"It’s empowering to know that I can use my skills for the benefit of the school, my son and other children like him.”
Sarah is a Trustee with the Parent Teacher Association at the Mendip School for children with autism and speech language and communication needs. She has worked and volunteered in charity fundraising for the last 20 years and is passionate about supporting her local community. Here, she explains what motivated her to become a Trustee and how she benefits.
“I have a personal connection to the school as my son attends as a pupil. The PTA were looking for someone with a fundraising background and as I’ve often considered becoming a Trustee, I felt this was a good fit for me.
“As a parent of a child with disabilities, you can feel disarmed and unable to affect change. It’s empowering to know that I can use my skills for the benefit of the school, my son and other children like him.
“I get a real sense of pride from working with a group of people who are dedicated and want to make a difference.”
“I was quite hesitant to begin with. I think a lot of people might be put off by the perceived time commitment, but my role is quite flexible. I attend three meetings a year, an AGM, and am available via WhatsApp, which only amounts to a small amount of time each month. We aim to keep the time commitment minimal as many of our Trustees are parents with busy schedules.
“If you are thinking of becoming a Trustee, look for a particular cause that is close to your heart, maybe a charity that has helped you or loved one, or an organisation you have supported before.
“I would encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to consider trusteeship as they can bring new energy and ideas and promote the longevity of an organisation. It’s particularly beneficial for young people as it demonstrates a level of responsibility and commitment to potential employers.”
Chair of trustees Kate Smedley, said: “All charities need trustees to make sure everything is being done properly, but great trustees go beyond that. Sarah uses her professional skills and local knowledge to help to ensure that our charity is well-supported and well-funded.”
To find out more about becoming a Trustee in Somerset, please click the link below.