Charity Seeks Professional Expertise

Published 16 November 2016

Professionals in Derbyshire are being encouraged to broaden their experience by considering becoming a charity trustee.

Sight Support Derbyshire, which works to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired children and adults throughout the county, is seeking new candidates to help ensure that the charity is being run effectively and efficiently.

Trustees are volunteers who are required to attend six two-hour meetings a year. They are also asked to contribute to areas where they have particular expertise, and are encouraged to take part in some of Sight Support Derbyshire’s fundraising activities and events for volunteers.

Claire Winfield, Sight Support Derbyshire’s Chief Executive, said: “We always welcome new trustees from all walks of life, but currently we would particularly welcome interest from professionals with a background in legal work, marketing, IT and fundraising.

“It’s a responsible role which goes far beyond attending six meetings a year, and we recognise that it is demanding. But just as the voluntary sector can benefit hugely from the experience of people who’ve worked in the private or public sectors, then becoming a trustee also provides the opportunity to build your own skills and knowledge. It’s also a chance to contribute to the wellbeing of the community.”

Martin Wilson, Chair of Trustees at Sight Support Derbyshire said: “There’s no doubt that using your skills to help a charity is extremely rewarding and satisfying. It also broadens your personal and professional experience because you appreciate how other sectors need and use those kinds of skills. In addition you gain a good insight into seeing how a charity is run, and the role of volunteers and fundraising in supporting the day-to-day work.”

Claire Winfield added: “The recruitment process involves an informal visit or meeting to find out about our work, completing a short application, including providing two referees,and attending a board meeting on a trial basis. It is an involved process but we want to ensure that the charity is right for the trustee, and the trustee is right for the charity.”

Anyone interested in becoming a trustee can contact Sight Support Derbyshire on 01332 292262 or email


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