Trustees Week 2018: Celebrating Diversity in Trustees
What are Trustees?
Trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact people in their community or society as a whole. Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board so being a trustee is a great way to learn.
Volunteering as a Trustee is a rewarding role but one that most volunteers don't tend to consider. However your experience could make a lasting impact on the charity, for example your social media skills could help a charity keep up in the digital age; or you may be able to bring a different viewpoint to represent a certain part of the community and ensure that all members of the community are heard.
Damien Reynolds, Trustee of Support for Survivors says to anyone wondering whether to be a trustee:
"Do it! Aside from the fact it adds to your professional experience and will broaden the skill-set you have, it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do.
I’m incredibly proud to be part of a movement that makes such a difference to the service users we support, and their ability to lead happy fulfilled lives.
Having felt somewhat unfulfilled as part of a career within the corporate world, becoming a Trustee is something I will always be thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to act as."
You can read Damiens full interview on the official Trustees Week website.