We are looking for people to perform the following roles, either singly or sharing:
You’ll be able to find out more about these roles from existing trustees at the meeting on October 30th, discuss what you want to achieve and what can you offer SWAN in the month up to the SWAN AGM in November, where we’ll ask volunteers for these posts to stand as trustees for the charity.
SWAN intro information. If you’d like to speak to one of the current trustees, we would be delighted to have a chat, just drop us an email here.
We have committee or trustee meetings quarterly, usually face to face in Glasgow or Edinburgh or over the phone. We can accommodate anything from a few hours a month up to a couple of hours a week or more! Our roles are very much what people make them. A lot depends upon the particular role that people perform, and the amount of time does vary.
We provide networking events, and the volume of work does go up in the run up to and hosting the event. Some of our current trustees are able to take advantage of company volunteering schemes and support SWAN during their working hours.
Fundamentally, it’s the good feeling that we are doing something about supporting our community. We exist to connect LGBTI people. Even in our relatively supportive and more inclusive society, there’s still a challenge about coming out and feeling comfortable about oneself. We’re proud of the feedback we have had about how we are successfully ensuring that our networking places are safe and welcoming.
We’ve all made good friends and contacts. It’s been great for us seeing our SWAN events’ attendees make friends and share business opportunities.
A number of us have benefitted from their careers through their SWAN work. There’s the taking on of new responsibilities and development of additional skills. And the volunteering work demonstrates at work new dimensions to what we can offer as employees, beyond the immediate day job.
Co-founders Robert Cole and Ian Arnot established SWAN in 2008 following their work at BT in the company’s LGBT staff network, Kaleidoscope.“SWAN has given us a great insight into organisations across multiple sectors and we’ve met dozens of people and formed great friendships” says Robert. “We’ve gone on to take on trustee roles in other charities” says Ian. He went on to say: “Robert is now Convener of the Board at LGBT Youth Scotland and I am Chair at Waverley Care.” The LGBT Youth Scotland (LGBTYS) trustee role followed an event hosted by LGBTYS with SWAN.
If you're interested in becoming a SWAN trustee, come along to our next event in Edinburgh on Tuesday 30th October at 5.30, hosted by Brodies LLP.
Just let us know you are coming by registering for the event here - we look forward to seeing you there!