Why are you a Trustee?
Ever since moving to London nine years ago I have always been involved in volunteering and it has been a great way to get to know the city and the people who live here. I started out mentoring refugees and have mentored lots of young people over the years too. Four years ago I became a trustee for an international development charity but when I moved to West Norwood two years ago I was keen to do something to support my local community. Rathbone seemed an obvious choice for three reasons; they are a London Youth member, they are based five minutes walk away and they deliver brilliant and inclusive youth work in the area.
What do you enjoy about it?
Being a trustee is a great way to apply your professional skills in a brand new context and setting. I have learnt loads from being a Trustee and hopefully managed to contribute a bit along the way too. Personally I have found it nice to do something really local as I regularly walk past Rathbone and see the staff and service users which really helps me feel connected to the local community. There are lots of brilliant community youth clubs all over London and in almost every community so chances are there is one a short walk away from most people.
Any advice for others considering becoming a trustee?
Being a Trustee can be a big commitment of time and energy so really make sure you are committed to it and the work of the charity you are supporting. Its well worth doing your research before you take on the role and many boards have a settling in period where you can shadow meetings before you commit. Its also important to get a strong sense of what the senior team want from their trustees and that fits with what you have and want to offer.