Organiser of the Month - Amy Garfirth
20th August 2018
We know how hard all our Organisers work to balance their Usborne business with all their other commitments, and how challenging this can be at times. August's Organiser of the Month has built up a strong business around a full time job as a deputy nursery manager and has seen great success through working with schools.
Amy was nominated by her mentor Beth O'Donovan:
"Amy is a children's nursery deputy manager and does this job full time. She is a devoted Auntie to her nieces and uses her knowledge from her job and her family to help advise people on suitable books for their children.
Her passion is infectious, she has even been known to talk about her love of being an Organiser to people on the bus! Amy doesn't drive but hasn't let this be a barrier to getting out and about whenever possible.
She has recently started enjoying great success with schools and has raised £800 from a very successful Community Book Pledge.
Amy is a very much loved member of our team, she is incredibly supportive and she is determined to become a Team Leader. Judging on how much effort she has put into her business throughout the past year, I have no doubt that she will make an excellent Team Leader soon.
I feel very lucky to be Amy's mentor and her friend."
Amy shares her Usborne story with us:
"I joined Usborne at the end of June 2017. I was looking for a hobby and to earn a bit of extra money alongside my full time deputy manager's job in early years. Joining Beth's team was a no brainer for me. When talking to her she answered my many questions and reassured me about the flexibility and the no targets, which was crucial as I didn't want to burn myself out.
A year down the line and there is nothing I love more than working for Usborne. The children where I work have benefited from the free books I get to choose. I pick books that match the things they like to talk about and the children and I share many happy times exploring the books and having long discussions, and without providing them with these valuable resources, I wouldn't have been able to develop their passion for reading further.
Working with schools and nurseries has become a real passion of mine as there are so many ways in which I can support them. The first school I worked with was my biggest Usborne challenge, where it wasn't just my first school but my first Community Book Pledge too. I wanted to do my best as the school was in a deprived area, so children could have brand new books for their library project. Once all complete I was so proud to tell them that I had raised £810 and they were delighted.
I am a massive bookworm and I enjoy reading the fiction books. Two books that I always recommend (even if they do make me cry) are Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy and A Boy Called Hope. Being able to treat myself to a new young adult title is a reward to myself and by doing this I have been able to recommend more books to customers on a similar line to the books they have.
Over the last six months especially I have really seen my business grow, and I truly feel that's because of the support and guidance I have from my mentor and her downline. My confidence has grown massively in this time and I hadn't really seen the change in myself, but others were there ready to point it out - it is not only at Usborne it has been noted, but my full time job too. I cannot wait to get going and I am looking forward to the season ahead. It is already cracking up to be a busy one and I really cannot wait!!"
Congratulations Amy! A copy of our August Book of the Month will be on its way to you very soon.
Nominations for Organiser of the Month...
We look forward to receiving all nominations. You may nominate yourself or any other Organiser. Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name and Organiser number. Good luck!