What it Means to be a Trustee
Having qualified as a Registered General Nurse then as a Midwife, I have spent my working life caring for people of all ages and with all kinds of needs. As a volunteer for British Red Cross I met many more people at challenging times in their lives, needing support and care.
The Work of Trustees
It was at Red Cross that I first saw the work of Trustees and how their work supported and managed that very large organisation. I decided that I would like to be involved at that level of volunteering and support but, wanted to give my time to an organisation that was more local to me and my community. Fate decreed that at that time Sunderland Counselling Service was advertising for applicants to be their Trustees, I applied and was successful.
I see Trusteeship as being responsible to all staff, volunteers and users of our services, which is, managing their health, safety and welfare; ensuring the managing of resources by understanding the financial implication of every decision we make. And for the Trustees to work collectively as a group. No one Trustee can make a decision alone. As a Trustee, you may not agree with the decision but, we accept the majority vote.