Trustees’ Week 2016
The 7th – 13th of November is Trustees Week. Trustees’ Week 2016 celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee. Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Trustees play a vital role in making our charity sector so vibrant and strong.
Rebecca Bunce, Head of Policy and Engagement, Small Charities Coalition says that
“Small charities are the lifeblood of their communities. They face multiple challenges that can make it difficult to develop good governance. This is all the more reason to build and have good strategies in place. People become trustees because they are passionate about the cause, and we need to recognise, support and celebrate those who are upskilling themselves to ensure vital work in their communities continues and their charities thrive.”
At Deaf Direct, we are very proud of the excellent trustees. We have two boards; the Worcester Board, who oversee the work of Worcestershire and Herefordshire and the Oxford board who oversee the work done in Oxfordshire.
This year we have seen a number of changes on our Worcester board. Three trustees, including the Chair, Robin Caley, have stepped down from their roles on the board and taken up the newly created role of “Associate Trustee” to maintain their contact with Deaf Direct without the full responsibility and time commitment required as a board member. We also have gained three new trustees to the board and we are still looking for one more trustee to join our diverse team.