Why I became a Hamlet Trustee - Sue's story

Sue, married with two daughters and living in Norfolk for just over 40 years, first became a Hamlet Trustee in 2016 and has recently taken up the post of Vice Chair of Trustees.
Why I became a Hamlet Trustee - Sue's story

“I had recently retired and knew The Hamlet really well from my work as a Paediatric Physiotherapist at The Jenny Lind children’s department at The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Fellow Trustee, Stuart Marpole, approached me and asked if I might be interested in becoming a Trustee. I had always had a high regard for the charity and was really happy to come on board. So many of the families I worked with at the hospital attended The Hamlet charity and I had always felt so welcomed at the centres when I would visit as Paediatric Physio.”

Sue also revealed a more personal connection for being an advocate for the charity… “I have two siblings who have learning disabilities who are not local to Norwich. I have always felt that they would have benefited from the services offered at The Hamlet. The charity offers first class care as well as fantastic opportunities and experiences for people attending. During the national lockdowns and coronavirus pandemic I have felt immensely proud of how the staff have responded to the challenges presented. They have continued to find ways to adapt and change the service in order to provide to some of the most vulnerable families.  I have nothing but admiration for this.”

Sue explained that being on the board of trustees had meant that her skills within her health profession had continued to make a difference and be used to support the development of the service. “I feel what I can offer is welcomed and listened to as a professional. At the same time I have the opportunity to work with professionals from different fields and learn new skills. I am now safeguarding trustee representative for the charity, an area I had less experience of in my career.”

“The good thing about being on a board of trustee’s where we all have different professional experiences is that everyone has a contribution to make and although we may not always agree, we are able to offer a range of views which makes for well thought out and reasoned decisions. I would encourage anyone interested in the charity where they feel they have a skill or contribution to make to consider joining as a trustee. Whether that be within the field of social care, health, a Hamlet parent, business, finance, building, law or anything else! We would love to hear from you!”

To express an interest in becoming a Trustee, please get in touch with us. You can email Pauline via admin@thehamletcharity.org.uk

 

"I would encourage anyone interested in the charity where they feel they have a skill or contribution to make to consider joining as a trustee. Whether that be within the field of social care, health, a Hamlet parent, business, finance, building, law or anything else! We would love to hear from you!”

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