Trustee Week - Three reasons why I'm a Trustee

Last week I learnt that this week, 7 - 13 November 2016 is Trustee Week, something I had never heard of before. A quick Google search revealed to me that it is part of a campaign to encourage others to take up trusteeship.

This set me to thinking 'Why am I a trustee?', so here it goes, these are just three of my many reasons; I'm a trustee because...

1. I can do it

There are many things I can't do like play the guitar, plaster a wall, fix broken burglar alarms, drive a bus etc. I can, however, sing country songs (but my wife won't let me), and I can be a trustee.

For some strange reason reading 80 page reports, attending meetings and ploughing through columns of baffling numbers doesn't seem to bother me, (confession point here, there are others on the team better at looking at the numbers than me!) I hear it bothers others, which I don't understand, but I'm happy to do it.

2. It gives me an interest outside of the organisation I work for

I have had to work for many organisations over the years; some good, many bad, and to be part of something that is successful and works like The Matthew Project does is immensely satisfying.

Plus, being part of an organisation that makes a difference in people's lives is a helpful thing to do too.


3. I learn so much

I'm convinced that many of the solutions to problems I've gathered from the different CEOs and other trustees over the years have served well in other areas of my life outside The Matthew Project. Their knowledge and experience is something I've more than happy to 'steal with pride' because it works and it was free. In fact, I've probably saved thousands of pounds not having to pay for expensive consultants!

If you're not one already, seriously consider becoming a trustee yourself, with the right approach and attitude I'm certain most people can do it.

There are many organisations out there that would benefit greatly from your involvement, and I can guarantee that you would benefit too.


Stephen Lock, Chair of Trustees

  • A telephone helpline for everyone within Norfolk & Suffolk who need support or have questions on drugs and alcohol.
  • Dynamic education so young people understand the risks of drugs and alcohol.
  • Free, confidential help.
  • Honest, accurate and appropriate information.
  • Support for parents and families of drug or alcohol users.

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