I have had many years' experience of as a trustee and have also been a senior executive in a major charity advising and supporting trustees. Whilst no two situations are the same, there are many general lessons that can be drawn from the collective experience across charities of various sizes and with varying missions.
Today we celebrate volunteers and volunteering across the world. But for us this is not just a celebration of volunteers as a token, 'useful' contribution to enable the paid staff to carry on with their work; but as true partners, fellow family members working together to bring lasting change to people who are in pain.
Anyone in the world can pledge any amount they would like (min £1) towards the funding of the film and in return can select from a variety of rewards, ranging from a simple social media 'shout out', a copy of the new ebook '24weekers: The Story', through to a non-speaking role in the film and dinner with the director and some of the cast!
Thursday night training is TOUGH- we have to do these sit ups while punching up into the other person's gloves. I'm convinced there is no way I can do that I can't do a full situp still so I just do them half way most of the time - but Christina tells me I will be fine, and shock horror I am! I manage all three sets with only minimal whingeing.
Across the world, 1 in 3 women risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. That's 1.25 billion women - daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers. Facing each day without access to this basic necessity is not just an inconvenience; it impacts on all aspects of life, and it is women and girls who suffer the most. Having nowhere safe to go to the toilet also means an increased risk of shame, harassment and even violence for women and girls when they are forced to go out in search of a private place to go to the toilet.