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We offer multiple volunteer, internship and work experience opportunities in events, publishing, journalism, charity management and more!
I volunteered for the Brun Bear Foundation as a student journalist over three months. My assignment was to report on the lead up to a Community Day, organised by The Brun Bear Foundation in partnership with Colfes School, and then report on how the day went. The placement brought me into contact with a range of people and organisations. On the day itself I spent my time interviewing, taking photos and also volunteering. This was fun and also gave me a sense of how important The Brun Bear Foundation's work is within the local community.
I learnt how to interview people effectively and got important feedback. There were one-to-one meetings where we went through my articles and discussed the edits and why changes were needed. I appreciated being able to work independently with guidance available when needed. I am confident that this experience has improved my communication and journalistic skills and will be an asset in the future. It was also enriching for me - and my fellow students who particated in the Community Day - to be immersed in local causes and see firsthand how small and often underfunded organisations are so vital in the life of the community. I am glad that I have learnt something and also grateful to have been able to give back to the community through this opportunity with The Brun Bear Foundation.
My work placement with The Brun Bear Foundation was an incredible experience. Posting on The Brun Bear socials gave me the opportunity to develop my writing and digital art. Completing an internal project was invaluable in developing my research and presentation skills. Edwin afforded me the necessary independence to work, but I never felt I was left in the dark. The organisation is always within reach, friendly and well-managed. I was educated on numerous issues facing the local area and beyond, some of which have been exacerbated by COVID. I also learnt what can be done to help. The experience was an undeniable eye-opener!
My time spent with The Brun Bear Foundation has been incredibly fulfilling. I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to broaden my horizons. It was wonderful to be involved in organising the Birthing and Maternity Online Annual Conferences, interacting with some of the most inspirational speakers of our time.
My internship with The Brun Bear Foundation allowed me to gain a variety of skills and experience tailored to my own career goals. I had the opportunity to manage their social media channels and promote a series of events, including an Epic Adventure. I gained a range of skills and experience spanning social media marketing, graphic design and competitor analysis. The internship really boosted my confidence and the experience section of my CV. This helped me hugely in securing my new job in social media marketing.
My time with the Brun Bear Foundation has helped me develop numerous skills and attributes that will undoubtedly come to assist in my future career and professional development. The independence I was afforded by the Foundation’s director, Edwin Lampert, in my role as events coordinator allowed me to discover capabilities and self-confidence that I had previously been unaware of in myself. I am also proud to have helped, even if only in some small way, the development of this Foundation that champions incredible causes and seeks to, when all is said and done, make people’s lives better.
I was put in contact with The Brun Bear Foundation by Lewisham Careers' Service. As a young person looking for an opportunity to increase my skills and gain work experience, working with the charity was an ideal opportunity. I helped with updating the charity's Twitter page, and helping to promote their work at different events. I found working with Edwin Lampert, the founder, warm and welcoming. I felt this was a charity that I could relate to and one which is investing back into my local community and young people.
I’ve lived and worked in Lewisham all my life and am always looking for ways to give back. The Brun Bear Foundation has a local and global ambition as a charity, supporting the local community, animal welfare and medical research. I volunteered when I could, promoting the charity at fundraising events. I’ve also supported the selling of two wonderful books about two bears who encompass the ethos of giving and caring. Working with a charity that is professionally managed is wonderful, particularly as you also get to work with a variety of people who share the same passion and wanting to invest their time and skill into a worthwhile cause.
My name is Bronte Carvalho and I am a journalist and graduate of Queen Mary University of London. My role on The Brun Bear Foundation’s BAME Birthing With Colour project has seen me interviewing and profiling leading figures in the maternity sector. This was an eye-opening experience, deepening my appreciation for medical professionals while also reminding me of the myriad obstacles BAME women continue to face - within the four walls of the hospital and beyond. A highlight of my work has been my conversation with birth activist Mars Lord. Our enriching discussion took in unconscious - and conscious - bias in the medical sphere.
