There are many heart-warming stories about public support to combat coronavirus. Meet Mel Larsen, the freelancer using her skills to make a difference.
After running her business crisis strategy course for the sixth time, self-employed coach and consultant Mel decided to run it again, but with a difference. Despite times being difficult for us all right now, the 55-year-old decided to donate all profits to the food bank charity, Trussell Trust.
“The onset of the virus was a shock to us all and I saw that my clients, small businesses and freelancers, and their networks were really struggling”, Mel tells me. “I wanted to support them and show them ways to regain a sense of balance and power even in these very difficult circumstances.
“I looked at what had helped me regain my own balance. I looked around to see what approaches and innovations were inspiring me. I also drew on my years of experience – being a freelancer demands that you are resilient and agile even at the best of times.
“I then turned all of that into an online workshop called, ‘Find a Way for your Small Business’ which has proved to be enormously popular.”
The course, designed to help freelancers and small businesses stay afloat during a crisis, has so far raised a staggering £890 for Trussell Trust.