Tori, Trustee & vice-chair of Bucks Mind

“Although the time commitment can be a challenge, if you’re passionate about something, you can help an organisation deliver real benefits and that’s amazing.”

What do you do as a trustee? – I’m involved in the governance of the charity; it’s mainly strategic level involvement but as it’s a small charity there is some hands-on support too.

Why did you want to volunteer? –  My background is in marketing and fundraising so I thought I had some relevant skills to offer. I already had a connection with Bucks Mind and thought they’d be a good fit; initially I thought I’d just give them time and professional advice when they needed it, I hadn’t realised they were so desperate for trustees!

What are the best bits of being a trustee? – Seeing the difference that Bucks Mind makes. I can see the services in action and, via reports at board meetings, see the genuine difference we are making to people’s lives.

What are the challenging bits? – I have a full-time job which is quite demanding so it can be hard to find the time, but the charity is very well run and incredibly supportive of all its volunteers.

What do you think you gain from volunteering, either personally or professionally? – It’s rewarding to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and get experience of working at board level in a small organisation where the challenges are very different to those I see in my work.

Would you recommend being a trustee? –  Definitely. Without a doubt you get more from it than you put in. Although the time commitment can be a challenge, if you’re passionate about something, you can help an organisation deliver real benefits and that’s amazing.

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