Working with BAME: Birthing with Colour was an enriching experience. As I continue to learn more about the NHS and it’s vital importance to the UK, it was pivotal to understand why everyone wasn’t getting equal healthcare under a system that promotes said equality. I was able hear from many healthcare professionals and gain new insight as to how to improve the care BAME patients receive. This invaluable sharing of information is what BAME: Birthing with Colour represents, and to have been a part of that team has been enlightening. Thank you for the opportunity.
Yap Xin Ran
I was one of the social media managers for The Brun Bear Foundation's annual BAME Maternity conference. It was a really incredible opportunity! I got to work and collaborate with many remarkable industry professionals for interviews, workshops and more! The organisation is very well-managed, and always looking for new ways to help better the lives of children, women, and minorities. I really felt like I made a difference during my time with The Brun Bear Foundation!
I am proud to be part of the team delivering events. I have been able to leverage my professional experience working in IT to help roll out different IT systems and platforms. Other duties included working with event speakers and helping ensure the logistics of dry runs and materials etc. My role has also included helping on the day including backroom support and front-of-house session hosting.
Working on The Brun Bear Foundation's BAME: Birthing with Colour project was a wonderful learning experience. I developed my independence as I had the freedom to be creative and implement new strategies while running their Instagram page. I had the chance to connect with many inspiring role models who are advocating for better care for BAME mothers. I found it very rewarding interviewing healthcare professionals, who shone a light on many healthcare inequalities that I previously did not know about.
Malavika (Malvika) Padinharathra
My internship has been incredibly rewarding. Delving into the webinars and writing up pieces gave me insight into topics that I had always wanted to explore within my journalistic endeavours. My time at The Brun Bear Foundation has also uncovered an interest in maternity. I’m very grateful.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
My role as a Business Strategy Research Intern involved drawing up a licensing strategy that was compatible with The Brun Bear Foundation's strategic aims and values. The experience helped boost my analytical, problem solving and written communication skills through having to contact licensing industry experts, attend webinars and deliver weekly presentations. I also worked closely with founder Edwin Lampert and trustee Peter French who provided coaching and support throughout the experience. They both made me feel at home as soon as I started. I would recommend The Brun Bear Foundation to students looking for a rewarding experience and opportunity to develop invaluable skills. I was able to use the skills gained from the internship to acquire a placement at L’Oréal.
My internship with The Brun Bear Foundation has been an incredible learning opportunity. The internship increased my knowledge of social media management, public relations and communications. I had the chance to manage the BAME Birthing With Colour’s Instagram account, create social media posts and create media contact lists for as well as do desk research. This experience allowed me to improve my communication skills, time management and sense of creativity which has helped me immensely at my new job. Also, working with Edwin Lampert was an absolute pleasure. Edwin’s professionalism and dedication to The Brun Bear Foundation and BAME Birthing With Colour is inspiring to work with. I would highly recommend students, graduates or professionals to get involved.
Intern with The Brun Bear Foundation
An internship with The Brun Bear Foundation represents an outstanding opportunity to develop skills and real experience in a dynamic charity with an inclusive ethos and the highest ethical standards.
We match our interns with projects or specialist pieces of work that correspond with their interests, expertise and career goals. Supervision, coaching and support is provided as needed.
Our interns get meaningful experience, a reference on satisfactory completion of the internship and a wealth of new friends and contacts!
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Brun Bear Foundation Ambassadors
Brun Bear Foundation Ambassadors are appointed to promote/represent one of the Foundation’s areas of activity: children’s books and education; community and cultural events; Birthing And Maternity Education Online; MotherBear!; pop up restaurants and supper clubs; epic adventures.
Nurseries, kindergartens, play groups and schools
Through our series of children's books - The Adventures of Brunhilfer and Brunfin - and our upcoming community theatre tour we look to educate, entertain and inspire the younger generation. Our activities promote positive and universal values including community, being true to yourself, kindness, animal welfare and caring for the environment.
Community Theatre Tour
The Brun Bear Foundation is planning a community theatre tour of the The Adventures of Brunhilfer and Brunfin: The Flood. This is the children's book our founder wrote in memory of his father. To learn more and discuss ways your skills, enthusiasm and expertise can benefit the project please contact us today!