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TRUSTEES’ Week starts on the Novem­ber 13 and what bet­ter time to cel­e­brate the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion of th­ese fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers.

Across the UK, there are over one mil­lion Trustees and in Ac­cring­ton and the sur­round­ing area there are over one hun­dred trustees work­ing on be­half of Scouting. Each one has a spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide the sta­bil­ity and good gov­er­nance every char­ity needs in or­der to flour­ish.

As Chair of The Scout As­so­ci­a­tion’s Board of Trustees, I ask my­self, what dif­fer­ence do I make as a Trus­tee? For me, it comes down to five things: stew­ard­ship, scrutiny, strat­egy, sup­port, and skills. It’s about en­sur­ing the right pro­ce­dures and poli­cies and are in place to cre­ate a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment. It’s our role to en­sure there is a clear plan for the fu­ture and that there is the right level of chal­lenge and ac­count­abil­ity.

So this Trustees’ Week, I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have al­ready stepped up to the plate and are putting some­thing back into their com­mu­ni­ties.

I would also like to en­cour­age more young peo­ple to come for­ward and serve as Trustees – your en­ergy and ideas are in­valu­able if we want to con­tinue to help the next gen­er­a­tion de­velop the skills to suc­ceed in life. Char­ity boards ben­e­fit most when there is a range of ages and back­grounds and they are at their strong­est when there is a healthy mix of ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tives. I urge you to join us. Ann Limb Chair - The Scout As­so­ci­a­tion

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