Richard - Policy and Research
When I arrived at Missing People as a volunteer I was seriously worried that I would never find anything I really wanted to do as a job. Very quickly I realised I wanted to work long term in the charitable sector and ended up working in the Policy and Research department as a paid member of staff. I found the work gave me a sense of purpose and it was, and is, great to be involved with such a team of motivated and positive people. Although what I do is a relatively modest contribution I feel I am still supporting vulnerable people.
My knowledge has been expanded “on the job” through doing a research project for my degree (on whether people who live in mental health community homes see them as constructive environments) and also doing research at the charity itself. Most importantly my writing skills have tightened up (though there is still room for improvement) and I am more skilled at using literature and then reviewing how my research fits in with the research that has gone on before.
My proudest achievement at Missing People has been in completing my research into people with intellectual disabilities going missing. Nothing precisely about this topic has (to my knowledge) been written before. There were many important findings, and since going up on the website this research project has been downloaded many times.