This week is National Trustee week where the one million trustees up and down the Country are being recognised for the work they do to keep charities, like Scouts, running and making a positive difference in our communities.
I caught up with Fayaz Bharucha from Blackburn, who recently became a Trustee of East Lancashire Scouts, to find why he loves it so much.
Why did you want to become a Charity Trustee?
As an individual I’ve been very fortunate to come from a family and community that has supported charities in many different ways. Growing up seeing my father make such a positive difference as a founding member of an international charity has given me the inspiration to do something similar. However, I only wanted to do this for a cause that I felt would create an exponential and sustainable difference that spreads far and wide – I feel with Scouting this is very much possible. To support and inspire our future pioneers made the choice of becoming a Charity Trustee for East Lancashire Scouts really easy.
What is the favourite thing you’ve done in Scouting so far?
The most rewarding and favourite part has been #YouShape. Working with the children to shape their Scouting journey has been really inspiring for us all and then capturing this in a video diary was great fun too. I’m a huge believer that it’s their journey and we’re there to create the environment in which they can express themselves in their individual unique way. This environment fosters a great atmosphere and platform for learning which the children will cherish for the rest of their lives.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Scouting?
One day I’m looking forward to taking a team of young people abroad – for them to experience life from a different perspective and aid their character building process. What inspires me immensely is that Scouts in the holy land of Mecca and Madina volunteer at the time of Hajj – supporting and guiding the millions of people who have come to perform their pilgrimage. What a great honour it would be if we could do something like this for young people from the UK in collaboration with Scouts there.
How does being a Charity Trustee for local Scouting help you in other areas of your life?
As a Trustee I have to have a variety of skills in order to really add value and contribute to the overall team objective. These skills are all transferable in all aspects of my life; finance skills I use at work, working collaboratively with others I use whilst working in my local Scouts team, being focused and flexible is important when you’re juggling conflicting priorities as a parent as well. So, on the whole I believe there is so much one can learn from being a Trustee.
What would you say, or your best piece of advice, to anyone who isn’t sure about becoming a Charity Trustee?
Embrace the responsibilities with an open heart and be part of a great team – the opportunity to really contribute and make a difference is the ultimate goal. Being part of a team means you shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed by everything that’s going on and you can channel your efforts based on your diverse skill set – give it a go, you won’t look back!