“I’d never seen an organisation like Azalea before” - Life as an Azalea Intern
Faith Merriweather is Azalea’s second intern, and she’s great! Interns commit to two years at Azalea, giving 15+ hours a week. They have to complete Azalea's frontline team training but also have the opportunity to learn many office, admin and creative skills as well. If you are interested in finding out becoming an Intern, please contact Lorry Edwards.
Faith, what were you doing before you joined Azalea?
I’d spent four years doing a BSc in psychology at Glasgow University. I also volunteered at Azalea for 3 weeks during a summer break from my degree course.
Why did you want to become an intern?
When I volunteered that summer, I really loved Azalea, and had never seen anything else like it. It really is unique. The whole organisation lives out their values - such as unconditional love – so totally. I wanted to be part of that.
What does your role involve?
It’s very varied, which is exciting. I do lots of practical tasks such as stocking up the Drop-in and sorting food and clothing donations. I work frontline with the women on the Recovery programme, which meant I did the Azalea training course - I've also been on the Drop-in team previously. I work in the office and write the weekly Prayer net newsletter. I’m also on the communications team, doing some design and publicity work, and I’ve helped to manage events such as 24-7 prayer week and fundraising events.
What are you learning?
I feel like I’m a completely different person! I’ve learned office and administration skills, about planning events and good communication. Working with the women has taught me so much: humility, perseverance, coping with challenging behaviour, and how to see myself. I really recommend becoming an intern here – everyone should do it!