Though privileged to be asked to become a trustee for Wolo – a charity which helps families affected by cancer – Helen Lee is not new to volunteering.
Helen was President of Seaford Sweethearts WI for one year, and on the committee for three, which Helen is keen to point out is not your normal WI, but very much a ‘young at heart’ fun club with an eclectic group of women aging from 20’s to retirement plus. It is all about friendship, a sense of fun, learning new skills, advice, support and energy. Though she still loves the WI and is ever-passionate about the things it provides, being president was such a huge time commitment that she had to step down.
Why am I a trustee?
Now however, Helen is completely hooked on Wolo – particularly because Fler & Justin’s cancer journey was a huge part of her own life, as they are all really close friends.
Helen said: “I loved the ‘helping others’ idea when they put it forward and I wanted to use my business expertise to help them structure and shape the charity, and ensure it was compliant, efficient and constructive.”
What does a trustee do?
Devoting around 20 hours a month on average, Helen’s role concentrates more on the business, administration and project side of things. She generally leaves the fundraising to the others who are amazing at it. Helen explained: “We all have our own specialisms and use them accordingly to ensure everything we do is effective and there is no duplication or wasted time and energy.” They meet once a month minimum and there is a real family feel to the charity.
What do you get out of it?
Despite a full-time job as Head of HR and Operations for a firm of solicitors, Helen also does business mentoring and coaching, yet still finds time to volunteer, doing things for the community she loves and giving something back. “It gives me a huge sense satisfaction. If you can help, help!”