We’re starting the New Year with mixed emotions as we say goodbye to our lovely Sally. Sally has been with us since the summer of 2005, with an eventful first day when she had to rush me in to hospital within a couple of hours of arriving! The calm way in which she handled everything and looked after me on that first day was an indication of how great she would be, not just as part of our team, but also for the couples who would be lucky enough to work with her over the coming years.
Sally runs an exceptionally successful Girls Brigade group in Rochford (First Hawkwell) and as a result of their connections with the charity Smile International some of the older girls from First Hawkwell have been able to go to Kosova to assist in the work that they do, taking the activities that they have enjoyed in Girls Brigade to the children there, delivering aid and assisting war widows. Due to her involvement in this, Sally’s daughter Grace was invited to Downing Street last year to represent GB at a reception for a number of charities and young people’s groups that work to benefit their local communities. Grace spent some time explaining to David Cameron what they had been able to do and how being a member of Girls Brigade had enriched her own life as a teenager. Fast forward a few months and GB has been given funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to help provide more opportunities for children and young people. The money is to be used specifically to set up new groups and encourage new volunteers and has led to a Development Worker’s job being established for London. Sally, GB have decided, is the perfect person for the job.
And there is no question that she is. She is a fabulous communicator and organiser, enthusiastic, empathetic – I could go through a dictionary worth of words but I’m sure you get the picture. For Sally, who has been involved with Girls Brigade since she was a little girl, this is a dream job – and GB have their dream girl.