CPRE: Want to get in­volved? Here’s how

Be­com­ing a trus­tee of the CPRE Nor­folk can be in­tensely re­ward­ing, says He­len Leith

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Tell some­one you are a vol­un­teer for a char­ity and like as not they will imag­ine you in a tabard mak­ing end­less cups of tea. Yet not every­one al­ways reg­is­ters in their mind that be­ing a trus­tee is, es­sen­tially, a vol­un­teer role.

Like­wise, when they think of be­ing a trus­tee for an en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity, they may pre­sume that they will need some sort of back­ground or spe­cial­ist knowl­edge in en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. But that is ab­so­lutely not the case and we wel­come peo­ple from all sorts of back­grounds to bring their par­tic­u­lar knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm to our work.

All we ask is that you care about the fu­ture of the Nor­folk coun­try­side and are will­ing to con­trib­ute some of your time to one of our three com­mit­tees, which are: Vi­sion for Nor­folk (V4N) which cov­ers cam­paigns, plan­ning, wa­ter, agri­cul­ture, trans­port, en­ergy, light pol­lu­tion, bio­di­ver­sity; Events Mem­ber­ship and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (EMC) which cov­ers events, fund-rais­ing, vol­un­teers, mem­ber­ship, PR, me­dia, youth, pro­file, awards; Fi­nance and Gen­eral Pur­poses (FGP) which cov­ers fi­nance, ad­min­is­tra­tion, sec­re­tar­ial, gover­nance, com­pli­ance, staffing, train­ing and more.

Per­haps you have ex­pe­ri­ence in plan­ning mat­ters or have been in­volved in a cam­paign to pro­tect an area of coun­try­side from dam­age? Or you have a back­ground in coun­try­side, en­vi­ron­men­tal or trans­port is­sues? Maybe you have spe­cial­ist knowl­edge with re­gard to green en­ergy, farm­ing or bio­di­ver­sity? Or per­haps your back­ground is in jour­nal­ism, public re­la­tions, so­cial me­dia or IT?

You might be an aca­demic or sci­en­tist with spe­cial­ist knowl­edge you think would con­trib­ute to our work, have a strong fund-rais­ing or events back­ground. Or per­haps you have an ex­cel­lent busi­ness brain, a ra­zor-sharp le­gal mind, or have spent a ca­reer in lo­cal gov­ern­ment? Maybe you spent years as a teacher or a com­pany sec­re­tary? An en­gi­neer or an ar­chi­tect?

If you have any or even none of th­ese but a wish to see the Nor­folk coun­try­side pro­tected from over-de­vel­op­ment then con­tribut­ing to the work of one our com­mit­tees could be very re­ward­ing for you and for us.

The com­mit­tees each meet four times a year in cen­tral Nor­wich plus there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­trib­ute to much of our work in be­tween meet­ings if you wish. New faces are in­vited to at­tend com­mit­tees to see how they like it with a longer-term view to maybe be­com­ing a trus­tee.

We are a happy, friendly, sup­port­ive team with a wide range of spe­cial­ist knowl­edge all work­ing very hard to pro­tect the best of the Nor­folk coun­try­side as a pre­cious re­source for all.

Work­ing on the com­mit­tees is a great way of ex­pand­ing your knowl­edge and skill set, and of course looks great on a CV. The trustees cur­rently with us clearly find the work in­tensely re­ward­ing as most of them have been with us for many years.

We wel­come peo­ple of all ages so don’t be shy – drop a line to he­lenl@cprenor­folk.org.uk or call us on 01603 761660.

If you don’t rel­ish sit­ting on a com­mit­tee you could vol­un­teer to help out with an oc­ca­sional bit of rou­tine of­fice or IT work. You might have some bright ideas for re­cruit­ing younger mem­bers or would like to help out with or­gan­is­ing a fund-rais­ing event. Or you might just fancy a bit of oc­ca­sional stew­ard­ing at out­door events – I can sup­ply the tabard and get started on that tea. N cprenor­folk.org.uk

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