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National Trustees’ Week 2019!

This week (4th – 8th November), we are celebrating National Trustees’ Week 2019!

The Challengers Trustee Board is responsible for the overall governance of the charity. We would not be able to achieve what we do without the wonderful support we get from our Trustees.

We are so proud to have a board made up of individuals with such varied backgrounds and skills. From safeguarding professionals, to Challengers parents, to our young Trustee who used to work as a Challengers Playworker. Thank you all!

We’d like to introduce you to two of our Trustees; Anele and Deborah. They tell us what their role on the Trustee board is and what it means to them.

Anele Grissel

“I work with children and families with additional needs as an occupational therapist. As a trustee I work closely with the Quality and Operational team focusing on engagement. The role means that I support the team measuring feedback from our volunteers, the play workers, staff, parents and especially the children which all helps to constantly strive to improve the already amazing Challengers even more.

I love every aspect of the role and I have learned about KPI’s and how to read financial statements, but I have also taken part in amazing events and have had the opportunity to get an insight into the amazing work that often happens behind the scenes of this wonderful local charity.

There are so many opportunities to volunteer and the one thing that I have learned is that we all have something to contribute – something I doubted in myself at first, but the people are so encouraging and will help you utilise your unique gifts and skills at the diverse and amazing Challengers!”

Deborah Smith

“My role as a trustee, I suppose is simply to support, listen and guide through experiences of being a family, living and dealing with disability all the time. Overseeing how the charity runs, attending meetings and advising on changes if they are needed. Being the ears, eyes and a voice for other families like mine.

Trustees are important because they have the perspective of outside of the working day. We can dip in and out with a fresh views at times and keep an honest eye on how things are going. We are asked our opinions and given plenty of opportunity to feedback and talk openly with the Board. This helps makes Challengers even more of an understanding and empathetic charity.

My aim is offer time and commitment to support Challengers moving forward. The charity was around for 40 years before I really came on board. I am enjoying my time as a Trustee and being part of their ethos for inclusion and Challenging the barriers to play for all disabled youngsters. Challengers is simply an extended family, they have always been there for us, when times were incredibly tough. They have helped mold Tom into the young man he is today and for that we will always be very grateful.”

You can read more about each of our Trustees on our Trustee page.


Prudential ride london

Our Trustee Rachel Bartholomeusz taking part in Prudential Ride London 2019!