Jo McMillan is the Office and Buildings Coordinator here at The Winch. She works with every person in the building and ensures that everything runs smoothly.
Jo came to The Winch two years ago and has been the mother hen since. She is responsible for building safety, which means insurance, fire safety, cleanliness, risk assessments, and fixing the broken things. Jo also manages the reception desk, keeps track of the interns, and hires out the rooms. Between dashing around from place to place getting everything done, she works out possible ways for the building to run better and tackles any surprises that may come her way.
About five years ago Jo began youth work at her local church and fell in love with the role. However she also has lots of experience working in administration and management and so wanted a job that truly combined both. After watching a video on The Winch’s website that showed how this charity impacted the lives of the people in the community, she wanted to become involved. One of the things Jo enjoys most about The Winch and this area is the great sense of community that is felt with its members. Parents and children of all types are brought together to form lasting, sustainable relationships. Relationships form between members of The Winch in addition to relationships between staff and members. Also, there is a strong sense of family between the staff, which Jo loves. She says this is the first place she has worked where she truly loves each member of staff and feels a part of a family.
Despite immensely enjoying her job, there are some difficulties that come along with it. One of which is that since The Winch is such a small charity there is not always a set budget. Also it is challenging filling in the reception timetable with the number of interns and volunteers coming through The Winch. Jo is always in such a high demand that she is constantly running back and forth all over the building trying to be in two places at once. Apart from fulfilling the buildings wish list, Jo also hopes for more funding to offer better service, reach more people in the area, and to have better spaces.
Being Jo, though, she doesn’t just wait for more funding to be available, but also fundraises for The Winch in her spare time. On Sunday 25th September she'll be running the Ealing Half Marathon to raise money for The Winch. If you'd like to sponsor her, go to www.justgiving.com/jomachalf to find out more.
Here are some more fun facts on our Jo!
Favourite color: Pink
Favourite food: Chicken
Greatest fear: Falling/ Heights
Favourite place visited: Las Vegas
Favourite film: The Notebook
Favourite actor: Ryan Gosling
Pet peeve: Winch Family leaving dirty dishes in the sink
Favourite TV show: Eastenders
Favourite hobby: Going to the gym or live music events
Cause for the most laughter: Internet memes
One unknown fact: She’s met Beyonce