THE vital role played by trustees was highlighted by Jonathan Reynolds during a visit to the charity Hyde Community Action.
The charity, which was set up in 2007, runs a number of youth and arts projects and gives members a real say in the development of their community.
And it is one of 128 charities that are making a difference to the lives of people living in the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency. On Friday (October 22) Mr Reynolds visited the charity's base, on Great Norbury Street.
He was shown a number of paintings and a mosaic created as part of a recent arts project. And he met with a group of the charity's trustees, who outlined the role they play and the commitment it involves.
Following the visit he said: "Hyde Community Action is making a real difference to the lives of people living in Hyde - responding to their needs and giving members a real say in the development of their community.
"Arts initiatives, healthy walks, language courses and youth projects are just some of the activities that have been on offer. And they are clearly valued by the people who access them.
"But they are only possible because of the hard work and commitment shown by the team of nine trustees.
"These volunteers regularly give up their time both attending meetings and taking on more practical roles. And without them the work could clearly not continue."
Mr Reynolds visited the charity in the run-up to Trustee Week, which is being run in conjunction with the Charity Commission. "The many charities in our area all rely on the commitment of trustees," said Mr Reynolds.
"They play a vital role and recognising that it really important.
"Trustees have responsibility for making the important decisions about the direction of a charity and its work. And without them charities could not exist.
"Nationally around half of all charities have a vacancy on their board. And I hope Trustees Week will encourage people to consider being a trustee in future."
More information about being a trustee can be found at www.trusteesweek.org.uk
Published October 25, 2010