Why I became a Trustee for Involve

Richard's Story

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"I have been a trustee with Involve for almost 10 years and during this time I have seen the organisation develop, grow and flourish.  The charity makes a real difference to the lives of so many and being part of the Board of Trustees provides me with the opportunity to play an active part in supporting the strategic direction of the organisation.  Involve is a vibrant and forward thinking charity where staff and volunteers work tirelessly to support so many, we have a diverse Board who all share the same core values and ambitions.  If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity like no other then I would highly recommend considering getting in touch - being part of Involve is a huge privilege and I am delighted to be able to make a small contribution to such a brilliant organisation."

Vivianne's Story

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"For a number of years working in Marketing and Design, both living and labouring in London, I decided to make Kent my new home whilst continuing to travel in and out of London and abroad. My passion for social change and community interest projects have always been a great love of mine. After doing my master’s and creating my social enterprise Wakeup Campaign, it was made apparent that social development and placemaking initiatives are often where great change can happen, and these changes stem from grass route initiatives within local communities.


After seeing a trustee post within a non-executive forum I belonged to at the time, I discovered Involve were recruiting for trustees, and one of the areas was in Marketing and Communication which drew me into researching more on how I could offer my expertise, experience and ideas to a charity with a clear mission and vision of connecting people and communities to improve their health, and empower communities, assisting in development challenges. This struck a chord with me as Involve’s values ran in parallel with the work I was pursuing within my own social enterprise, as well as a variety of projects I’ve been involved in.


What drew me to Involve was their work and attitude of making an impact in areas of ill-health, loneliness and isolation; using group-based activities such as running events, lunches, craft and leisure groups in their community hub in Maidstone Mall as it offered a place of communal and interactive retreat, not neglecting those facing certain challenges within their lives. This type of work I cherish, because the humanitarian element is necessary for our communities to grow and develop."