As I finished my first 100 days at The British Polio Fellowship it seems like a good time to put some of my initial thoughts down and also to take time thank the many members and staff I’ve already met.
As you’d expect, British Polio volunteers, members and employees come across as totally committed, passionate and bright people maintaining the values and quality that The British Polio Fellowship has always stood for, but I’ve also been struck by how friendly and welcoming they have been to me.
There’s also a strong sense of doing what is right for the members and I know that is only going to get better. Perhaps most reassuringly I found a real and continuing sense of purpose. That’s what The British Polio Fellowship is here for and how it make a difference to people’s lives.
I’ve been genuinely impressed by the multitude of works across the UK that have already been in motion, to tackle the structural and systemic problems that our members face and the services we’re developing that will drive better options and opportunities for our members.
The British Polio Fellowship story continues, even after 76 years, to be an exciting one, and I believe we can build on it further, understanding and engaging with our members and stakeholders better.
For me as a new comer it is pain to see that the work done so far is really valuable. Of course continued engagement starts at home and I have been busy making sure I get to know the teams across the UK, there is still much more to do.
But I also don’t want to underestimate the challenges we face. The British Polio Fellowship has been experiencing economic pressures just like everyone else. Figuring out how best to respond to these pressures — especially the long-term fundraising issues is also going to be an important part of our work in the coming months. May I thank everyone for a productive and inspiring first 100 days.
Ahmad Butt – Head of Support Services