Did you know that there are 149 voluntary organisations in Leeds North West alone – and that they all rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of about 900 trustees in order to support their beneficiaries?IMG_2505 copy

Today marks the beginning of Trustees’ Week. Hundreds of events will be taking place this week as charities use the opportunity to thank the one million trustees across England and Wales for their time and dedication.

Trustees are the people who are ultimately in charge of a charity. They make decisions that help charities achieve their aims and change their beneficiaries’ lives.

Quite simply, without Trustees, charities could not exist.

This week is also a time to encourage more people to become trustees, as many voluntary organisations find it difficult to recruit new trustees. As many as one in five charities are looking for a new trustee.

Alex Sobel is a Trustee – of the Cardigan Centre Headingley. But his own job in the voluntary sector also makes him very aware of the excellent and all-important work trustees do.

‘As somebody who works in the voluntary sector, I really appreciate what trustees do. My job means that I work to a voluntary board of trustees, and I am extremely grateful for the time they give up to support me and my colleagues, as well as the wider community. I’m impressed, but not surprised, that we have so many trustees here in Leeds North West – all of them giving so freely of their time. I myself am a trustee of the Cardigan Centre in Headingley. In that role I get a opportunities to contribute in areas I don’t deal with on a day to day basis. And I know at first hand that it’s great to be able to share my knowledge and experience with such a worthwhile organisation.’

Being a trustee allows you not only to make a difference to the lives of others, but to learn new skills, meet different people, and develop your career.

Voluntary organisations are always looking for a range of skills and different backgrounds on their boards, as well as more young people.

You can find out more about trustee vacancies in your local area through NCVO’s Trustee Bank, Charity Job and Do It.

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