Pledge support to local charities

I WOULD like to encourage Dispatch readers to become trustees of local charities. Trustees play an important role in the overall management of charities and offer strategic direction. As the Chairman of the volunteering and learning charity CSV, I have seen first hand how expertise in management, finance and marketing can help a charity thrive.

Charities are not the only ones to benefit. As a trustee you can develop your own career, help to fill a skills gap as well as make a valuable contribution to society. In these tough economic times, it’s important that we all play a part in strengthening our communities.

If you have professional skills to offer, for example in finance, fundraising, or strategic management, or if you have a personal interest in a particular charity, then get in touch with CSV. We can match your skills to a charity in your local area. Visit www.csv.org.uk/professionals for more information.

SIR JON SHORTRIDGE,

Chairman at CSV.