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23 April 2020
Target’s Commitment to Charitable Work
Max Wiseman, Compliance Officer for Target Professional Services, offers an insight into how he used his annual ‘Charity Leave’:
Having only joined Target in September 2019, I was surprised to learn they offer charity leave to employees across the business. I was familiar with this concept as my previous employer also offered this, but I was very aware this was a rare opportunity benefit in any company so for it to be offered in 2 consecutive businesses I was very lucky. I was pleased to have moved to a new business, who also offered this amazing benefit.
I have been heavily involved with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) since I was 17 and I have always been very passionate about the charity even in my childhood years. My father has volunteered for the RNLI for over 35 years and as a child, I spent nearly every weekend down the lifeboat station with him learning as much as I could about the boats.
I have volunteered for 7 ½ years with the RNLI at Selsey Lifeboat station in both Shore and Boat Based capacities. I am now a fully trained crew member onboard both the Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat and the D-Class Inshore Lifeboat, as well as a qualified launch and recovery driver for the smaller D-Class Lifeboat. As I progress in my voluntary career with the RNLI, I am working through additional qualifications and roles within the stations. Having been crew for 7 years, I am now working towards my helmsman qualification which when completed will require me to command the lifeboat in rescue situations.
Target have been instrumental in allowing me to fulfil this qualification which has been a lifelong dream. In January 2020, only 4 months after starting with Target I spent a week at the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, Dorset. The purpose for this stay was to learn more about commanding the lifeboat in a variety of circumstances in addition to handling the craft, especially in rough weather conditions.
I thoroughly enjoyed the week in Poole, which would not have been possible without the support of Target and the ability to use my Charity Leave to complete this course. Since returning to Selsey, I regularly attend lifeboat calls and training to reinforce the training I received in January, whilst working towards the end goal of passing my final assessment to become a lifeboat helmsman.
Thank you, Target, for you continued support!