Meet the Team: Vicky Osgood
Our incredible charity ambassadors play a key role in helping LoveBrum to increase awareness, sharing the LoveBrum story to their communities and across their social and business networks.
Vicky Osgood, Patron Advisor at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and LoveBrum ambassador, was one of LoveBrum’s very first members!
Find out why Vicky loves Brum…
What’s your background and where are you based?
I have lived all over Birmingham (from Perry Barr to the Jewellery Quarter) but I’m currently based in Stirchley. We finally made the leap and bought a house two and half years ago and I’m still thrilled to be based there every day. I absolutely adore Birmingham and would definitely consider myself more of a Brummie than a ‘Milton Keynesian’ (which is where I grew up).
I moved to the city in 2003 to study Radio Production at Birmingham City University (then called the University of Central England). Since graduating in 2006 I’ve worked in all sorts of different fields; from customer service and civil engineering to community management. I now manage the Patron members of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. The GBCC are a membership organisation (which was founded in 1813) and look after over 3,300 members from across the region. I’m proud to work with an organisation that boasts so much history, but strives for constant improvement to deliver fantastic results for all of its members.
Why do you Love Brum?
The city is so vibrant; from a thriving food and drink scene to a diverse and accessible calendar of arts and cultural activities – I genuinely believe that no one based in Birmingham can ever claim there’s nothing to do. In any given week you’ll find me propping up the bar of the breweries of Stirchley, dining in any number of the wonderful restaurants in the centre (with LoveBrum discount card in hand!) or catching a gig or a show at one of the Midland’s fantastic gig venues or theatres.
The main reason I love Birmingham is the people. The warmth and kindness of a Brummie (and our neighbours across the border in the Black Country) continues to make me an unrelenting ambassador for the city. The creativity, drive and passion in the business community is also inspiring and backed up by the fact we boast the highest number of new UK start-ups outside of London and some of the biggest organisations in the country are choosing to headquarter here.
Why did you choose to become an ambassador of LoveBrum?
If you look at my membership history, I was probably around sign up number 003 following the launch! At just £20 for the year, it was a bit of a no brainer – especially when 100% of the membership fee goes directly to grassroots projects in Birmingham.
When I first heard about LoveBrum I was based in the Jewellery Quarter in Ladywood; one of the poorest – yet wealthy in part – wards in the country. There are so many charity organisations doing absolutely amazing things in the city, but at the time I felt that some of the fantastic community initiatives that were created by normal people in these deprived areas were being ignored by the big funders. LoveBrum creates an accessible and more even playing field, giving anyone an opportunity to apply for funding for smaller, meaningful schemes that genuinely change the lives of those they work with.
The team are absolutely wonderful too; from the fantastic staff at the charity to all of the ambassadors. Each bring a different skillset, passion and their own unique viewpoint to the table – meaning you’re always guaranteed a great conversation and a new way of looking at the charitable activity in the region.
What projects are you passionate about?
I’m always blown away by the creativity, diversity and kindness of the different projects funded by LoveBrum. Recently I’ve absolutely loved hearing about DiscoInclusive and the Eloquent Praise & Empowerment Dance Company; which are two recently funded causes that help adults with disabilities and young people gain confidence and build friendships through music and dance.
These are the sort of ‘hidden gem’ projects that I adore; DiscoInclusive only needs £2,000 to host a whole year of events and Eloquent Praise & Empowerment Dance Company were only looking for a similar amount to allow them to keep holding empowerment mentoring sessions for people in the community, keeping them free and accessible to all. Although these organisations each look after a relatively small group of people, they make a huge, huge impact on those that use these services and genuinely change lives.
Preferred social media handle?
Twitter & Instagram – @vjosgood
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