|Celebrate Trustees - we certainly did!|
Friday 24 February saw almost 100 trustees of local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations come together for a BIG Celebration at the Linskill Centre in North Shields.
Funded by the Big Lottery's Celebrate programme, the James Bond-themed event was organised by 30 young volunteers from North Tyneside, with support from staff at VODA.
The event was a huge success - guests were treated to a three course meal, planned and cooked by the young people, live entertainment from local singer Molly Glover and a prize raffle, drawn by North Tyneside's Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn.
Attendees also took part in a number of 'trustee tasks', answering questions about their roles and making their mark on a 'trustee fingerprint map' of North Tyneside. The young volunteers also screened two short films which they'd made in advance of the event, which can be viewed here.
Feedback from the evening was hugely well received. Kath Nixon, Chair of Out of Sight charity said: "Thank you for the exceptional 007-themed evening at the Linskill Centre. We can honestly say it was a wonderful evening with much laughter - such a change from a meeting for “business”. It was a fabulous, exceptional evening where we relaxed had fun and had a wonderful meal. The room was decorated beautifully and the entertainment was perfect. The young people involved should be very proud of their achievements - clearly a lot of thought had went in to the event."
During the planning stage and at the event itself, the young volunteers had the chance to learn a number of new skills, including marketing, event management, catering and teamwork. 17-year old Paige Bertram, who was part of the Events team, said: "Thank you for the wonderful opportunity. It has been so nice working with so many different people and having this experience. It was a great night and I couldn't have asked for nicer people to work with."
Read the News Guardian's coverage of the event here.
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