When James heard in 2019 that his friend Matt Findel-Hawkins had co-founded a social enterprise with a focus on improving the wellbeing of keyworkers, he was keen to get involved.
When Covid struck, James spent his time promoting TAP to influential keyworker networks to get the message out that there was a free-to-use social thanking platform that the public could use to show their appreciation to keyworkers. He was also interviewed on BBC TV and local radio where he had the opportunity to share TAP's story and encourage the public to boost keyworkers' morale through the power of gratitude.
Nowadays James' main role with TAP is to onboard keyworker organisations as well as develop corporate partnerships with those sharing TAP's mission.
Why have you started working with TAP?
I've spent most of my career working for purpose-driven organisations so when I heard in 2019 that my friend Matt Findel-Hawkins had co-founded a social enterprise with a focus on improving the wellbeing of keyworkers via a unique social thanking platform I was motivated to get involved.
What excites you about TAP?
I have a sense of purpose to do what I can to make a positive difference in our society. In practical terms this has been promoting TAP to influential keyworker networks such as the Institute of Health and Social Care Management, The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff and Minds Ahead to gain widespread adoption of TAP's free-to-use social thanking platform in the education, healthcare and social care sectors.
What is your main mission in your role?
My main role is to onboard keyworker organisations such as Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the London Care Association and Rivermead Inclusive Trust, as well as develop partnerships with a shared mission such as YPO and CareTech Foundation. I've also been interviewed on BBC TV and local radio where I had the opportunity to tell people about TAP and encourage the public to use the platform to share messages of appreciation with keyworkers to help boost their morale.
What was the best message of thanks you've ever read?
It was a message to Roy Hill who volunteers at Kempton House Day Centre in Sussex who typifies the unsung heroes in our communities.
To: Roy Hill, Volunteer at Kempton House Day Centre, Sussex
Big Thank You to Roy Hill for all he does at Kempton House he is a great volunteer for over 3 years and helps us support so many elderly people in the community especially in lockdown by delivering hot meals. Roy is 78 years old but will help others in any way he can from washing up to friendly chat to fixing a tap
Have you sent a message of thanks yourself?
Of course! Mainly messages of thanks to those who've helped spread the word about TAP.