Jackie Writes: "This month I’d like to share with you two, quite different aspects of ‘the unexpected’ in my year of paid charity leave thanks to Vodafone Foundation. For some people, an unexpected part of starting up a social enterprise is that sometimes you just have to put your head down and work hard. It’s not really glamorous – and I know it’s not all that exciting in the re-telling – but it’s part of the job, and important to remember. June has been a bit like that for me, and The Social Outfit. This month I needed to do a lot of paperwork and planning, which mostly involves me sitting at my small kitchen table for days on end, working on project outlines, funding applications and other important charity paperwork. And bit-by-bit this month, I’m getting through the work. I also want to share this side of the work because sticking to a plan and doing paperwork is important to move forward with purpose. For example, in late June The Social Outfit board met to determine what we’ve got to do for the next 12 months. And this is now exciting and energising because we’ve got an agreed, solid plan on how we are going to provide creative opportunities for young people from refugee communities here in Sydney. Plus, if we didn’t do this important paperwork we wouldn’t be prepared for things like our Fairfield High School Fashion Project starting in July.
The Social Outfit Board on our June 2013 Planning Day.
The second thing that was unexpected in late June was a small number of generous donations made to The Social Outfit from some of my friends and allies. I say this is unexpected because these people came to me personally and said, ‘I’ve seen how hard you’ve been working on getting The Social Outfit up and running, and I want to show my support. Let me make a personal donation.’ With this kind of generosity, I’m always so grateful, because it just shows you that when you work hard and try to make a world of difference, people around you are watching and they will help. This for me is one of the most exciting things about The Social Outfit: we’re going to build it together, as a community. And if you are reading this, and you think, ‘hey I’d like to get involved too’, then I’d love to hear from you! That’s also because some our paperwork in June was organising our volunteer program, and trust me, volunteering at The Social Outfit is great fun:
A photo of supporter Michael Thai with me, and one of our wonderful volunteers, Chloe Wilson. If you are interested in knowing more about volunteering with us, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org "