I don’t know why I felt compelled to work in the charity sector – in all honesty, when I was starting my A Levels, I wanted to be a doctor! I studied International Relations at the University of Exeter and started to see all these issues that were affecting people’s lives – very quickly I decided that this was my niche, I wanted to help people and go into charity.
I didn’t know anything about freemasonry when I applied, so I did a bit of research and saw that they do such great charitable work, despite a lot of stigmas or prejudices, so I thought, “Yep, happy to be a part of that!”
Working in both the enquiries and grants teams at the MCF, you never know what the next day will bring, which is something I really enjoy. Honestly, a lot of the people I talk to are in serious distress, so being able to stay as someone’s grants officer all the way through the process and make sure that they can get on with their day-to-day lives, or access things like benefits that aren’t even awarded through the MCF, is a real privilege to me.
Ami, Enquiries Officer