‘I Feel Really Proud to Work for Acorns’

Care Administrator Perry Chan-Weldon reveals what working for Acorns means to her… 

I have been working as a Care Administrator for Acorns for just over five months. I live locally so I already knew of Acorns – I knew there was a hospice in Selly Oak and I had seen the shops.

I came here after I spotted this part-time vacancy. In my first weeks I attended an induction and visited a hospice. You learn very quickly what Acorns is about and the importance of our work within the community.

In my role I provide admin support to the Director of Care’s office which can include typing, making drinks for meetings, data inputting, occasionally taking minutes at meetings, arranging meetings, updating the care display boards at Acorns head office in Wythall and processing any requests for Ambassadors and Parent Carer Champions to attend talks or tours.

I’ve also volunteered at Acorns events. One of my favourites was the 30th anniversary celebration, Glow in the Park. It was truly magical as I got to see families come together to celebrate Acorns, but also bereaved families who are still so thankful and supportive of the charity and the memories that they have.

I feel really proud to be part of an organisation that makes such a difference to the lives of the children and families who access our services.

We employ around 400 members of paid staff within many different capacities across the organisation. There are three hospices in and around the West Midlands: Acorns in Birmingham, Acorns in the Black Country and Acorns for the Three Counties. There’ also a management and administration office in Birmingham and over 50 charity shops across the region.