Just over six months ago, Wren joined Chapter Mental Health as a marketing assistant through the Kickstart Scheme.
The Kickstart Scheme was announced during the COVID pandemic in July 2020 as part of a Government initiative to help young people into work.
The scheme aimed to create thousands of high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24.
After being an invaluable part of the team since they joined, we’re delighted that Wren is now a full-time member of the Chapter family, fulfilling our Digital Community Fundraiser role.
We asked Wren about how they came to join the team, their experience with Chapter and what they will be doing in the new role.
How were you introduced to the Kickstart scheme?
I was introduced to the Kickstarter Scheme through my work coach at the time, who directed me toward a couple of the advertisements on the Universal Credit portal.
What appealed to you about the job opportunity at Chapter?
I’ve experienced mental ill-health myself since I was about fourteen, so I was really keen on the idea of working somewhere that I cared about on a personal level, and I also happened to know a decent amount about marketing so I was eager to get involved.
What have your responsibilities been at Chapter?
The role was marketing assistant, so I was doing things like keeping the Social Media up to date and posting, blog posts, interviews with service users, and hounding the rest of Chapter to send me photos of things they got up to!
What has been your favourite thing about working here?
That Chapter care about you, and your own mental health. I had some negative experiences with jobs in large chains in the past where you were just a number, but at Chapter you’re a person, and you can work in a way that works for you. Everyone is lovely and understanding that, in part due to my autism, I might operate in a slightly different way to them.
What is the best thing you have learned in the role at Chapter?
Chapter have been excellent in making sure I got training if I wanted it. I’ve done a couple of mental health based courses, such as Mental Health First Aid, which was really interesting. I also took part in a course by the MediaTrust through Chapter all around Digital Marketing so a lot of useful information came out of that!
What is your new role within the organisation?
Digital Community Fundraiser – Still to a degree marketing, but more focused on having goals and helping get the word out about us as a charity and encouraging people to donate to us!