Whip crack away! A blog by Office Manager Rosie...


Whip crack away!

I went to see the stage show Calamity Jane at our local theatre recently and today it’s my turn to write the staff blog, based on my exploits as Office Manager. How could I link these two events, I wondered. “The obvious link is the word calamity”, suggested my partner, rather unhelpfully. Dismissing his suggestion, I considered if there was any comparison between my role as Office Manager and the gun-toting, whip-cracking character on stage. However, whilst I may sometimes feel like this (colleagues, take note), I like to think that my powers of persuasion are of a more diplomatic nature. So an obvious link has proved elusive.

However, a trip to the theatre does always remind me of my time treading the boards in a local amateur dramatic group (Baloo in the Jungle Book was just one of my starring roles…). After the hard slog of twice weekly rehearsals, I used to love ‘show week’ – the glitz and glamour (well, a dusty dressing room in a village hall), and the excitement and buzz of performing together as a team.

I often think organising events at Action Hampshire is bit like putting on a show. A lot of organisation beforehand, but fun on the day – wearing my best smile to welcome people, seeing ‘old’ and ‘new’ faces, pulling together as a staff team. I’ve been involved in two events in the last week – firstly, our Cyber Security Conference on 10 November, run jointly with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, which looked at how charities can stay safe online. A really important and relevant topic for all not-for-profit organisations. You can see the presentations from all our fantastic speakers here

17 November saw our AGM. As always, really great to catch up with our members and hear what they’ve been up to over the last year; and for us to tell them what we’ve been up to (you can see the details in our Annual Report. ) This year’s event was more ‘down-sized’ than usual, as we plan to put on a ‘show case’ event (Will we see sharp shootin’ Calamity Rosie on stage? – Ed) in the spring/summer next year – more details to follow! After the formal business of the AGM, one of our Fellows from the School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire, Anita Usai, gave us a fabulous lunch through her social enterprise, Lily and Lime, which trains and employs young adults with learning disabilities.

Anyway, that’s my blog written, now back to the day job – whip crack away!