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Hi, i’m Jo

Hello and thanks for taking time to read this blog. I’ve been asked to write about my experience of becoming a Trustee with the RSPCA Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk Branch, so I hope you’re sitting comfortably.

Like so many people, I have always described myself as an animal lover. More of a dog person these days if I’m honest. But actually over the years since childhood I’ve kept all sorts of animals, from ponies and horses to hamsters and goldfish. I might walk into a room and forget what I went in for…or I might lose my glasses when they’re on top of my head, but I remember every single pet I ever had.

In April 2020 my best friend died. He was my wingman, fellow adventurer and ultimate ‘Good Boy’. His name was Sam. A 16 year old Jack Russell with the heart of a lion and a character the size of a house. He was a lover, not a fighter. We went everywhere together.

Since Sam died I have spent a lot of time thinking. And let’s face it, there’s been plenty of opportunity during lockdown! I decided that I want to do something meaningful with my spare time. So I researched different voluntary roles and found my local Branch of the RSPCA had opportunities to join the Board of Trustees. I applied…and the rest is history.

I’d describe the induction process where I met individual members of the team and found out how the Branch works, as being like walking into a room full of people who’re all standing chatting, with a cup of tea or glass of wine in their hand…and they all turn and smile and are genuinely pleased to say hello and start a conversation. (I really need to get out more, I know). But that’s the best description I can think of.

When I thought about what I could bring to the (meeting) table, in terms of experience and know-how, this is what I came up with; I enjoy reading reports. Honestly, I admire anyone that can write sensibly and in a way that means I can understand technicalities – and finance in particular. I am happy to be the one that asks the ‘obvious’ question. Being a good listener helps too…forming a balanced overview is pretty much the basis of a Trustee’s role I think.

In a different life I am a declutterer and tidier. I enjoy helping people create order out of chaos. This invariably means there’s ‘stuff’ to ‘re-purpose’. Being a practical soul, I’m looking forward to visiting our charity shops soon, so I can go and meet the retail teams and chip in with some tip-top donations. And don’t even get me started on Gift Aid 😀

I think Sam would approve🐾

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee for our Branch, contact volunteering@rspcanorwich.org for more information or click the button below!

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