Emmaus celebrates Trustees' Week
This Trustees' Week (7th-13th November), a companion at Emmaus Gloucester was elected onto its board of trustees to help the charity drive forward its work in Gloucester and highlight that people from all walks of life have the opportunity to get involved in changing people’s lives.
Richard, a companion at Emmaus Gloucestershire, had previously spent 10 months living street homeless in London, which left him feeling disconnected and abandoned by those around him. Since joining Emmaus, Richard has rebuilt his life and contributed a lot of his free time to developing the community at Emmaus Gloucester, resulting in his election to the board of trustees.
Trustees are hugely important to Emmaus. They volunteer their time and bring a wide variety of skills and experience to the organisation. With the support of Emmaus, Richard has turned his life around, and now plans to use his passion and experience in his new role as a trustee to continue giving the most vulnerable a voice and the support they need.
Richard said, “Trustee boards should be diverse; for me becoming a trustee isn’t about the working experiences you’ve had throughout life. Instead the only thing that truly matters is that your heart is in it. I’m honoured to have been nominated by my peers; if you had told me five years ago when I was at my loneliest and most desperate, that I’d be sat here now as a trustee I’d have laughed. If Emmaus had given up on me – as wider society had - then I truly don’t know if I would be sat here today.”
Trustees’ Week 2016 celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee. This year Trustees’ Week is focused on good governance and the skills needed to make trustees effective leaders.
Simon Grainge, Chief Executive of Emmaus UK said: “Trustees are vital to the work of Emmaus. Without their support, scrutiny and challenge we would not be able to operate effectively. The role of a trustee can be demanding but ultimately very rewarding; I take my hat off to those who rise to the challenge. I’m delighted to see that Richard has become a trustee; I hope that it encourages others to get involved and make a difference.”