2nd November 2015
Cumbria Community Foundation is joining forces with Sellafield Ltd and CN Group to be part of the West Cumbria Community Heroes Awards this November. The charity is sponsoring the Volunteer of the Year Award and hopes to find lots of worthy winners.
The Foundation is backing the award because it invests in local communities by awarding grants to charitable groups who are supported by many volunteers who give endless hours of time making Cumbria a better place to live and work.
This week coincides with Trustees’ Week 2015, which celebrates the fantastic work of existing trustees and aims to increase awareness and understanding of the trustee role.
Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of the Foundation said: “It is very easy to value and recognise people volunteering in front-line or even operational roles. The far less glamorous work put in by the members of boards, committees, and governing bodies, though, is more easily overlooked – and yet it is these people who voluntarily accept all responsibility and liability – especially when things go wrong. We want to shine a light on these people who contribute so much time and effort into the county’s voluntary sector.”
Willie Slavin from Whitehaven is a trustee of the Foundation and at the Howgill Family Centre. He says: “As a trustee you get to see the whole working machine, top down, and play a part in how it goes forward to achieve its aims. It’s a really empowering thing, and in most cases anyone can do it.”
Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. For more information visit the Trustees’ Week website.