This month we introduce you to Felicity Hutcheson, Regional Leader, Community, Volunteers and Recreation (CVR) from Wellington.
Felicity leads the CVR team in the lower North Island to expand life enrichment opportunities for Blind Foundation clients. This includes peer support and recreation activities. To make these activities happen, Felicity works with the local communities and volunteers.
For Felicity, each week is a mixed bag of treats. She works with her team to explore what clients enjoy doing and deciding how they can make it happen. This requires project work and lots of relationship management.
“Working in the not for profit sector with volunteers is one of the best things about the Blind Foundation” she says.
“Volunteers are here because they want to be. We are working with people who get a great buzz out of participating in the organisation in a useful way.”
Felicity has worked at the Blind Foundation for eight and a half years. She says that working with a great team of talented people is the icing on the cake.
“The CVR team has only been in existence for a year. In that short time, we’ve been able to initiate a number of new recreational and social opportunities that would not have been possible before.”
Before the Blind Foundation, Felicity worked as a mediator/facilitator and trainer in both public and private sectors.
Outside of work you can find her working on a quilt or on a gorgeous day, out in her garden. She is married to Paul; they live with guide dog Nellie and their daughter, who is temporarily back from the UK.