So, here I am, in week 3 of my Secondment, and itâ€™s probably time to introduce myself. Â My name is Ray Southam, and I am a full time employee of the John Lewis Partnership. Around August 2010 I was offered an amazing opportunity to come and work with HIOWAA through a scheme the Partnership has in place called the Golden Jubilee Trust, which allows a Partner to go and work for a charity for an agreed amount of time, paid for by the John Lewis Partnership. The Golden Jubilee Trust is very competitive and awards 40 â€“ 50 secondments nationwide a year. I was one of the lucky ones!
Start date agreed, 2nd May 2011, 4 days a week for 6 months â€“ Time flew by and suddenly, here I am...
So, Week One â€“ I remember it being a little mad in the office with preperations for the Mad Hatters Spring Ball. There was a white rabbit standing in the corner, Iâ€™m sure he kept looking at me! Tea Pots, costumes, props, empty bottles â€“ you name it, Iâ€™m sure it was there somewhere. I was amazed by the amount of detail that went into the evening to make it as special as it was. Then thereâ€™s the generosity from everybody who contributed in some way or another, it was fantastic to see how obliging everyone was. If you went to the Ball I am sure you will agree that it was a very magical evening that reflected the theme to the max. The Chair-how fantabulous was that chair!
Week Two â€“ The clear up operation!!!! As you can imagine with such a successful event, there is going to be a lot to do after!! So it was time to return the props, return the helium, drop of the mannequins, return anything else that didnâ€™t belong to us, thank everyone for their involvement and importantly keep the cups of tea flowing. Â Towards the end of the week the office started to look like an office again and things are slowing looking less hectic, well at least for now, I sure it wonâ€™t be long before all that changes. Oh, and that white rabbit, heâ€™s still here, still looking at me â€“ Me and him â€“ Friends for life!!
I am on day 1 of week 3 whilst writing this so not much of an update for this week at the moment. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sherie, John, Kirsty, Catherine, Phil, Roger and everyone else I have made contact with over the past couple of weeks, for welcoming me into their team and making me feel at ease immediately. I also have to thank John Lewis for giving me such an amazing opportunity.
So until the next time..... Ta Ta