We asked Bryn Hamer, Chair of One Walsall, to answer a few questions on his experience of being a trustee.
How much time does volunteering as a trustee take?
I probably spend 1 to 2 hours a week and then on top there are the Board meetings, ad-hoc events and catch ups with Alex. I want and would like to do more.
Why be a trustee?
For me, it’s about using what skills I have developed over the years in business to help the volunteer sector. I’m not good at lots of thing,s unlike the wonderful volunteers, so for me it’s about what I can do to ‘help the helpers’.
What have been the unexpected joys of being a trustee?
I think it’s when you realise that you are helping create a support network and organisation that takes away some of the hassle from the great volunteers, and the work they do. Also, it’s about recognising their hard work and the recent Walsall Volunteer Awards was a great example of this.
What advice would you give to others thinking of becoming a trustee?
Do it! Yes life is busy but by doing a little bit for others you gain so much. Also I really would like to see more diversity on the One Walsall trustees board. Walsall has such a rich and diverse culture, it would be great to reflect that.