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Reflections from the chair – being a trustee

Chair of Trustees Selina Graham DL is no stranger to volunteering and has experience being a trustee of many different organisations. As part of Trustees’ Week earlier this month, the VCSA asked Selina to reflect on her positive experiences during her many years of volunteering.

Being a trustee

I have been a trustee of many organisations and charities – schools, almshouses, historic buildings, day care, sheltered housing, wildlife, first aid and riding for the disabled, changing lives through horse related programmes at the Cavalier Centre.  It is not because I am indecisive – there are just too many good causes, but if there is one constant – one common highlight, it is people.


It’s all about the people

The people you work with and the people you work to benefit.  I have met and been inspired by so many extraordinarily kind, generous, supportive people who give their time for free to support others, to provide that safe infrastructure in the background that years of combined knowledge and experience brings to a board.


I have learned so much and made amazing friendships, built on trust and respect.  It is all about working together and making a difference.  I keep being reminded of the Mother Theresa quote “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, together we can do great things” and that just sums up what being a trustee has meant for me.


The Shropshire Community Foundation

I absolutely love the opportunities for collaboration and partnership – my current role as a trustee of the new Shropshire Community Foundation “connecting people who care with causes that matter” is giving more scope for that than ever before.  The more you do, the more you want to do, and the more you do together the more you are able to achieve!


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