Media and Communications Officer, Sam, recently left soundLINCS for pastures new after four years of working at the charity. Sam shares his journey from a six-month internship through to becoming an integral part of the team in a recent blog over on the soundLINCS website.
Sam Cullington joined soundLINCS back in April 2014 after following an advert he had seen online. At this point in Sam’s life, he had been out of university for almost a year and struggling to find a company that would take a risk on a fresh-out-of-university graduate, however, soundLINCS soon gave Sam that opportunity and started him – unknowingly – on his four-year journey.
This opportunity was presented through the Creative Employment Programme. A programme that was designed to give people their first entry into the industry for which they had a passion for whilst also allowing charities the opportunity to explore other job roles that they may not have been able to previously.
Upon the commencement of Sam’s internship, Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE sat down for a meeting with the new Media and Communications Officer, explaining that this was a newly created role and that it was down to Sam to prove that the role, and himself, were indispensable to soundLINCS.
Within six months, Sam proved this and more and ended up staying on at soundLINCS for a further 42 months, developing the role and taking every challenge in his stride. This lead to him becoming the ‘poster boy’ for the Creative Employment Programme. Sam was also featured in a national Government video, and was a chosen case study at several conferences.
Within the four years that Sam worked at soundLINCS, his personal achievement was growing social media by 300%, the goal he had originally set out to accomplish. Along the journey, Sam was able to take real ownership of the media output of the charity, getting behind the camera creating videos and photographs and much more to help promote the great work that soundLINCS delivers.
Sam left soundLINCS in May 2018 following 4 years of hard work, and a reputation, that led to him being head-hunted by South Holland District Council to be their latest Communications Officer. soundLINCS has now given an opportunity for two new Media and Communications Officers (Interns) to develop and innovate the role with new perspectives and skills over the next 6 months. View soundLINCS website to keep up to date with their latest blogs, soundEMissions and more.
soundLINCS would like to thank Sam for all his hard work in the past four years and wish him all the best with his future endeavours.
For further information about soundLINCS or to read Sam’s blog, visit www.soundlincs.org or soundlincs.org/2018/06/from-intern-to-indispensable/, visit the soundLINCS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/soundLINCS or Twitter: www.twitter.com/soundLINCS, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 510073.