Writing histories of charities and organisations
Charities and companies often want to mark significant anniversaries, such as centenaries, with a publication about their history. One such charity is Independent Age which, in 2013, celebrated its 150th anniversary. I was commissioned to write the publication but not a traditional chronological history; instead, to reflect the fact that Independent Age is now a modern charity, it was to be based around the idea of '150 facts you didn't know about Independent Age' that would also work well as content for the website. Using the charity's fantastic archive of original sources, I combined my research, writing and editing skills to come up with 150 interesting facts about Independent Age during its long history. The result was a fascinating collection of mini stories that engaged the charity's supporters and staff, and the older people, families and carers they help.
'Michelle researched and wrote our 150th anniversary publication in collaboration with our editorial team. Her work was of a high standard, on time and to budget, and I would be happy to recommend her research, writing and editorial skills to anyone.'
Caroline Moye, Head of Marketing, Independent Age