Jan Wing is a trustee for a lot of different organisations, as well as being a Chair for CVS Broxbourne and East Herts. She tells #TeamHerts Volunteering how she juggles all her separate roles for Trustees' Week.
Where are you a trustee for and for how long have you been doing it?
I am a trustee of the Community Voluntary Service for Broxbourne and East Herts (10 years), Wodson Park Trust (5 years), Ware Arts Centre Ltd which operates as Southern Maltings (2 years) and Ware U3A, University of the Third Age (4 years). I am also a Governor of Hertford Regional College (16 years).
How did you get in to trusteeship and what do you do?
In general I was recruited for the roles i.e. approached or invited, or had been involved in a minor way for many years.
What do you enjoy about your trustee role, and how does it benefit you?
I want to make a difference in my local community and since retiring needed a way to use the skills I had built in my working life, to benefit the organisations which I felt made a difference. I get a great deal of satisfaction in the work I do. I have a purpose and enjoy being in touch with what is going on in my community and telling others about it.
What difference are you making by being a trustee?
I contribute my knowledge of the voluntary sector and local government alongside my career experiences. During my career, I understood the value of networks in a business, the voluntary sector is much the same and needs to be applying those same means to survive in the current climate. The charities I am involved in are all different sizes and in varied stages in their development e.g. Wodson Park has been operating for over 30 years with a Chief Executive and staffing. Southern Maltings is a new venture with a major project to develop an Arts for All Centre running completely by volunteers at the moment offering pop-up events such as live music, drama, craft, rehearsal space, art exhibitions and local community events. We are also undertaking some building works, partly undertaken by volunteers. In my roles, I do varied tasks from making the tea to major strategic planning and fundraising. During my time as Chairman of the CVSBEH, I have seen the organisation grow, funding streams disappear to be replaced with different ways of working and earning income.
If someone was interested in finding out more about the organisations you volunteer for how could they get in touch?
In the first instance I would suggest looking at the websites of the organisation to get an overview of what they do, then get in touch with me for a more personal view and perhaps explore what they might offer. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.