You might have seen from my social media activity that I participated in the FSI Big Advice Day during Small Charities Week. We also did something similar at our last EUConsult conference in March in London.
These sessions can be quite intense. You get assigned organisations based on your skill set and experience and they ask you specific questions about issues they are facing. While you get advance notice of the questions and the organisations so that you can do some preparation, it is always stimulating to sit down and have the conversation and hear the issues from the client’s side.
Small charities benefit hugely from such events. They are generally in the position where they cannot afford consultancy support and often need someone else to bounce ideas around with. Consultants benefit too. Doing these sessions reminded me of the passion and dedication that people working in civil society have, and reminded me of my own passion for working with lots of different organisations all trying to improve the world. Giving back like this can reinvigorate your purpose and remind you of why you’re doing the work that you chose to do in the first place. I loved the unique stories and perspectives that each person brought. Listening to their challenges and how they are focused on improving both their organisation and the results for their beneficiary groups was inspiring.
I am reminded that there are people all over the world that are striving to make the world a better place and sometimes they just need a helping hand!