CPRE: Want to get involved? Here’s how
Becoming a trustee of the CPRE Norfolk can be intensely rewarding, says Helen Leith
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 he[email protected]folk.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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