I studied International Relations at the University of Exeter to broaden my horizons a little, and started to see all these issues that were affecting people’s lives – very quickly I decided that this was my niche, I wanted to help people and go into charity.
It’s a very hard world for graduates, so I was looking for any charity job at the time and saw that the MCF had an opening. I didn’t know anything about freemasonry when I applied, so I did a bit of research and saw that they do such great charitable work, despite a lot of stigmas or prejudices, so I thought, “Yep, happy to be a part of that!” Thankfully, I got offered a job at the MCF before I even graduated, so I started my job in June 2016, graduated in July 2016 and have been here ever since!
Working in both the enquiries and grants team at the MCF, you never know what the next day will bring, and that’s something I really enjoy. Honestly, a lot of the people I talk to are in serious distress. Being able to stay as someone’s grants officer all the way through the process and make sure that they can get on with their day-to-day lives, or access things like benefits that aren’t even awarded through the MCF, is a real privilege to me.”