Furlonteer Q&A with Stella
Updated: May 27
Please could you introduce yourself to us and how you came to hear about Furlonteer?
Hi I’m Stella - I’m a creative geek and I am usually a Digital Marketing Manager for a arts and culture marketing agency, London Calling. I like over, 9 million of us have been furloughed, and I stumbled upon Furlonteer on LinkedIn while looking for opportunities to do something positive with my time.
What made you want to want to sign up as a Furlonteer?
Being furloughed like many people in the arts industry, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands . I’m used to being a busy bee, I have a lot of skills and now the time to share them, I saw Furlonteer in my social feed and it felt like a perfect fit. Additionally I’m asthmatic so supporting charities while in isolation seemed like a great way for me to offer some support without being at risk.
Could you tell us a little about the charity you’ve been matched with and your role in helping them?
I was very quickly paired up with the Children of Rwanda, a charity doing a large amount of great work. I’m helping them out with their Google Grant, managing and improving their Google Ads to ultimately increase awareness and donations to the charity. It’s an incredibly difficult time and I am so glad that I can help them. I’ve already improved their optimisation on campaigns to 99% which is resulting in an increased use of their grant. My goal is to make this manageable for them in the long term while increasing CTR and in doing so donations.
Which new skills has this experience given you?
I’m very familiar with Google Adwords, but the Google Grant is new to me and it has been a real learning curve. However the biggest skills I have gained have been working remotely with people I have never met and working with new teams, I love it. It really shows our capabilities as humans to connect and grow ideas even when we are apart in a time when we’ve only met on video calls.
What impact do you feel it’s had on your experience of being Furloughed
I’m a creative person, I am used to being busy and being around people - being furloughed felt like that was taken away from me. The reality of being furloughed is hard and there’s so many people in the same position, that doesn’t soften the feeling it amplifies it. Furlonteer has given me a strong sense of purpose and I’m so glad I can help people and charities who really need support. I can’t thank Sam, Rosie and Hamish enough for having this amazing idea. Furlonteer is awesome.
Could you give any advice or tips to other people considering signing up to Furlonteer?
Don’t hesitate, just do it and be realistic about the time you can share. Be really honest with yourself - do you want to come out of this feeling like you could have helped and didn’t?