IT and packing help
Meanwhile, Steve Coviello has been assisting with our IT, migrating and linking our individual email accounts over to Microsoft 365, without charge. This means we can see each other’s calendars; we have Teams and SharePoint; we now have an integrated system which, again, as a small charity, puts us ahead of the game. The whole process has absolutely changed the way we work, and at no charge to the charity whatsoever.
The eSynergy team has also been involved in the sorting and packing of our arrival and sleep packs (this was so successful that we’re looking for a date for another session). This further helps us to integrate as two organisations and for their staff to understand exactly what we do.
Utilising the eSynergy network
We’ve also had help from eSynergy’s associates. We recently had to make a pitch to a funder who gave us two weeks to produce a video for them. Drew at eSynergy, put us in touch with a friend of his who makes videos and he turned it around in under two weeks, interviewing myself and a founder trustee to use as part of this pitch. So, it’s not just the staff themselves at eSynergy who are helping us, they’re also putting us in touch with associates and friends who are helping too!
The whole partnership is working incredibly well and we’d love it to be a long-term relationship. Every member of eSynergy staff and every associate we’ve talked to and worked with has been an absolute delight. The level of support we’ve been afforded, with people giving up their free time and weekends for us, and the level of commitment and engagement, has been second to none.
Our future partnership
As we continue to develop as an organisation, we expect our relationship to go from strength to strength. As well as continuing to assist us professionally, Patrick and the team are aiming to raise money for us over the next year or so. It’s great for eSynergy to be working with us at the start of our journey; the charity has a huge amount of potential. We’ve identified the unmet need for separated children and our long-term relationship with eSynergy will allow us to develop our programme work with the backing of great infrastructure and resources.
This journey never ends. As we evolve and identify other areas where we need support, we would hope that eSynergy can offer us more and more expertise that’s as yet been untapped. It’s an incredibly progressive and committed organisation and they understand the journey we’re on. These children need and will always need our help. It’s important that they feel safe, supported and integrated to give them the best chance of a normal childhood. Ultimately, we’ll grow faster and support more children as a direct result of eSynergy’s support.
For more information on Separated Child, please visit the website.