Time to Shine is a leadership programme established by The Rank Foundation and is currently in its eighth year of operation. It has evolved in alignment with The Rank Foundation’s mission as it sits firmly within the Foundation’s ‘investing in people and organisations’ principle.

To date, 120+ charities have benefited from a Time to Shine leader – typically UK youth and community care organisations. It was set up following discussions in 2008 about the impact of the impending recession on charities that The Rank Foundation supports and on young people setting out on their chosen career path. Following an extensive pilot project, based on a volunteering scheme, the Time to Shine Internship Programme was created in 2011. It has developed and grown over the years and in 2019 was re-branded as the Time to Shine Leadership Programme.

What’s The Point?

Its purpose is twofold: to address organisational development gaps within the charity, and to enable a person with the right skills mix, talent and work ethic to experience a 12 month Living Wage paid position in a meaningful work role.

The programme aims to bring about sustainable improvements to the charity’s performance, boost employment prospects and build interest in career opportunities in the social sector.

How does it work?

Each year charities are invited to apply, outlining a priority organisational development gap and what difference a leader would make in addressing this need. Charities are shortlisted and then the charity identifies an individual with the skills and talent to carry out the leadership programme. An interview that includes Rank, the line manager and the prospective leader takes place in order to ensure that the organisation is clear about the role and what support structures are in place.

At the start of the programme the line manager and leader are both invited to a launch conference. This is an important activity as it provides the opportunity to share information on Time to Shine, and offers a chance for the leaders and line managers to meet and create new support networks.
Each of the leadership programmes is designed specifically around the needs of the charity. The programme does not replace a core function but often offers the opportunity to test new areas of work that may lead to a permanent post or new system (not funded by Rank).

What Does The Intern Do?

This year there are 31 Leaders in 31 different organisations within the Rank network. The charities and social enterprises address many significant and deep-seated problems in society such as bullying among young people, knife crime, food poverty, loneliness among older people and rural isolation. These organisations face different challenges externally but share similar organisational needs internally such as marketing, PR, fundraising, research, social media and I.T. systems. The Time to Shine Leaders are specifically recruited on merit of their skills set and work ethic, to address these business needs and, over the 12 month period, to improve the host charities capacity to deliver services in the longer term.

Meet six of the new Time to Shine Leaders…

Rachel Jackson
Rachel JacksonVolunteer Dundee

Role: Social media and marketing intern.

How I got here : Before I began working for Volunteer Dundee, I had just finished university and was a youth media volunteer.

What I’m looking forward to: Starting my first proper job since graduating and being creative whilst making a difference in my community. I also look forward to obtaining new skills and perspectives; by meeting new people through the Rank Foundation and taking part in training.

One Thing I couldn’t live without: My Cat

Kevin Holcroft
Kevin HolcroftCredu and WCD Young Carers

Role: Engagement and Communications Intern

How I got here: I originally joined Credu as a casual in the operations team, where I gained enormous respect for the superb work the organisation does to connect and support unpaid Carers. My background is in business consulting where I worked with various corporate and third sector organisations in South Africa.

What I’m looking forward to: Learning valuable leadership skills and building a professional support network as part of the Time to Shine Programme.

In my free time: I enjoy visiting new places in Wales and I’m a keen runner. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

Kryten Vlug
Kryten VlugClydesdale Community Initiatives

Role: Social Entrepreneurship Intern

How I got here : I got here by saying Why Not. Why not run for student board rep, Why not go to Japan, Why not be a New Zealand ambassador, Why not start this small business, Why not apply for that scholarship to university and most importantly, Why wait for my girlfriend to finish university in 4 years when I could just fly over now and see what happens? I was working 50 hours a week in a hotel bar and restaurant living there saving up and on the lookout for an amazing opportunity like this.

What I’m looking forward to: This is my chance to really prove my skills but also grow as a person learning for so many new and experienced people in a completely new sector of work. I’m excited to work hard and prove myself to everyone that I am worth the investment.

One thing I couldn’t live without: Books! I’m in a deficit at the moment as saving means some less luxuries but I will soon be ordering bulk to catch up.

Efi Papagianni
Efi PapagianniFaith in Community Dundee

Role: My new role is really varied but also in one aspect very simple: I work in the community, with the community.

How I got here : Before starting my internship, I was working a clerical/admin job. A relative worked with my (now) line manager, so I was aware of her work, if from a distance. When Faith in Community Dundee approached me about the internship it felt like everything in my life was coming together.

What I’m looking forward to: I am in awe of the fact that I get to do something so meaningful for a living. I’m so excited to do this work for the rest of the year and to hopefully use that as a first step into a career working with and supporting people in the community. Through the Rank Foundation I’ve had the opportunity to meet likeminded people and will get to work with them throughout the year.

One thing I couldn’t live without: Animals. My mom runs an animal shelter, so I’ve grown up around animals. They bring so much joy into my life!

Chloe Wood
Chloe WoodAccessible Arts and Media

Role: Community Fundraising Coordinator

How I got here: After completing a degree in Music Technology and Popular Music, I spent a year teaching music to children with Special Needs. I love this work but jumped at the chance to be more involved with an arts charity. I have a sister who has disabilities so it feels natural for me to be ensuring that excellent arts services are available for anyone who would usually find it difficult to access them.

What I’m looking forward to: I am excited to learn more about how a small charity operates. I feel very lucky to have met such a brilliant group of Time to Shine Leaders from all over the UK. We have a network of passionate people who are all dedicated to making change in their own charities and I can’t wait to see such a huge variety of projects unfold.

One thing I couldn’t live without: Music! It’s the best medicine.

Shah Rahman
Shah RahmanSt Hilda's

Role: Marketing Intern

How I got here:After graduating, I was working in retail and also volunteering for a youth club charity. My mentor recommended I apply for an internship post at a community centre – St. Hilda’s. They gave me an opportunity for this exciting experience helping out the community centre on their 130th anniversary.

What I’m looking forward to: I am looking forward to building new relationships with potential clients and staff members at St Hilda’s. I look forward to creating new connections with other organizations and organizing our special events. This will be done by using my marketing knowledge and skills to promote and advertising through online and offline platforms.

One thing I couldn’t live without: Coleslaw, Yes that’s right. You heard me loud and clear. When you’re off to a cheeky Nando’s, don’t forget that coleslaw on the side.