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The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has this week applauded the work of over 3,700 trustees on the Isle of Wight who help a variety of charities running for the benefit of the local community.

This week (7th-13th November) sees the Charity Commission’s ‘Trustees Week’ being celebrated; recognising the important contribution volunteer trustees make to their local communities. This year the theme focuses on ‘Stronger Charities through Good Leadership’.

Andrew Turner MP has said:

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“There are currently 3,776 trustees on the Island supporting the 443 charities here and without the dedication of those people, many of whom are volunteers, the charities would not be able to carry out much of the important work they do for our community.

“Volunteering is not only beneficial to those in receipt of help and support from the charities, it is also a good way to meet new people and to develop new skills.  I would encourage anyone with even a little time on their hands to consider volunteering for one of the very worthwhile Island causes they support.”

Chairman of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross, said:

“We know the work of trustees is crucial to the success of their charities, and they often bear a considerable load.  However, this Trustees Week we want to encourage trustees to keep doing excellent work – and remind them that, despite the recent increase in focus, the legal burden hasn’t changed.

“We see great stewardship in our engagement with charities, often by trustees facing difficult and complex situations.  Some of the best decision-making we have seen has been a product of having diversity on boards, meaning trustees can challenge each other and offer conflicting perspectives to ultimately achieve the best outcome for their charity.”

To find out more about Trustees Week and trusteeship, visit

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