A 32 year old man smiling

Sam – being a young trustee

Sam volunteers as a treasurer trustee for Home-Start Arun, Worthing and Adur – a family-focused charity that promotes the welfare of families, and offers parents the support they need to give their child the best start in life.

As an employee of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, Sam is experienced in voluntary sector work. However, he felt that volunteering for another organisation would teach him new skills and assist with his professional development. “Home-Start is very different to my ‘day job’ but gives me an alternative viewpoint of charities that rely heavily on volunteers and provide services directly to beneficiaries,” says Sam.

As a treasurer he studies operational reports and offers advice to the charity’s Executive Director, which could be related to funding, improving services, future opportunities, or risk planning. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic a budget meeting involving Sam brought about swift changes to fundraising priorities, which has resulted in Home-Start Arun, Worthing and Adur being in a much stronger financial position, allowing the Executive Director to focus on other matters.

“I have a real love of playing strategy games and whilst those aren’t real, this is! I enjoy the process: the thinking, the planning and then the execution of ideas that in the end make a difference to people’s lives. There are not many ways you can do this outside of being a trustee”.

“I always suffered from a lack of self-esteem and ‘Imposter Syndrome’. However, being a trustee has boosted my confidence. It’s an environment in which I can share my knowledge and witness a positive effect, which in turn gives me the confidence that I am good at what I do.”

For younger people considering a trustee role, Sam offers the following advice:

“Not many people my age (32) would even consider being a trustee. However, just because you lack the perceived experience of an elder, you have a viewpoint and a lived experience that means you can contribute something different, that will improve the quality of any Board. That should give you the confidence that your opinion is valid.”

“Not many people my age (32) would even consider being a trustee. However, just because you lack the perceived experience of an elder, you have a viewpoint and a lived experience that means you can contribute something different, that will improve the quality of any Board.”

“Not many people my age (32) would even consider being a trustee. However, just because you lack the perceived experience of an elder, you have a viewpoint and a lived experience that means you can contribute something different, that will improve the quality of any Board.”

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