Solihull’s charities and community organisations are running short of trustees and board members.
Explains Dave Pinwell of Solihull Sustain, who helps recruit volunteers for such roles: “This year has seen a surge in requests for help to recruit new board and management committee members. In fact, there have been six in the past fortnight. Charities which are looking for Trustees include Elizabeth House, a residential care facility for the elderly, ReCOM, which helps with digital inclusion, and Shopmobility, which everyone knows, of course.”
A wide variety of professional and managerial skills and experience are being sought, especially secretarial, financial, health and social care and marketing, but overall a passion and enthusiasm to help others along life’s journey. The time commitment can be as little as a few hours a month or as much as about a day a week, depending on the role and the time a person has to give.
Eileen Ward, one of the existing Trustees at Elizabeth House, says: “Being a Trustee is extremely rewarding. Our Board Members get to meet some really interesting older people, who have fascinating stories to tell, and they have the satisfaction of knowing that what they offer is both valuable and pleasurable.”
Adds Dave Pinwell: “Participating on a charity board can suit a wide range of people, from folk who have retired from paid employment and looking for a fresh challenge to mothers looking for an interest whilst the children are at school to those setting out on a career and looking for some useful experience in their chosen field.”
Anyone who thinks they might be interested can ring Dave on 0121 711 3148 or email email@example.com to find out more and hear about the various vacancies that our local charities and community organisations are trying to fill.