Charlotte reflects on her first week

South East Programme Coordinator S4TP

My first day at S4TP had finally arrived. My stomach was full of butterflies and my head swirling with ideas.  Was I nervous? Of course – but most of all I was excited. Excited at having the opportunity to be part of an amazing social enterprise, working on something meaningful alongside inspirational people.

I’d been lucky enough to attend the Big Ideas Final in Parliament in July. I’d been blown away by the finalists’ presentations. Creativity and energy filled the packed room.   On that day, I witnessed the culmination of a year’s hard work by the S4TP team, the schools and the Business Partners.  Then, I’d only been an observer, itching to get involved. Now the day had come when my journey with S4TP officially began.

Day one didn’t disappoint, from starting with an inspirational team meeting, to learning more about the plans for my first few weeks. What struck me the most was how everyone was so welcoming and approachable.

On a sunny South London day, I made my way to meet Jen for day two. We based ourselves at Pop Brixton for my induction.  As we overlooked the community garden, local independent businesses and various social enterprises, it struck me what a perfect meeting place this was.

The venue reflected S4TP’s values – collaboration, responsibility, creativity and communication.  Day two went quickly as I absorbed new information and discussed my role within the team with Jen. By the end of the day, I had an action list ready to cover the rest of the week.

Day three and four came and went so quickly and, before I knew it, it was already Friday of my first week. Absorbing new information, training, research and induction administration had filled my days.

The highlight had to be my interactions with Jen and the team.  Each member was supportive of any questions I had and being new I had a few!   It was also great to be able to talk to Sarah and Jess about their experiences as Programme Coordinators. I soaked up their tips and lessons learnt.

Friday afternoon approached and it was time for the end-of-week team meeting.  It was a refreshing way to end the week as everyone got together to reflect on the week gone by.  I ended the week feeling thankful and proud. Thankful to Jen and S4TP for giving me this opportunity and proud to be part of the team.


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