Local MP, Dame Caroline Dinenage, has praised the work of charity trustees in Gosport and is encouraging others to consider volunteering. Her comments came as part of Trustees’ Week, which celebrates the important work of volunteers across the country and offers a range of training and events to help develop their skills.
There are 164 charities registered in Gosport, as well as many others that are operating across the local area. They are all run by trustees, most of whom are volunteers, and who take responsibility for the charity’s crucial work. Without their hard work and dedication, charities would not be able to provide vital support to local communities.
The week is running from 7th to 11th November and provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the 700,000 trustees across England and Wales. The theme of this year is ‘making a difference in changing times’ – recognising that their positive impact is now as important as ever. The week offers the opportunity for trustees to share their experiences and develop their skills through a wide range of events, training and guidance.
The campaign also encourages more people to consider trusteeship. The Charity Commission says that younger people, women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds are underrepresented on charity boards and that charities may therefore be losing out on their skills, talents, experiences and perspectives.
Dame Caroline Dinenage MP said:
“I have been privileged to visit many outstanding charities across our area who work across a whole range of different issues. From Gosport Voluntary Action to Oarsome Chance and GAFIRS to Citizens Advice. They all rely on the dedication of volunteer trustees. I want to thank all those who give up their time, it is a fantastic way to support our community.”
Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said:
“Trustees play a vital role in every community and across society. I’d like to extend the Charity Commission’s thanks to the trustees of Gosport and encourage others in the area to consider taking up the role. Trusteeship is hugely valuable service, and it also brings great rewards for the individual, not least in terms of personal fulfilment and the leadership experience that trusteeship offers. During these challenging times we need more people from all walks of life to come forward and serve as trustees.”