Being a TimeBank trustee has been a life-changing experienceCathy Tyler
I was inspired to become a TimeBank trustee as I had recently left a charity role and moved back into the private sector. I didn’t want to lose touch with the magnificent work undertaken across the not for profit sector. And having completed an MSc in Charity Marketing and Fundraising I wanted to be able to continue to utilise my learning.
Researching TimeBank’s work in my preparation for applying for the role, I quickly empathised with its mission and values. I have now been a trustee at TimeBank since 2015 and during that time empathy has turned into passion.
What do I get out of it?
Being a trustee at TimeBank inspires me to keep living life brightly and full of positivity. It’s a truly life changing experience and I hope I can continue to be involved with TimeBank in one way or another for the rest of my life. It ensures that I have to push the boundaries, be involved in situations outside of my comfort zone and be positive and confident at times when my life has been fraught with challenges and difficulties.
What does it entail?
The role of the trustee is to ensure TimeBank has a clear strategy and that its work and goals are in line with its vision, making sure the needs of the beneficiaries are always put first. Trustees are the bastion of the charity’s assets – both physical assets, and intangible ones, such as its reputation. TimeBank’s trustees, staff and volunteers are an amazing group of people who share a common goal and shared purpose. As a very cohesive group, in the face of funding challenges, the trustees supported the CEO and staff to ride the storm, move forward and in due course celebrate triumphs.
The most important commitment a trustee has to give is time and a real understanding of TimeBank’s work. The time element is not onerous – four Board meetings a year, which are always effectively managed and fun to be involved in. There are other exciting opportunities such as away days, interviewing, sub committees and events like the recent launch of the impact report at the House of Commons.
What difference you can make as a trustee
The difference you can make as a TimeBank trustee is for me the most satisfying part of all. Being involved in an organisation that enables an outstanding volunteering experience by utilising people’s skills to tackle social problems teaches you things about yourself that you probably never knew. Knowing that I have been part of enabling that impact, is priceless.
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