I began working as a data analyst intern for NRAS. My role is to evaluate the services at the charity to ensure that they are having the best possible impact on the people who use them. As a result I’ve been conducting focus groups, telephone interviews and if you’ve been sent any questionnaires it’s probably a fair guess that I’m not far away!
As a result I’ve been spoilt by the number of opportunities I’ve had to meet people with rheumatoid arthritis and their families. I’m always surprised by how welcoming everyone is and how willing they are to give up their time to help. As well as being insightful it’s also been a lot of fun – we’ve shared more than a few mince pies and giggles together. A particular highlight was trying out the holistic therapy technique of ‘cupping’ on the lucky lady who happened to be sat near me at a regional group meeting. I’ve pleased to say she emerged unscathed!
The remainder of this year looks no less exciting both for me and for NRAS. Against my better judgement I’ve already been coaxed into running the NRAS 10km with a number of my colleagues for the 2012 NRAS Games. I’m also very concerned that it’s only a matter of time before I’m persuaded to jump out of a plane attached to an instructor and parachute. All in the name of charity... I’m looking forward to meeting even more of you in 2012 and wish you all the best.
Data Analyst and Research Intern