9 October 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 2

Johnny Dawson, Hijinx Theatre

Being the first new intern to write this is pretty daunting. At the time of doing so, I’ve been working at Hijinx for four days – most of that time being spent trying to absorb as much information as possible about the organisation. What do I say at this point? I’ll start with this: it’s amazing to be working again! Better yet, I’m absolutely thrilled I get to do so with such a dedicated, welcoming team who work towards achieving such an important vision.

That said, I will be jumping straight into the fundraising. In the run up to Christmas, I will be focused on raising money for Hijinx’s community groups – Odyssey and Telemachus – which includes an application to Aviva’s Community Fund due early next week. This will also include a bid to Children in Need, as well as other Trusts and Foundations. Since telling the stories of how a charity can help its beneficiaries is so key to fundraising, I’ve spent a large part of my first week getting to know the actors and participants Hijinx works with, specifically visiting the Odyssey and Telemachus groups. It’s truly been a privilege to meet these people, and I can’t wait to go back again and visit them next week.

Thinking more long term, I’m going to be looking at other Trusts and Foundations to contribute to core costs, as well as setting up a new Friends scheme for the organisation. 

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