A LEADING Scots based tech business has got behind a vital cancer charity to help grow its community of supporters by fully funding a graduate to take up a crucial new role.
Megan Porter has been appointed Community and Events Co-Ordinator for Ayrshire Cancer Support, a post that sees her spearheading the charity’s engagement efforts, championing the services it offers to those impacted by cancer.
Eureka Solutions stepped in after learning just how important the position could be to the charity for its fundraising, community events, working with the media, overseeing social media channels and building relationships with key stakeholders.
Not only that, the company’s chairman, Alistair Livingstone, is also giving his time to mentor Megan in person with sessions every week focusing on marketing, professional development and also providing access to LinkedIn training.
Ayrshire Cancer Support is one of Scotland’s leading cancer support charities and has been working with the community since 1982 making this their 40th year of operations. They provide free dedicated support services to those who need it, including hospital transport, drop-in centres, counselling, support groups, therapies and information provision.
The charity was also recently granted the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of its vital work across the community.
Joining the team has been a huge opportunity for Megan who graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Event Management from University West of Scotland last year, since she became involved with the charity in January.
She first encountered them through her grandparents who were both service users and said being able to get involved thanks to Eureka Solutions’ support had allowed her to step into a career that can really give something back.
The 22-year-old said: “I am learning something new every day, I am truly loving the role and am so grateful to Alistair and everyone at Eureka Solutions for making the opportunity with Ayrshire Cancer Support possible.”
“The main piece of advice that sticks out from Alistair so far has been that it is ok to make mistakes, explaining it is fine as long as you learn from them. He said that asking questions is always the best way to learn, and I’ve been doing plenty of that.”
“It is also great being involved with the local community, meeting new people, overseeing events and doing all I can to support my colleagues and all the volunteers who I know from experience are making a huge difference to people’s lives.”
Alistair, who also serves as a Trustee with the charity, was born and brought up in Ayrshire and later worked as a teacher in the area for 14 years before moving into business and later launching Eureka Solutions.
Eureka Solutions has grown to become a leading business systems provider for NetSuite and Sage software, combining their technical expertise with personalised, customer-led service to help businesses run more effectively, efficiently and profitably.
Of the 60+ staff, around half started as graduates, so he knows only too well the importance of developing young talent.
He said: “As a Trustee I became aware of how important this role is to Ayrshire Cancer Support, so we didn’t hesitate to step in, knowing full well what a difference this would make to the charity, the community and a new graduate.”
“Megan is a terrific talent with some excellent ideas, asking great questions and really taking on board what advice I’ve been able to offer from my own career. I have no doubt her work will make a huge impact, building on the work this amazing charity continues to do.”
“Our one-to-one sessions, the training she has access to and learning on the job in a space where every contribution is vital, will see her build on everything she learned at university in a way that will benefit Ayrshire Cancer Support for a long time to come.”
Eureka Solutions is a long-term supporter of the charity, sponsoring a range of fundraising events and also recently providing uniforms with Ayrshire Cancer Support branding for volunteers to raise awareness and help services users locate volunteers, as well as livery for their drivers’ cars when out and about.
Alongside Megan’s new role and its day-to-day activities, the charity is currently also raising funds for a dedicated new centre in Ayr to provide vital services to people living with or affected by cancer through its Make It Happen appeal.
Eureka Solutions is a £4.5m-a-year business with 70 staff and clients across tech, sport, hospitality, non-profit, wholesale distribution, ecommerce and other sectors. Having operated for more than 18 years, Eureka Solutions is widely recognised as a leader in unifying the business systems of growing organisations.