I’ve been volunteering for a community group for 5 year and in the last 2 years, I have taken on the role as a Secretary.
My volunteering journey began when I was 18 and really didn’t think I would still be a part of the group today. When 2017’s AGM came along, the opportunity of being a trustee came up and I decided to go for it! Since then, my role has changed slightly and I am the secretary for the group.
My duties for this role include:
- taking notes at AGMs and monthly meetings,
- typing them up and distributing to all members;
- recruiting more volunteers;
- planning and organising events and corresponding with external contacts and businesses;
- the responsibility for the social media accounts,
- website and email inboxes and the completion of the groups constitution.
I find a lot of positives in being a trustee. I use it as a talking point in interviews and I added it to my CV. I believe that by adding my position as secretary influenced my current employer to hire me.
There are also challenges with undertaking a trustee role. There is a lot of responsibility because you become a decision maker – along with other trustees. But it is all worth it because it has improved my confidence massively and I have accrued assertiveness within this role, something that I apply to both my personal and private life.
My advice to people interested in becoming a trustee is:
- Ensure that you feel that the charity/community group has values that you believe in.
- Ensuring that you feel proud of the group and
- Ensure you have the free time to dedicate to the group’s work
And all of this will allow you to be a good trustee.