Why did you become a trustee?
To support the organisations who's aims and objectives I really believe in and to make a difference to the community in which I live.
What does being a trustee mean to you?
Having a personal stake in the things that happen around me, and taking responsibility for creating change.
Tell us about the good bits, and the not so good bits of being a trustee.
It's great when things come together, when I get positive feedback from a group or individual that the organisation I support has made a real difference in their lives, or that a project has been a great success. It's not so great at 8pm on a Thursday evening when I'm already tried and have to go to a meeting for the next 3 hours. It's also a bit of a challenge working with individuals that I don't have the same vision as, but that's about compromise and tolerance. Also, it always seems to be the same people, a small percentage of the community, spread out over every group, which is less sustainable as people often burn out from too many commitments.
What would you say to someone thinking about being a trustee?
Make sure you pick the organisation that is right for you. Make sure you have the time and energy to commit and makes sure you're not just a Trustee in name, that you are active and involved.
Can you tell us three words that you think of when you hear the word 'trustee'?
Involved. Community. Busy.
Thanks for sharing your experiences Ben.
Thinking about becoming a trustee? Wondering what it involves? Go to http://www.pavo.org.uk/help-for-trustees.html for more information. Fancy a chat about being a trustee? Give us a ring on 01597 822191.