Who are you?
I’m Adam, I’m part of the team here at OneStonegrove in my role as Operations Manager.
My background is the private sector working in a multi-site role in health and fitness, and before that in hospitality management.
Outside of my time with SCT, I read, travel, watch cricket, volunteer with my local society, provide business consulting and development services and I’m a professional cat sitter.
I’m looking to expand my experience and knowledge of the charity sector by becoming a Trustee of another organisation in 2023.
What do you do?
The Ops Manager is an exciting new role at the centre and Trust, and encompasses the day-to-day running of the centre and working across all departments. Some of my key responsibilities are the effective, safe and welcoming operation of all aspects the Centre, supporting and developing the Centre team, financial management and fundraising, and longer-term strategic planning and implementation.
Having a wide remit at an active and growing Centre means my day can be filled with anything from securing funding for events, to welcoming new residents to the Centre, maintenance, providing advice and guidance to staff, residents and partners, marketing and design, all the way through to meetings with our fantastic group of Trustees.
Why do you love what you do?
I’ve wanted to work in the third sector for decades and am thrilled to have a chance to make a tangible and significant contribution at OneStonegrove. The day-to-day work we do has real impact in people’s lives – from childcare services, to social events for older people, to providing a quiet, warm space and a cup of tea.
Beyond that, by partnering with and developing other centres and community activities we can provide an exponential impact beyond our beloved estate and area and improve the lives of people across a much bigger geographical area. This mix of both immediate small scale (but still very important) impact in people lives, and a larger more widespread impact excites and motivates me.
Where do you see SCT in the next 5 years?
The potential really is enormous, in terms of what the Centre can provide to the local community and how we can build a genuine, practical sense of community in the regenerated estate and surrounding areas featuring such a wonderful and diverse group of new and old residents.
We will develop OneStonegrove to be the benchmark in community centres and provide generous leadership and a model to work from for developing and delivering an effective Centre and resource for and by the local community.
Some key areas we are focusing on is our sustainability and environmental impact, our accessibility, inclusiveness, the training and development of our team and volunteers, and by making ambitious, transformational progress in key areas we can provide a Trust and Centre that is steered by and delivers on the desires and needs of the local residents and Cente users, and serves as a model and inspiration for other organisations.