A YOUNG woman’s two month career break with a learning disabilities charity has changed her life.
Anna Williams used her marketing skills - honed in her normal job as a communications officer for the Wildlife Trust - to promote Solihull Life Opportunities.
The 28-year-old, who has a sister with learning disabilities, applied for one of 500 places on the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference programme, which offers a two-month paid placement at a charity of the applicant’s choice.
Anna, from Sutton Coldfield, said: “World of Difference is a brilliant idea - a needy cause, someone who wants to help them and a benefactor.
“I feel I have made a difference and believe in Solihull Life Opportunities, I still keep in touch and continue to work with them.”
On her first day, the charity’s offices in Chelmsley Wood were burgled.
Straight away she wrote a press release, contacted local media and by lunchtime the charity’s chief executive Janet Down was interviewed by the Birmingham Mail, heard on BBC WM radio and appeared on BBC Midlands Today and ITV Central.
Anna also organised an abseil down the side of the News’ office at Fort Dunlop, raising over £10,000.
Janet said: “Anna’s enthusiasm shone through. Her contribution and achievements will be with us for a long time and we’re delighted she is keeping in touch.”
The Vodafone Foundation paid SoLO a set fee of £2,500, who then paid Anna’s salary.