Kitty has been working for KIDS since she was 22, after ten years she now reflects on her journey with KIDS.

“At the age of 22 I had just returned from a year of traveling the world. I had not done well at school and since leaving had never found that job that I thought I could do for more than a year. Upon my return I came across a government scheme that would support under 24 years old to learn new skills. This is when I found KIDS.

A ten year placement became a career

I undertook a six months placement as a fundraising assistant. I had always loved supporting charities but never actually thought it was a job you could get paid to do. I was excited thinking this would be a fun adventure for the six-month placement, then I would look for a ‘real job’. Little did I know that I would be entering my 10th year with KIDS this year after working my way through the ranks to now be the Senior Fundraiser. I look after three regions with my very own fundraising assistant, who herself has recently embarked on her journey within the charity sector.

I look forward to coming to work

I can honestly say, it was the best decision of my life. If I had not taken the placement, I would have no doubt that I would be spending my days waiting for the clock to hit five and hoping for each day to be closer to Friday! I look forward to coming to work each day: I like the variety that my role brings and just when you think you have seen it all, something new happens.

When it comes to my colleagues and the young people, I have built many friendships over the years; it’s like coming home to a loving family. Working at KIDS really brings out the best in me. I truly believe that KIDS is an important part of our community and I am proud to be part of it.

We are always looking for new people to join our team, experienced or not. If you have a passion to work within the charity sector and to make difference, I encourage you to apply. You never know, this might be you writing this journey with KIDS in ten years’ time! If you don’t apply you will never know…."