Trustees Week takes place from 2nd-6th November. It’s a week that highlights the valuable role charity trustees undertake. We speak to three of Carer Support Wiltshire’s newest trustees about their role and the benefits of being a trustee.

Frank Edwards

Why did you become a trustee with CSW?

I moved to Calne in December 2019 and joined the CSW Board in May 2020. I am a qualified accountant with experience of working with smaller charities and social enterprises.

I approached CSW because I wanted to become involved in a charity mostly operating in the region I lived. From my research I felt that CSW had worthwhile aims and objectives and were supporting unpaid carers, who can go under the radar.

How have you found being a trustee?

Unfortunately, because of Covid I have only met most trustees and staff via video. Despite the restrictions, I have had excellent thorough background briefings and have been involved in the development of the strategic plan. Overall, my experience as a trustee with CSW has been very positive and rewarding. I feel that I have been able to contribute to the charity.

Donna Moore

Why did you become a trustee with CSW?

I’ve volunteered with a number of organisations since I was 18 and have always enjoyed giving back. Carer Support Wiltshire seemed like the perfect opportunity to share my commercial marketing background, particularly strategy and digital, within an organisation that I had a personal connection with. I was a young carer myself between the ages of 11-15. My father had a terminal brain tumour and between myself and mother we were primary carers with little external support, even at the more acute end of his illness.

What’s it like?

It’s better than I imagined! I’ve worked alongside some of the team members within the CSW Comms department and had a real opportunity to see the charity in action, learned more than I anticipated in a very short period of time about the third sector and participated in fabulous virtual strategy sessions and board meetings along the way. It’s an opportunity for skills development and personal growth while knowing that you’re contributing towards something that can really make a difference.

Ian Baldwin

Why did you become a trustee with CSW?

I started as a Trustee for CSW in May 20, it is my first Trusteeship after doing lots of community based roles such as Radio Presenter, School Governor and as a cycling ambassador for British Cycling. After a serious cycling accident last year I found I had more time on my hands and began to consider how I could give something back. As a Mental Health First Aider I also recognise the benefits of volunteering and the positive effect on mental health in terms of enhancing life satisfaction and wellbeing.

What’s it like?

I joined CSW at the height of the COVID 19 lock down and have been impressed by the charity’s ability to adopt new practices, particularly in the digital domain. I have worked in ICT and project management for over 20 years  and since joining CSW have come to realise I can offer some useful advice and guidance. I am keen to help build on the new ways of working forced upon us by COVID and move the charity forward in terms of exploiting digital opportunities. However, I am also conscious that many of the people we support are digitally excluded and that needs to be factored into CSWs future digital plans.