I applied to volunteer for Bright One after a friend had just started volunteering. All I kept hearing was “Bright One is great”, “Bright One is unique” and “You should so join”. And so I did. I have now been volunteering for 7 months, even though it hasn’t been that long, I feel as though I have learnt so much from the experience so far, not only have I helped out on a few projects, Bright One has opened many doors for me too in terms of career.
The Bright One Management Team try to match volunteers with projects that fit their interests and passions; and I was quite lucky that almost straight away after applying, I was given a project that I could work on. A few months on, I am currently working on my second project called iDance. The iDance team are planning a hip-hop dance competition, with the finals being held later this year at Thorpe Park. The Bright One team consists of Ben Matthews (the Gaffa), Ali Paul (the multi-tasker) and myself. We had our kick-off meeting early this year, now March, the hip-hop ball is most certainly rolling along nicely.
I graduated last year in English, and must admit that when I applied to Bright One, I did not have much (if any) PR or marketing experience. I just thought Bright One was original and something I haven’t come across before, but that is one of the many great things about an enterprise like this; I’ve been able to gain so much invaluable experience. I never thought about PR as a career, mainly due to the fact that I didn’t realise there was a PR industry but after working on a few projects, I realised that PR is a mixture of all the things I have always had an interest in.
As well as the iDance project, I help as much as I can internally for Bright One also, and now I get to see even more of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Bright One is something I definitely want to be involved in for many years to come, the work they do is so vast and brilliant.