Swanswell joins Trustees’ Week celebrations

02 November 2012

Swanswell’s taking time out to celebrate and recognise the vital role trustees play in ensuring the national charity achieves its goal of creating a society free from problem alcohol and drug use.

Next week (5 to 11 November 2012) is Trustees’ Week – the third annual celebration of trusteeship, organised by the Charity Commission and partners.

This campaign aims to showcase the great work of trustees and to highlight the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Like many charities throughout the UK, Swanswell’s governance and strategic direction is managed by a Board of Trustees - dedicated volunteers who have a wealth of relevant experience that they bring to the role.

They’re responsible for directing the business of the charity, making decisions about finances, activities and plans for the future.

Swanswell’s Board of Trustees is currently made up of eight members and has led the national charity through some exciting and challenging times.

During 2011/12 alone, they’ve made decisions that have guided the charity to generate the highest income in its history, £10.4m, and to support over 9,000 people face-to-face and give advice to more than 100,000 online.

Under the Board of Trustees’ leadership, Swanswell has developed exciting programmes and new models of treatment such as The Swanswell Recovery Model and interventions for Alcohol-Related Dementia (ARD).

In recent years, the national charity’s also created a successful Alcohol and Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme, the Carer Support Service in Barnsley and developed  interventions that use interactive games technology to help people understand the triggers to their substance misuse.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Swanswell’s talented and experienced Board of Trustees really understand what we do and where we should be going as an organisation.

Trustees play a vital part in the management of a charity, so it seems only fitting to dedicate a week to what they do and highlight their tireless, often unrecognised efforts to keep organisations such as Swanswell moving in the right direction.

It’s worth pointing out that trustees are volunteers, so regularly give up their free time and expertise to really make a difference to people’s lives.

‘Our own Board of Trustees has helped make Swanswell what it is today, so I’d like to thank everyone past and present for their continued hard work and dedication.’

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