One of my lesser known pleasures is being a trustee. Most of my career has been in the Third Sector, from volunteering and working in Citizen’s Advice Pembrokeshire to Tenovus Cancer Care. I love the impact of the Third Sector. Helping those in need is a noble cause but it takes a lot of management to do it properly. Being a Third Sector worker has shaped who I am today.
Although career has taken over and I can’t volunteer as much as I used to I have never left the sector. I have been a trustee for Community Music Wales and I’m now a sitting trustee with Tanio Cymru based in the County Borough of Bridgend. Being a trustee is different to being a hands on volunteer or worker with a charity as you don’t deal with the day to day running of the organisation. Giving myself time to help in some small way promote the arts and in my view, mental health by proxy, is good for my mental health.
During a restructure of Tanio it has been great to see more of the inner workings of the charity and the transformation to the organisation overseen by the CEO, who has been responsible for recruiting the team in place now.
It’s been a really exciting time at Tanio and now with COVID out of the way and a full team in place I am really excited for the future of the organisation and primarily the residents of the County Borough of Bridgend. There are artistic opportunities for all ages, events for the community to come together, and increasing knowledge of nature, surroundings and mental health, even if not the primary driver.
I’m excited by the increased use of Social Prescribing as an alternative or supplement to traditional medication and it is predominantly the Third Sector that are providing these opportunities for the Health Boards to fall into. Being part of Choirs For Good and leading Choirs For Good Haverfordwest is my most obvious way to give back at the moment. Leading a choir every Tuesday evening is one of my great joys.
If there’s a cause that you feel strongly about supporting, do it. If you have time or skills, there will be an organisation that will bite your arm off for those skills. Take some time and find out who to support. Donating is great, keep doing that, but giving your skills and knowledge might be just what the charity ordered.