Working in the Finance department for a charity has its differences

Before working at Andover Mind I worked in finance in the commercial sector for a company that makes body armour. Going from that line of business to now working for a charity that focuses on helping people, is such a change but for the positive. The job satisfaction I get now is fantastic. It is different working for a not-for-profit organisation, everything is so incredibly tight to the budget, we have to work out the figures to the nearest pounds and pennies, there’s really no room to go over budget.

It’s a role of responsibility

My role involves managing the accounts and analysing the figures to see if we’re up or down on budget and the reasons why, before passing that on to the trustees. I work part time, splitting the role with my colleague Nicky. We divide our tasks up, each doing half so we can check our work against each other. As a job in finance is a role of trust, dividing our roles like this just ensures we’ve covered ourselves from every angle. 

I love feeling like a part of something that’s so beneficial

I’ve been at Andover Mind for over three years and I’m so happy here. Working in the Finance Department does mean we’re a bit out of the way from the services that we provide, though that doesn’t take away from the fulfillment I get from working for the charity. I love feeling like I’m contributing towards something bigger that’s of benefit to so many. An added bonus is that the people here are so nice too. The minute I saw the role advertised I knew it was just what I was looking for, I really wanted to work for a charity, so, as you can imagine, I was over the moon when I got the job! And it’s been great, working for Andover Mind is everything I was hoping it to be.

The charity provides such fantastic services

We’re so much more aware these days of the importance of looking after our mental health, and the work Andover Mind does to support people with this is just brilliant. The whole ethos is really good too. Andover Mind also run the Ugly Duckling project, somewhere that service users can come along  to help upcycle old furniture, providing them with a place to go and an opportunity to talk with others, which I think is a really great. Plus of course all the many different groups and support services we offer. It’s such an amazing charity, filled with lovely people and I’m just so proud to be a part of it.

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