Connecting volunteer trustees in Lewisham
Our annual trustees’ week event was a little different this year. Knowing that many of our member organisations struggle to maintain a diverse and skilled group of trustees we decided to focus on trustee recruitment as the theme. Working with our partners from Volunteer Centre Lewisham and Lewisham Local we co-hosted a trustee recruitment information and networking event at the cheerful Good Hope Café at PLACE Ladywell.
It was heartwarming to see so many people come along who were interested in supporting local charities and eager to take on the challenges as well as the rewards of becoming a trustee. Equally, trustees of existing organisations were happy to share their knowledge and experience and to explain what being a trustee meant to them.
One of them summed it up by saying that despite all the bad things happening in the world around us, being a trustee had enabled her to create something good. She valued working as part of a team of trustees because it allowed her to have a far greater impact than she could have achieved on her own.
Trustees Week aside, small local charities are rarely in the headlines, but they continue to do vital work on a shoestring budget. They need people who can share their skills particularly in areas such as finance, strategic planning, HR, marketing and of course fundraising.
Our newly appointed Community Development Worker for Volunteering, Aparna Sapre, will be delighted to hear from anyone interested in becoming a charity trustee. Contact her by email firstname.lastname@example.org
And support on governance for trustee boards is available from Chris Wykes Driver, one of our Specialist Advisers. Contact by email email@example.com