Career Progression Stories – Saffron Dixon

20th April 2023

In this blog, we spoke to Saffron Dixon, Fundraising and Events Coordinator at 1625, about her career progression.

“I started at 1625 after a whirlwind six months where I was made redundant from a job in travel during the pandemic. I took on a humbling and eye-opening temporary role supporting the fantastic staff at a Bristol-based brain injury rehabilitation unit through peak covid.

After months of applications in a highly challenging climate, 1625 welcomed me with open arms as the new Head Office Receptionist and Administrator.

After volunteering throughout most of my adult life for various charities, I couldn’t be prouder about starting my career in the sector. Starting a new job in the middle of a pandemic was strange, but being in reception gave me the opportunity to meet colleagues from across the organisation. I also met many inspiring young people who use our services.”

“Being keen to utilise my earlier experience in events management, I volunteered to support the 2021 Sleep Out event. The opportunity to support the funding and comms team gave me invaluable insight and I realised this was where my passion lay. I was ecstatic to be successful in my application for the role of Fundraising and Events Coordinator after just a year of being with 1625.”

“I have had many opportunities to get involved in various projects and cross-team collaborations. It has been invaluable and insightful in understanding the charity and the current issues surrounding youth homelessness.

As well as my two full-time roles with 1625, I have also had the opportunity to support relief work in the hostels. As part of the central services team, this has been vital in gaining a more well-rounded understanding of the importance of our work together.

I couldn’t be happier with the opportunities and support I have received from 1625. The career progression has led me to my dream job!”

“While I am sad to cut my journey with 1625 short, an exciting relocation to Copenhagen has forced a sad farewell (for now!). My experience within various teams has led to me landing a pretty amazing job at Greenpeace Nordic and so I am so grateful for the knowledge and skills I am able to take with me on my next steps.”


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