Author Archives: rachelsmith001

December 14

London A to Z

Z is for “Zzzzzzzzs”. I thought a sunset was an appropriate image to symbolise the end of my PULSE assignment with Save and I can assure you that it is a Zanzibar sunset.  So, as I Zip up the last few documents and spreadsheets, I’m looking forward to catching up on lots of Zzzzzzzzs after […]

December 07

London A to Z

Y is for “Yikes”. Yoo-hoo.  Yes, it’s me again and that’s exactly what struck me Yesterday when I was musing on what to write this week.  Yikes, that once more there don’t appear to be many “Y words” to use, (I naively thought there’d be more) and yikes that there are only two weeks left […]

November 30

London A to Z

X is for … ? Well I always knew that this was going to be a tough one and I’ve been approaching this week much like the proverbial bunny in Xenon headlights. My dilemma was confirmed when I eXamined the single page of “X” words in my ever faithful dictionary.  It soon became obvious that […]

November 23

London A to Z

W is for “Whatever, Wherever, Whenever”. Where in the World Were We last Week ?  We Went to Ware.  Where ?  Ware.  (Apologies – old joke Which never fails to amuse those hearing it for the first time). (As a brief digression, could that possibly be the Winning first line of this posse of postings […]

November 16

London A to Z

V is for “Volunteer”. Verily, I want to use this week’s post as a Vehicle to promote the opportunities we all have to Volunteer.  This doesn’t have to be a big commitment that takes you away from your day job or your family.  I can Vouch for the fact that any hour you can spare […]

November 09

London A to Z

U is for “Universal”. For the GSK-Save the Children Partnership, an important Use of this word is in the phrase Universal Health Coverage (UHC).  This is something that both parties endorse; believing that it’s an Unquestionable right that everyone, everywhere on the planet should have access to quality, essential health services without it forcing either […]

November 02

London A to Z

T is for “Time”. Week Twenty and with over Two Thirds of my placement now completed it feels like Time is really Ticking by.  I Therefore Thought it was about time I introduce you To two other volunteers who I did my PULSE Training with.  But before That, I’m going to go off at a […]

October 26

London A to Z

S is for “Save”. As I Step out of the house, Somewhere between Six and Seven o’clock, Spick and Span for a new day, it’s now very much “hello darkness my old friend” each morning; cold and cloudy but fortunately not too wintery yet.  So Supplying time for a gentle wake up as I Stroll […]

October 12

London A to Z

R is for “Results”. My PULSE assignment has coincided with the mid term Review of the GSK-Save Partnership.  This means that we are Reviewing the Results of all the programmes and initiatives to date, i.e. what the Partnership has Realised in the first 2.5 years.  In my monitoring and evaluation Role, I have been working […]

October 12

London A to Z

Q is for one of the weeks you’ve all been waiting for… I know that the Question on your lips has been, how will she find things to cover this week ?  And I confess that it has been Quite a Quandary.  Since the Queen hasn’t been in touch with me to invite me round […]

October 05

London A to Z

P is for “PULSE”. Some weeks are Particularly Painless to assign a Principal word to and of course P week had to be PULSE, no Prizes there.  But it was only when I started to Put Pen to Paper (as it were) that I realised I Probably Peaked too early last week when I linked […]

September 28

London A to Z

O is for “Opportunities”. When reading the blogs from the Other volunteers, a common theme is “using the Opportunities we are given”.  We have been given a great Opportunity to change Ourselves, try new experiences and make a difference in the world; even if that change feels like Only an impossibly small One compared with […]

September 21

London A to Z

N is for Notable. Why ?  Because this week is when we should stop thinking at my little town level and start thinking big, thinking sustainable, thinking citizen of the planet level … still don’t know what I’m Nattering on about ?  This is a Notable week, because world leaders will meet in New York, […]

September 14

London A to Z

M is for “Midway”. It’s hard to believe, but this is my 13th posting and therefore at the end of this week I’ll be Midway through My assignment.  Time is Most definitely Marching by. The Middle of my assignment also coincides with Mid-term for the GSK-Save the Children Partnership, so my Monitoring and Evaluation role […]

September 07

London A to Z

L is for “Lives”. Whether it’s helping to save Lives or improve the quality of them, that’s what the PULSE volunteers are trying to contribute to during their assignments and to be a part of a sustainable change for the better. The variety of the placements Lays bare the truth of the extent and diversity […]