Medium life impact

It all adds up to impact

28.04.17

Head of Finance and Contracts Sarah blogs for us this week on impact, and how all our work can mean something

I read an interesting quote the other day, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” Jackie Robinson.

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in major league baseball. I don’t know what was in his mind when he said these words, but I’ve thought along similar lines over the years – mainly beating myself up over the unimportant stuff which took up too much of my time. I’m sure I’m not the only one to think like this.

I think most of us want to have a positive impact on others, whether that’s just our friends and family, or the wider community. Working in Action Hampshire I see some of the positive impacts that my colleagues have on lives: for example our Rural Housing Enablers who work with rural communities to build affordable homes for local people in housing need our Portsmouth team who provide a referral link between GPs and frontline organisations, or our School for Social Entrepreneurs which helps to equip budding social entrepreneurs with the skills they need – to name but a few. We also support our (currently) 978 members with news bulletins and advice, and these not-for-profit organisations will in turn have a positive impact on more people’s lives – some of whom are those most disadvantaged and marginalised in our society.

As the Head of Finance and Contracts at Action Hampshire, I like to think that my work supports the rest of the team and therefore I contribute indirectly to the positive impact that Action Hampshire makes. My work means our contracts are managed properly, it means people get paid on time and so are able to focus on their work, and it means we pay our suppliers – often small businesses themselves – promptly, too. Hey, I’m an accountant, I’m not going to be able to invent the cure for cancer, and my name will not be remembered in the history books for changing the world. I guess the same goes for most of us, but we can all use the skills we have to make a positive impact, however small.