As a part of my commitment as a Member of the Organisation for Responsible Businesses I pledge to take steps to make a positive contribution to the local community and society at large. My community engagement activity is focused in a number of areas.
Supporting my local community
I provide services at a discounted rate to local charities and social enterprises, and offer pro-bono services to local charities. I also mentor start-up businesses, helping them with their business planning, and provide career coaching to residents of Freckenham without charge. I provide occasional work experience opportunities for start-up consultants and to students in order to provide case studies and client testimonials to enhance their CVs.
Supporting local schools
I have been a School Governor for 13 years. This role enables me to contribute to my local community in a way that supports my passion for learning and development. I believe that adult learning begins with young children and if, as a society, we can get that right we provide a firm foundation for learning in later life. As a part of my role as a Governor, I also support my local 6th Form with enterprise and employability activities.
I actively support Macmillan Cancer Support as a trained Macmillan Cancer Voice. My voluntary work with the charity has involved a wide range of interesting activities, but I mainly focus on projects that make best use of my professional skills including Macmillan’s projects around Survivorship and Cancer at Work, or public speaking on behalf of the charity.
I am currently fundraising for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in memory of my husband Mark Russell. The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only charity in the UK wholly dedicated to fighting lung cancer, the UK’s biggest cancer killer, and supporting people whose lives have been affected by lung cancer. They are fighting for earlier diagnosis and better treatments in an effort to prevent thousands each year dying from this horrible disease. Please visit my Just Giving page for more information and to donate https://www.justgiving.com/MarkRussellQVRM/