We talk to Jerry During, CEO & Co-founder of Money A+E
What is your name and role? Jerry During CEO at Money A+E.
How did you hear about the Shpresa Programme? Citizens UK membership and joint work with Shpresa.
Why do you think that Shpresa’s work is important? It addresses the needs of the Albanian community and, based on current and emerging needs, supports and serves the community to thrive and integrate into UK life.
What work have you done together? CUK work on poverty, and joint actions/ training and advice services for service users/ subletting of office space at heavily subsidized rates/translation services for our staff / joint fundraising/staff team working together in partnership to offer a range of services to service users/ capacity building training for staff and volunteers/ Introduction to capacity building organisations/ mentoring and peer mentoring/ supported each other at joint events/ Be the Change project supporting the empowerment of women/ supporting Shpresa’s young people with training and advice services/ Horizon Legal Advice project supporting those with life-limiting conditions to receive the benefits they need to help them live with their conditions/ Money Champions project working with UEL.
What do/ did you enjoy most about working with Shpresa? Amazing people/ rapid solutions to pressing needs/ flexible ability to work in partnership / immense impact/empowerment of all they come into contact with.
What have you learned about the Albanian-speaking community since working with Shpresa? Hardworking, intelligent, proud, integrity, beautiful, compassionate, and proud culture.
If you could describe the work of Shpresa in one sentence what would you say?– Miraculous.
What three words come to mind when you think of Shpresa? Hope, Compassion, Empowerment.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your work with Shpresa? Long may our partnership work continue.
Is anything you would advise them of now? Thank you for all you continue to do and have done to support us in our early days.