics at Colchester University, he went on to build a career in Accounting for a variety of different companies. Gaining some considerable skills in finance and admin, he decided to bring his abilities to ACT as a volunteer. He found out about our work through Croydon Voluntary Action and was taken in by our ethos of transforming the lives of disadvantaged children and widows in Africa for the better. He provides administrative support and data input, an essential part of the oil that keeps the gears of ACT running.
Anil joined the Finance team in 2019 as a part-time volunteer. After graduating from the University of Hull with a degree in Accounting, he worked in a variety of jobs including as a barman and for a fire protection company. He is currently working part-time as an accountant for a bespoke tailoring company in London Saville Row. Anil gives one day a week as a volunteer Finance Assistant at ACT. He was taken in by our work helping orphans in Africa and felt the charity accounting experience on offer resonated well with him. His pastimes include swimming, golf and self-defense.
Would you like to use your skills and experience as a way of giving back and serving a good cause? We would like to talk to you. Visit our website to find out more https://africanchildtrust.org.uk/.