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 on the following activities.
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/
Sharing business expertise
I provide services at a discounted rate to local charities and social enterprises and offer pro-bono services to local charities as a Member of the Business in the Community Cambridgeshire ProHelp Scheme. I also mentor start-up businesses, helping them with their business planning, and provide career coaching to residents of Freckenham without charge.
I am currently Chair of Governors at Bottisham Primary School where I have been a Governor for 13 years. I feel this contributes to the community in a way that is in line with 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 am also a member of the Advisory Board of the Bottisham and Soham Children’s Centre.
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 a Member of the Expert Advisory Board of the National Early Years Trainers and Consultants Organisation (NEyTCO) which was launched as a Community Interest Company in December 2014. This organisation aims to provide opportunities for communication and collaboration for freelance trainers and consultants working in the Early Years and Childcare sector through its regional network.
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. My recently introduced Responsible Procurement Policy has influenced my decision to choose our local Village Hall in Freckenham for business events for local businesses in order to provide the Hall with an opportunity to showcase their facilities to the local business community.