The Community Help Service depends on three teams of volunteers who give their time for free: those who act as Board members, those who staff the Help Line and those who run the office. A key role in the office is that of administrator and CHS has recently welcomed Anne Arthur to that position. Anne is British and finds herself in Brussels for family reasons – her daughter and granddaughter live here, so being closer to them was an attractive idea once she retired from full-time work in the UK.
Belgian weather is at least familiar to Anne as she lived and worked for many years in Aberdeen, Scotland’s “oil capital” on the north-east coast of that country. Anne’s career background has always been administration, for the most part in the oil and gas sector, in a variety of roles including management accounting. The latter part of her career was spent as QHSE Manager (Quality, Health and Safety and Environment) for oil industry service companies.
On moving to Brussels Anne looked around for an activity that would contribute to the community where she now lives and at the same time use the skills that she had built through her working life. She spent an enjoyable year with Serve the City, doing some work on their accounts, and then heard that CHS uses volunteers for their office team. Anne duly sent in an application form and after completing the interview process was offered the administrator post, newly vacant following the “retirement” of Magda Kelley (who remains within the CHS circle as secretary to the Board).
Anne finds working a few days a week for CHS to be rewarding and enjoys the friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the office. It’s a busy place and as administrator Anne has to hold many strings together. It’s going well and, as Anne says, "I learn something new every day"!