Local MP Dame Nia Griffith has praised the achievements of the 843 charity trustees in Llanelli and is encouraging others to consider volunteering their time in the local area by becoming a trustee themselves.
There are 166 charities registered in Llanelli, as well as many others operating across the local area. These are all run by trustees, most of whom are volunteers, and who take responsibility for the charity’s crucial work. Without the hard work and dedication of trustees, charities would not be able to provide vital support to the local community.
Dame Nia, who herself volunteers as a trustee with the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust and the Llanelli Sea Cadets said:
“Sometimes being a charity trustee can involve a great deal of time, energy and commitment but, in my experience, it is certainly well worth doing if you can. It is an ideal chance to contribute to life in the wider community and help local charities and organisations with their vital and valuable work.
So many people in Llanelli have come forward to fill these types of roles and, without them doing so, many groups would not be able to function or flourish. We all owe those who act as trustees across Llanelli a massive thank you for everything they do.”
The MP’s comments come as part of Trustees’ Week, running from 6-10 November 2023, which celebrates the important work of the nearly one million trustees across the UK. The week offers an opportunity to share experiences, as well as engage in a range of training and events to help develop essential trustee skills.
The theme of this year’s Trustees’ Week is ‘Many voices. Working together. With purpose’.
Celebrating the individual talents, viewpoints and experiences that trustees bring to their boards, and how a diverse collective of people can help make a charity stronger and achieve its purpose. The campaign also encourages more people to consider what they may be able to give to trusteeship and what they may gain in return.
Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said:
“People from all walks of life serve their community as trustees of local charities in Llanelli. Many of you are volunteers, giving your time and energy to help people, and I extend the Charity Commission’s thanks to you all. Being a trustee is a fantastic way to give something back to your community as well as gain personal fulfilment alongside leadership experience. I encourage others to consider getting involved in this way.”
To learn more about Trustees’ Week and trusteeship, visit www.trusteesweek.org.