Unpaid work in your portfolio career


I have always liked to have at least one unpaid job in my portfolio career – sometimes more than one. My latest one for the past 12 months has been one of the most fulfilling pieces of unpaid work that I have ever had the fortune to participate in. I was invited to become a trustee/director of Disability Sport Yorkshire as they wanted someone who might be useful to them with a background of fund raising. Not only am I now a member of a board that is a delight to meet with (how many of us can say that!) but in addition I get an opportunity to watch events that some times it is truly difficult to watch with dry eyes. Seeing a wide range of young people throwing themselves into a huge array of sporting activities including some I had never heard of – boccia, blind cricket (!), table cricket, etc.

In addition to theIMG_0772 5,000 plus disabled athletes who participate around the region there is the army of 500+ volunteers including many who themselves are disabled.

We have 3 wonderful ambassadors – all paralympic medalists – Hannah Cockcroft (wheel chair racing), Danielle Brown ( archery) and Elizabeth Wright (swimming) all of whom contribute to what we do and in particular at our brilliant annual awards dinner.

The video that starts this post was created by Ben Duke the young son of Vivienne, one of my fellow trustees, to capture the wonderful moments of the elation of achievement for many youngsters who will have thought that there was little they could achieve with the handicaps that they have.

So today my question to you is do you have unpaid work in your portfolio career. And if not – I think you really are missing out on a valuable life enhancing experience.


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