Young people encouraged to become leaders of Oxford charities

Published: Monday, 13th November 2017

Young people in Oxford are being encouraged to give their time and take leadership roles at local charities.

This week (13-17 November) is Trustees’ Week, an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do, and the difference they make at charities.

Trustees, who volunteer their time, are the people in charge of charities. Often working alongside directors, trustees help steer the future direction of charities.

But of the 950,000 trustees in Britain, two-thirds are aged 50 or over. The average age of a trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old.

Now existing trustees in Oxford are calling for more young people to become trustees – to bring new energy and experience to local organisations.

Becoming a trustee can also benefit the individual: it helps them develop new skills, gain leadership experience, strengthen their CV, and provide future employment opportunities.

Throughout Trustees’ Week, Oxford City Council will be supporting the campaign by sharing, on social media, messages from existing trustees to encourage more young people to give their time.

For more information, and to become a trustee in Oxford, please visit: www.oxford.gov.uk/volunteering.

Hannah MacDairmid, 28, Trustee at VIP+, said: “I work with other VIP+ trustees to support the work of the charity, which provides positive activities to children in the care system, in alternative education and at the hospital school.

“For those people who have volunteered for a while, becoming a trustee is a great opportunity to bring that experience to a charity board and help inform the direction and work of the organisation.”

Emma Anderson, 23, Trustee at The Yellow Submarine, said: “I help support the directors to ensure the charity effectively supports people with learning disabilities and autism in Oxfordshire.

“I have found being a trustee really interesting and an incredible personal development opportunity. It is really interesting to see how they do things differently and what we can learn from them and what learning I can share with them too.”

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Executive Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “Charities and their trustees are already doing incredible work to support local communities in Oxford, but I think that can be improved further with the new ideas and energy that young people can bring.”