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Stacey Hedge – Exeter City Community Trust

Exeter Works often advertises vacancies on behalf of Exeter City Community Trust (CCT). Ranging from Kickstarter positions, to summer sports coaches, they always have a wide array of opportunities for everybody. So, we decided to get to know them a little more and find out what it’s really like to work for this great charity, by chatting to Stacey Hedge, their Marketing and Business Development Manager.

Stacey says that there are 30 full time staff at Exeter CCT and over 70 casual staff. Their work is supported by about 25 volunteers who spend about 22,000 hours in the community every year.

So just what does Exeter CCT do?

Stacey says: “We are Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity working in partnership with Exeter City Football Club. We deliver inspiring physical activity, education, health and wellbeing programmes and courses primarily across Devon and Somerset for all members of the community regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, physical ability, background or economic status.”

Exeter CCT programmes reach 45,000 members of the community each year, and, although it is proud to be the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club, almost half of the charity’s work is not football related, so Stacey says that if you’re applying for a position there, it doesn’t matter whether you have any interest in the sport or not:

“We want everyone to know you don’t have to play football, support football, or even like football, to benefit or participate. We are open and accessible to all, young and old, whoever you are, whatever your ability or background.”

As Business Development Manager, Stacey’s role covers things like corporate sponsorship, organising events and raising much needed funds for the charity through its marketing activity.

But like so many people across the city, Stacey’s role has changed quite a bit during the pandemic, and she’s taken on the marketing of the charity alongside the business development work. She says that no two days are ever the same but hearing how Exeter CCT’s work has impacted individuals and the community is by far the most rewarding aspect of the job.

“The charity was able to really change our delivery in 2020 and had a huge impact on supporting the most vulnerable people in our community. To be recognised at a VIP reception for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall was a true testament to the work that we have put in and was an honour for us all.”

As somebody who is involved with the recruitment of some of the positions available at Exeter CCT, Stacey has some top tips for anybody currently applying for work:

  • Don’t sell yourself short. We’ve received applications that don’t even mention some of the basic areas of the job descriptions
  • Don’t be shy – it’s hard to promote yourself to an employer but no one else will do it
  • Be creative and try to make your application and CV stand out
  • If you’re applying for roles, check your junk / spam email folder
  • Do your research – if you’re asked to present, make sure that you understand the brief and spend time going through the organisation’s website and social media profiles
  • Use the STAR acronym when answering questions (Situation, Task, Action, Result)

Thanks to Stacey for these great tips. We can’t wait to share more Exeter City Community Trust vacancies very soon.