In October 2020, during the second lockdown, I was offered and started an internship as a Fundraiser for Rubicon Dance. Yes, you guessed it right; it all happened online! 

I remember my very first week vividly. Although I met everyone via Zoom, the Rubicon Team welcomed me warmly. I had my very first meeting with Kathryn Williams, Rubicon’s Director and Tracey Brown, my mentor and Rubicon’s training and development leader. Together they showed me the charity’s strategic plan and talked me through the objectives they had set for me for the year. 

After a few weeks, I had already met all team members and taken part in several dance sessions. Although my background is not in dance, I have to say that I rapidly fell in love with Rubicon’s work. Taking part in the dance sessions allowed me to see Rubicon’s work in action and made me understand why people love the company and feel compelled to support us. 

Here at Rubicon, we dare everyone to dance, and dance to inspire and connect! This is what drives the company, and this message is so strong that it makes my job as a fundraiser much easier. 

In retrospect, the last six months working with Rubicon have allowed me to learn a lot whilst developing my fundraising skills and capacity. I was able to attend several training sessions from A&B Cymru and was offered a few CPD opportunities with Rubicon’s Wales Wide Training Programme (WWTP) - including a forum discussion about Arts on Prescription, Evaluation Training with Dr. Susanne Burns and Diversity Training with Black Artists in Dance (BAiD). 

Working with Lauren Williams, Rubicon’s Fundraising Officer, we raised £21,600 from trusts and foundations for our Digital Dance to Health and almost £2000 from community donations for the renovation of Roath Library. We have recently launched our Spring Campaign, Brick in the Wall, which thanks to our incredible supporters, saw us meet the £1000 target within a couple of weeks. We are still taking donations, and now we are eager to raise £1500! If you would like to join the group effort, please consider donating a brick to our wall by clicking here. 

Amongst the turmoil of the year 2020, the opportunity to join Rubicon meant that I had a fantastic time during the latter half of the year!