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Joan Ryan supports the National Council of Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) ‘One in a Million’ campaign


Joan Ryan is pleased to support the NCVO’s ‘One in a Million’ campaign for Trustees’ Week, which begins on Monday 10th November.

Trustees’ Week is a time to thank the one million trustees across England and Wales for their time and dedication to the work of charities and the voluntary sector.

There are 135 voluntary organisations in the constituency of Enfield North that all rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of around 700 trustees in order to support their beneficiaries. Borough wide, there are over 650 voluntary organisations on Enfield Council’s voluntary sector team database. These figures underline the important role such groups have to play in the life of Enfield’s community.

Trustees are the people ultimately in charge of a charity. They make decisions that help charities achieve their aims and change their beneficiaries’ lives. However, many voluntary organisations find it difficult to recruit new trustees and as many as one in five charities are looking for a new trustee.

Enfield residents can consider becoming trustees through the NCVO’s Trustee Bank (http://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/governance/trustee-bank)   and can volunteer for community and voluntary organisations in Enfield via Enfield Voluntary Action (http://www.enfieldva.org.uk/).

Joan Ryan, Labour’s Candidate for Enfield North, says:

“It is really important to celebrate the vital work voluntary organisations and their trustees do for their local communities, including in Enfield.

I had a wonderful time being Chair and a trustee of the international charity, Riders for Health, as it allowed me to be part of an organisation that made a real difference to the lives of others and helped me to learn new skills, and meet new people.

Voluntary and community organisations in Enfield are always looking for people to become trustees – I couldn’t recommend the experience enough.” 

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