A different approach to professional development

A Nottingham domestic abuse charity is inviting women to get involved in its work by becoming a trustee.

And, it says, doing so can help develop new skills and experience, extend networks and friendship circles, all while giving back to the community.

Established in 2001, Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) helps women living in the Borough of Broxtowe who are experiencing domestic abuse. It provides a confidential helpline, outreach service, training courses and drop-in sessions, all aimed at empowering women and helping them survive domestic abuse.

With the organisation going from strength to strength, it is keen to attract new trustees to bring their experiences together to lead on and help deliver its strategic plan.

“I cannot recommend it highly enough,” says 34-year-old mum-of-two Michelle (pictured), who is already a trustee with BWP.

Trustee Michelle Taft

“It means I get to work with a team from many different backgrounds and walks of life who are all passionate about making a difference, and from whom I can learn a tremendous amount professionally.

“It’s a great feeling to know I am helping to make a significant lasting difference to the lives of women and children in Broxtowe who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic abuse.”

There is no typical trustee – the BWP board currently includes young professionals, part-time employees, a paediatrician, and Chief Executive Officers. The one thing they do have in common is they can now say they have experience of leading an organisation at board level, which is invaluable when it comes to professional development.

Trustees are required to attend monthly Board meetings and any sub-committees they are part of, which are usually held in the evenings and occasionally during the day. The roles are unpaid, but out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a trustee with BWP, please contact Business and Fundraising Manager Sarah Dagley for an informal discussion on 01773 718555.