New Trustees for VASL

Trustees perform a vital role in the governance and strategic direction of every charity and VASL has been lucky enough to recently have two people join our board. We thought you may like to know a little about them.

Gaynor Forryan PIC OF GAYNOR

Tell us a little about your background

I am self-employed and I run a couple of businesses specialising in communication, social media, marketing, events and website builds for SME’s (Small to medium sized enterprises)
What inspired you to become a VASL Trustee?

I live in Market Harborough and I have family growing up here too. I believe that the society we live in has become very insular due to the pressures of everyday life, and I feel that the sense of community is being eroded slowly.

VASL is an organisation that is helping to break these barriers down in terms of bringing the community together, including helping to reduce loneliness which is very prominent wherever you live. I wanted to join a team that is working hard to do this, and I wanted to help them to make a difference to people’s lives for the better.

What are your hopes for VASL?

I would love to see VASL continue to grow, and to add more projects to their portfolio so that they can offer more support within the community, in as many diverse ways as possible.

Is there anything in particular that you want to achieve?

It is early days yet for me as a trustee, but I love being creative, so if there is anything out there in the community where there is a gap, and that VASL services are required, then, I hope we can think outside the box, and help to fill that gap.

What qualities and experience do you bring to the role of Trustee?

I am a glass is half full and not half empty sort of person, so where some people might think that a situation is unachievable, I like to challenge that and find a way to deliver it! I get a buzz out of helping people achieve their goals, whatever that may be. From a skills perspective, I have joined VASL to share my management, communication and digital marketing skills.

What have you learned during your time as a trustee that you think others should?

In the short time that I have been a trustee, I have learned how passionate and friendly the whole of the VASL team is, and how rewarding the work is that VASL carries out. If you are thinking of becoming a volunteer, I can assure you that you will have a very enjoyable and rewarding time; the team is a joy to work with. Please though, do not take my word for it, come and join us and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

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