In autumn 2013 it was suggested that I may be interested in becoming involved with the Craven Trust. In hindsight I am ashamed to admit that this was the first I had heard of the Craven Trust despite being ‘born and bred’ in the Craven District, therefore I did what most people do now – I googled it! A meeting was arranged with the Chairperson who updated me further and I was immediately impressed by the apparent genuine interest of the Trustees and their ‘hands on’ approach to vetting applications. I was very pleased to be accepted as a Trustee.
I considered I had reasonable knowledge of the geographical area covered by the Trust however I had no idea of the scale of charitable works and community projects for all ages and ethnicity currently being undertaken in the area and of the sheer volume of volunteers these projects need. Needless to say I was impressed but I also realised that without the volunteers and access to charitable funding like the Craven Trust it is fairly certain some of these community and individual life enhancing projects would fold.
I have just about completed my first year so I am still on the learning curve and thoroughly enjoying my role as a Trustee. I am finding it to be rewarding and humbling in equal measure. I look forward to being involved with the Craven Trust for many years either on the Board or as a Friend because it truly is a charitable Trust which does what it says on the tin! – Local giving for local needs.
Jenny Thistlethwaite (Trustee)