Speaking to Adrienne Sanders, a Charityworks trainee working as an Organisation Development Assistant at Mind, colleague Hassan Wanini gives a fascinating employee insight into his background and motivations for working at the mental health charity.
Hassan Wanini has been working at Mind since May 2015 as an administrator with Time To Change, a campaign to end the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face in England, run by two leading mental health charities: Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
In 2007, Hassan came to the UK on a 3-month youth exchange programme from Kenya, returning to England a year later, and has since been living in London working in the voluntary sector. Prior to his time at Mind, Hassan worked in a trade union and also spent time training young adults to take part in overseas youth exchanges, similar to the exchange he took part in, in 2007.
“I have always wanted to pursue work in the voluntary sector” says Hassan, “I see it as a form of ‘clean living’ because I know my job is part of an important cause and my wage is derived from a project that is ethically conscious”.
Overall, Hassan says that the best part of his job is being able to share the Time to Change campaign with others: “Supporting those with lived experience and those with mental health problems is really rewarding”.
One of Hassan’s favourite moments working for Mind has been helping to organise the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Harrow on World Mental Health Day: “It was so exciting to be part of the planning process…It was a very busy time in the office, probably the busiest time of the year, but I loved it”.
To see more on this campaign, visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday