Being a Trustee for BWP

My Trustee journey for Broxtowe Women’s Project has been one full of energy, enthusiasm and opportunities.

I discovered the organisation whilst browsing through other volunteering opportunities on the Just Do-It website. I knew when searching for something to get involved in that I had very specific outcomes I wanted to achieve; for my volunteer time to make a difference, for it to be able to fit around a full-time job, and to be around inspiring people who helped push me out of my comfort zone.

As soon as I saw the Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) opportunity, I knew that it was the perfect fit, and a cause which is vital to its local community.

After making contact with BWP via email, an informal meeting over coffee was set up with another trustee, where I had the chance to ask questions and explain what skills and time I had to offer to the charity.

It was great to be able to shape my trustee role around my professional skills and interests, in particular my love of branding and marketing. Since becoming a trustee I am now a member of the newly established marketing and communications working party, which meets monthly to look at the newsletter, press engagements and our social media activity.

I’ve been a trustee for just over a year, and that year has been full of opportunities in which to get involved. The biggest and most rewarding was running my first half marathon to raise over £1,000 for BWP with some of my fellow trustees and members of the BWP team.

When embarking on my volunteer journey I never would have guessed it would lead to my first ever running achievement, but I’m so grateful that it did, as I’ve discovered a new passion which has led to several charity runs since.

Being a trustee for the first time seemed like quite a daunting task before I joined BWP. I was worried that I may not have enough experiences or relevant connections to fully support the organisation. However, I’ve been able to bring fresh ideas to the group and really developed my knowledge and understanding in governance, which has in turn helped me in my career.

It’s also led to meeting some wonderful people, and a sense of fulfilment knowing that what we do really does support those dealing with domestic abuse.

I’d thoroughly recommend anyone reading this and considering becoming a trustee to get in touch. All you need is some time and a desire to make a difference and we’d love to welcome you to the team.

Sarah Hartshorne