Laura Turner, Office Manager
What I do
I'm Laura, Viva!'s Office Manager. I started working here in 2005 as Admin & Merchandise Officer. I'm responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Admin department. My team process donations, Direct Debits, Standing Orders, leaflet and merchandise orders and other income. We update the records with new addresses, assemble and send out supporter packs; thank you letters and emails, as well as processing and sending free info packs and materials to students and teachers. We answer the phones and help with general queries regarding the campaigns and going vegan, take donations and orders, help with supporter queries and direct calls to the right departments.
I deal with the info@viva email box where we receive lots of queries, ranging from questions about vegan products to questions about support, campaigns, how to help Viva! spread awareness and how to go vegan. I deal with the Adopt an Animal Scheme, process and send adoption packs and liaise with the sanctuaries in the UK and Poland. I organise work for our office volunteers and work experience students, and do various other jobs such as ordering stationery and sundries for staff and updating the website with new vegan celebrities.
Working at Viva!
I love working for Viva! - it's my dream job and I often think about how lucky I am to be able to work for something I so strongly believe in. I've seen the veganism and compassion for animals grow so much over the years and on a daily basis hear from people who have decided to stop eating meat, eggs and dairy products.
I went vegan because…
At around age 8 I was horrified to realise I was eating animals. I refused to eat meat but my mum had other ideas and didn't accept it for around five years... I went vegan in 2005 after reading about Viva!'s Dark Side of Dairy campaign.
My favourite veg!
My favourite vegetable has to be the potato! They're so versatile and I eat them almost every day in one form or another - roasted, mashed, jacket, fried, as chips, crisps, hash browns, waffles etc, the list goes on! However there aren't any vegetables I don't like and I'm also a fan of carrots, broccoli, kale, green beans, peas and spinach.