Furlonteer Q&A with Louie Heaton
Please could you introduce yourself to us and how you came to hear about Furlonteer?
I heard about Furlonteer while watching the BBC news actually, and as my background (so far) is working with charities and I specialize in Web & Graphic services, I thought this would be perfect to give me something to do and develop my experience. I am currently 16 (just!) and go to The BRIT School in Croydon on a specialist Graphic Design course. Over the past couple of years I’ve also built up my own small business, working in Digital Products such as websites, graphics, logos etc…
What made you want to want to sign up as a Furlonteer?
After watching the segment on BBC, I looked it up online and started to read a bit about it and I thought that I could help a charity and support the community during this difficult period of time. So, I signed up and started to help out with this Charity.
Could you tell us a little about the charity you’ve been matched with and your role in helping them?
When I applied, through Furlonteer, I was matched, within hours, with a charity called ‘Keep The World Running’ the idea behind the charity is for the more passionate runners to have a something to train towards. There is going to be an event held on the 19th of June where runners, from all around the world, will complete a 19mile/19km run for COVID-19. When I first spoke to David, he explained to me what was currently in place in regard to branding and website, etc… From there, we had a basic brand and logo and so I worked closely with the KTWR team to develop the brand and create an identity. We then went on creating custom social posts for Instagram which explains what run/stretch or rest it is that day. We are now currently working on a website, which should be live soon!
What impact do you feel it’s had on your experience of being Furloughed, and are you likely to continue volunteering after it ends?
The majority of my life I’ve been working with charities and applying my skills to help them form a better brand, which then usually leads to being able to hold bigger events, more days out for some of the charity members, and has even lead to better fundraising opportunities. Having Furlonteer here to source charities in need so I can carry on helping out, makes it a lot easier and I feel a lot better as I get to give more back.
Could you give any advice or tips to other people considering signing up to Furlonteer?
If you’re hesitating to sign up, DON’T, it’s such a good experience and you get to work with people you haven’t worked with before… I highly recommend that you do sign up as, especially during this time period, every little helps!.