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Trustee Story – Emma, Trustee with Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC)

About you

I am a Solicitor and Partner in Brearleys Solicitors a local high street practice. I have practised as a solicitor for 28 years. I have mainly undertaken Family and Child Care work, which is predominantly legally aided. I am a member of the Law Society Children Panel and this recognises the experience I have in the field of Children’s Court cases, in particular Care proceedings. I work with children, Professional guardians, and family members. I undertake a lot of my own Court work. I really enjoy my job, being a voice for children and their families. I offer legal advice and guide them through the difficult Court process. My work is varied and challenging, there is always something new to learn. I meet lots of people from all walks of life. I can say my working week is never predictable, or dull.

How did you find out about becoming a Charity Trustee?

I was initially a trustee for the Batley Resource Centre a charity in Batley opposite one of my work offices. My colleague introduced me to them. I was impressed with their work and keen to join. They later merged with Yorkshire Children Centre, where I continued as a Trustee.

Can you give us some examples of the tasks you undertake in your Trustee role:

 I provide advice and guidance on Child protection issues that arise within the Charity and review some policy documents. I chair the Family and Children sub committee meetings and attend as many Trustee meetings as I am able. I have attended charity events, and run the London marathon to raise funds for the charity in 2012. I have been to Westminster when working on a project. I have attended Governor meetings for the school (Brian Jackson College).

How has becoming a Charity Trustee made a difference to your life?

 I have connected with more people and it has opened my eyes to the range of activities and good work carried out by the charity. I feel very proud to be a part of a charity with excellent values and a dedicated team striving to make a positive impact upon as many people and families as possible, in difficult and challenging times. It is good to work as part of a diverse team, working with other people with very different skill sets to me, on a common goal.

What would you say to encourage other people to consider becoming a Charity Trustee?

I would highly recommend it to others. We all have different strengths to bring to the table and it is the mix of these diverse skills and backgrounds, with a common goal, which come together to make a big difference. Trustees can devote differing amounts of time to a charity, depending upon their other commitments, however they can still play a valuable role. Look for a charity that shares your values and you will find other people of a similar mindset. It is very rewarding and opens up your knowledge, and social opportunities.

Have you been inspired by Emma’s story?

Find out more about becoming a charity Trustee here: https://tslkirklees.org.uk/have-you-ever-thought-about-becoming-a-charity-trustee/

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