Swapping the City for the Chaos
I first came to Cornwall to study Photography at Falmouth University. I fell in love with the county over those three years, though a lack of funds and career plan saw me returning home to London after graduation. I spent a year or so gathering sought after experience; interning here there and anywhere, eager to find work. Eventually I secured my first “proper” job, working in a palace. Here I learnt a lot about marketing and social media from a brand’s perspective, though I struggled to fit in to London life. The longer I stayed, the more I yearned for the freedom of the sea and after 6 months, I caved and returned to Kernow.
I had no real plan, which some people found risky but I knew I just HAD to get back to Cornwall, for the sake of my well-being. I’d come home from work and apply for jobs throughout the night, which is how I came across the Chaos Group. The job description ticked all the right boxes, a diverse role, in Cornwall, where I would be using my marketing skills to help benefit the local community – it was almost too good to be true! I was invited to interview a few days later but there was just one problem; the mere 300 odd miles between Cornwall and London. After an initial Google Hangout with the Chaos team, I rushed to Cornwall to meet them face to face and that afternoon I was told I got the job!
My first week soon rolled around and though I was gutted to miss Stayathome’s trip to BF Adventure, I was eager to get stuck in. There’s always an element of uncertainty when starting a new job and being handed a horse on my lunch break was no exception! Coming from the city, I’m not a horsey person and the last time I’d seen, let alone led a horse was when I was a nipper! Nevertheless I rose to the challenge and took the horses to the field (after being pushed into a few hedgerows along the way!)
It turns out these encounters are somewhat of the norm here at the Chaos Group, particularly when you’re office is based on the Farm. I’m losing count of the number of times I’ve been roped in to herding sheep, photographing horses and moving furniture. We’ve even been called to a marketing team meeting by the sea! When someone asks me to explain my role, I really do struggle!
My official title is Campaign Manager and I work closely with Stayathome to help promote our services in the care industry. I’m the one behind Stayathome’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels and I also take photos of pretty much everything (putting that £27,000 piece of paper to good use!) With the Chaos Group being as chaotic as it is (pun intended) we love doing things differently and aside from spontaneously helping on the farm and documenting all our adventures, my role is all about coming up with new ways to change the face of care!
So far I’ve been out on the Elder Care round, shadowing one of our Care Support Workers, attended our three course BOP lunch and researched accessible days out in Cornwall. I’ve also been up to lots of top secret missions, though they’re confidential and my lips are sealed. You’ll just have to follow us on social media in the meantime to keep up with our adventures!
It turns out I’ve swapped a fairly ordinary desk job for a completely new life. I may have only been working here a month but I’ve been welcomed so warmly. Everyone has made me feel at home and I feel like a real member of the Chaos Group family – it’s like I’ve been here for years! Now if only you could summarise my role in one photo… Oh wait!
I can’t wait for what adventures lie in wait! Of course, I’ll be photographing, instagramming and tweeting it all #KeepItChaos