Trustees’ Week 07-11 November


Trustees’ Week is a time for us to thank our Trustees’ for all the work they do at SPEAR.

This year’s theme is ‘making a difference in changing times.’ In a blog welcoming Trustees’ Week 2022, Charity Commission Chief Executive, Helen Stephenson, said:

The backdrop against which we mark Trustees’ Week this year feels especially poignant. We are living through a period of considerable economic challenge, with rising costs placing many households in acute financial distress. As so often during difficult times, charities will be a central part of the collective response, helping those in desperate need, and offering community, courage and hope to us all. But charities themselves face pressures: rising demand on their services, increased costs, and the real risk of declining donations as many who were previously able to give are forced to tighten their belts. Coming so close on the heels of a global pandemic, which took some charities close to the brink, these pressures represent a huge challenge for many organisations. Trustees are ultimately responsible for seeing their charities through those difficulties – and in some cases making tough decisions about the charity’s future. It’s a significant responsibility, a real public service, and the majority are volunteers. Collectively, trusteeship is not given the platform it deserves. Trustees are too often unsung. Trustees’ Week is an opportunity to redress that – to celebrate the work of trustees and to acknowledge their contribution, passion, skill and commitment.

Interview with SPEAR Trustee Charlotta Campanale

Ahead of Trustees’ Week, we met with our Trustee Charlotta Campanale who joined as a Trustee in 2016.

Charlotta has been involved with SPEAR from the very beginning, and is a life-long local resident who volunteered for Penny Wade at the time of SPEAR’s creation.

She explains what she has gained from her role and what we can do to ‘make a difference in changing times’, particularly within our local communities.

Words from other Trustees

In other news...

Improving services for the homeless Roma community in Kingston

Last week SPEAR hosted a co-production event which brought together people from the Roma rough sleeping community and those working with them to better understand their needs and explore ways to improve our services in Kingston.

Yellow alert for hot weather in London

SPEAR is encouraging those rough sleeping to stay alert as they are more vulnerable and may need help to stay safe.

SPEAR signs joint letter to party leaders

We’ve joined over 50 homelessness organisations in signing Homeless Link’s letter to Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer and Sir Ed Davey