Alex Swallow Interviews Fundraiser Andy Green
After a time in Apprenticeship recruitment and placement Andy Green moved to the Charity sector. He is Senior Community Fundraiser – North Wales & Cheshire at Homes for Veterans At Alabare. Wales Homes for Veterans is a programme of support and accommodation to help those ex-Armed Forces personnel who have fallen on hard times, and who now need some short term support to recapture their self-esteem and equip themselves with the skills needed to manage independently again as fully participating members of the community. Andy also manages a Charity Professionals Networking Group on LinkedIn, is a Digital Volunteer for The Desert Rats Memorial Association and is an Ambassador to Good News Shared.
In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
As Senior Community Fundraiser for North Wales & Cheshire I engage with the North Wales & Cheshire public to help our cause, Homes for Veterans. We support service men and women across the UK who have served our country, and who experience difficulty adjusting to civilian life. Homes for Veterans take great pride in our work helping veterans of the British Army, Navy and Air Force to gain the skills and confidence they need to move on to their own accommodation.
Who inspires you?
I’m quite old fashioned in my value set and am always stirred by Winston Churchill’s speeches and quotes, one of my favourites I think defines what I do and why; ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give’. Also working with Veterans I am stirred by Tennyson’s Ulysses:
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield
What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
I would like to see poverty eradicated. Sounds like a big ask but if we all worked together then this is really actually possible.
What would you like to be remembered for?
This is a really difficult one. I think my Charity head would have to say empowering those individuals who think they can’t succeed in life to do so. I find that attitudes are infectious and with Winston and Tennyson to help me along the way, how can this possibly fail?
What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
I’m a huge fan of Howard Lake’s Fundraising Camp, the way ideas are shared and the format Howard uses are amazing and if you read the excellent storify articles it’s plain to see just how much Fundraising professionals glean from Howard’s sessions. The next one is in Cardiff.. plug intended.
Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
I’ve recently made the move from servicing a large number of Charities to a full time role at Homes for Veterans – North Wales. We are actively looking for Volunteers and I can be found on Twitter under @Andy_H4V. Our website can be found here and I hope to share more successes as we take our cause forward throughout North Wales and Cheshire. We are also looking for Charity Tin hosts from large and small business so if you can help in any way please follow on Twitter or mail me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org