Meeting the Team is a series of Q&As with the team behind Greater Change. Get to know the people working hard to keep this platform going, with serious questions about their motivations and experiences, and silly questions about where their thoughts wander on a long tube ride...
The seasons are turning and autumn is creeping into winter - a tough time for our friends on the streets. More than ever, your support is making such a difference to their lives. Greater Change is holding a fundraiser in Oxford at the end of this month, with a treasure hunt all over the city and some classic White Rabbit pizza at the end! Check out our Facebook page for more details.
The person behind this event is none other than our featured team member today, Jen Turner. Jen is the newest member on board and she has joined us as our Business Development Lead. Her role involves helping Greater Change to develop its growth strategy. Much of her time is spent working with corporate contacts and councils, and maintaining our relationships with them. She is also busy scouting out new contacts with potential partner charities and local authorities, as well as working on our contactless terminals and other product offerings to see how they can be improved.
1. Describe your Greater Change journey.
I found out about Greater Change through a friend who is in the same accelerator as Greater Change. She sent through the details and although I already had an offer from a consulting firm and a place on a law degree, I decided to go ahead and apply! I was so impressed with Greater Change’s mission that I thought it was an opportunity too good to be missed, so I turned down my other offers and took the leap. I’ve only been here for a couple of weeks, but it’s been really good fun. I really like that my days are varied. The scary bit of a start-up is that you’re thrown in at the deep end – but that’s also what makes it exciting!
2. What is the greatest thing you’ve achieved whilst working at Greater Change?
I’ve not been here very long, so this is a tricky one! Maybe I’ll come back to this in a month and be able to answer it a bit better. I suppose I’ve written quite a few grant applications, which will hopefully have a huge impact on Greater Change’s future.
3. What surprised you the most about working for Greater Change?
The amount of responsibility! I was trusted from day one to do things, like writing grant applications. I’ve also been surprised by how accommodating and friendly the people here are – but that’s a very cheesy thing to say.
One of the things which surprised me before I started working here was just how little I understood about the realities of people experiencing homelessness. I still have moments when I hear some new piece of information and think, wow, how did I not know this? Why is this not general knowledge?
4. What do you think about when you’re alone on the tube?
Alone on the tube? I don’t think that’s ever happened! I’m normally packed in like a sardine, in which case, I’m normally thinking about how much I don’t like being packed in like a sardine!
5. Share a memory that makes you smile.
After my first day, I wrote up what I had done that day on Slack and wrote the date: 1/10. Alex thought that I had rated my day and wondered if it could really have gone so badly!
6. One fun fact!
I’ve listened to the soundtrack for Hamilton well over 100 times.