Katie's Story: Becoming a Trustee

Politics and Sociology student, Katie shares her story and explains how she first came into contact with Heart of England Mencap and why she became a trustee.

Katie

My name is Katie, I am currently a second-year student studying Politics and Sociology at Warwick University and a trustee at Heart of England Mencap, based in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I was approached to become a trustee after doing an internship through a University Programme, I enjoyed working at Heart of England Mencap and liked the idea of becoming a trustee, so I did not hesitate to take the opportunity.

There are many ways and reasons why to become a trustee. Personally, I really believe in the organisation and wanted to support the community and knew that being a trustee would make my voice heard. It is an experience that you can get a lot out of in other ways such as gaining organisational understanding, developing a range of skills, and meeting new people. You can really mould the experience to focus what is important to you. Companies need to have people with a variety of backgrounds and life-experience, anyone can bring something unique to the table and it is really rewarding.Heart of England Mencap team

For me this role has enabled me to be involved with people and a community I care about whilst developing life skills. I love being behind the scenes and involved in discussions, it has given me understanding of governance and developed my communication. I got suitable training, so I felt comfortable in my role and was assured I did not need to be an expert in all areas that go into running an organisation. For example, I came in with little financial knowledge, but they always explain and present information in a digestible way and have given me opportunities to develop my understanding. Becoming a trustee has allowed me to progress myself in many areas and has given me more confidence.

For anybody thinking about becoming a trustee I would say go for it. It truly is a special opportunity that you can get a lot out of. Becoming involved in an organisation will give you a chance to have a meaningful say and learn new things.

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