Thursday, 13 November 2014

One in a Million

Hundreds of events will be taking place this week as charities use Trustees’ Week as a time to thank the one million trustees across England and Wales for their time and dedication.

There are 269 voluntary organisations in Wokingham that all rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of around 1,600 trustees in order to support their beneficiaries.

Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham says," I have been a trustee of two children's charities for many years.

One distributes around £250,000 a year and the other about £100,000. I know the excellent work that these charities do is appreciated by the many recipients of our donations. These are generally children's hospices and organisations that do such good work for children such as Whizz Kids and Medic Malawi. We have built a small Orphanage in Malawi to help children who have been orphaned by aids and endowed it with enough money to run for three years and paid for over 30 bikes for Whizz Kids".

Trustees are the people ultimately in charge of a charity. They make decisions that help charities achieve their aims and change their beneficiaries’ lives.

I would like to encourage more people to become trustees, as many voluntary organisations find it difficult to recruit new trustees. As many as one in five charities are looking for a new trustee.

Being a trustee allows you not only to make a difference to the lives of others, but to learn new skills, meet different people, and develop your career. Voluntary organisations are always looking for a range of skills and different backgrounds on their boards, as well as more young people. You can find out more about trustee vacancies in your local area through NCVO’s Trustee Bank, Charity Job and Do It.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:
“Trustees’ Week is a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate trustees and the valuable contribution they make to our society. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity's work. Good governance is at the very heart of an effective charity.”
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