Our Programme Development Assistant Laura has left soundLINCS for pastures new after almost a decade of working with us. Before she left, she put together a short blog sharing her memories and experiences of working for the Charity.
It was 2006 when I started work at soundLINCS, almost 10 years ago, joining the team aged just 18 as an Apprentice for my first full time job.
During my time here I’ve helped to organise and run, and have participated in, a huge variety of events and projects and have really seen the Charity change and develop in this time. Of the hundreds to choose from, one of the most memorable of these was the annual FAB! event for Looked After Children across Lincolnshire. I always loved being a part of FAB! – from exploring the range of great activities on offer in the morning and seeing the happiness and fun that they brought, through to the often emotional and always inspirational awards ceremony for the young people and their carers in the afternoon.
Another event which has really stuck with me was Revolution in 2008 – a celebration of soundLINCS’ 10th anniversary which brought together over 1,600 people of all abilities, ages and genres for a mass performance at Lincoln Castle. It was a beautiful location for the event and the performances of our arrangements of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder at the end of the day made me proud to be working for such an amazing Company.
Within the office I’ve seen quite a few new faces come and go throughout my time here, and I’ve met a lot of people who will remain friends long after I have finished at soundLINCS. Great times spent with my colleagues are a lot of my favourite memories with the Company, from birthday parties and Easter McDonalds to being the designated bringer of festiveness for many a Christmas time.
On a personal level, my own development has been clear to see. I managed to pass my NVQs, something which even surprised myself as someone who was never a fan of exams. I’ve gained so much confidence in this time, and anyone in the office will tell you that I’m a long way away from the shy and quiet teenager that I used to be who fetched the morning milk and stamped up the letters. I feel really proud of the progression I made to eventually become a Programme Development Assistant for soundLINCS which has allowed me to begin establishing new projects, managing the collection of quarterly report stats and being responsible for training up the next generation of Apprentices and sharing my Company knowhow.
Whilst I am very much looking forward to this new chapter of my life I will also be very sad to be leaving a great bunch of colleagues who have made my time here so memorable and wonderful.