TRUSTEES WEEK 2017: MORAG BEATTIE, DUNDEE PRIDE

From 13th – 17th November, it’s National Trustees Week, highlighting the important role of Trustees in guiding and supporting Scotland’s charity sector. Each day we’ll be highlighting the stories of Trustees from across the LGBT+ community and the vital role they have in driving forward equality in Scotland.
Morag Beattie, Secretary of the brand new charity, Dundee Pride

Morag with her daughter Sarah“I first became a volunteer back in 1999 when I volunteered as a children’s panel member. At the time, my full time job was working as a PA to the command team, Tayside Police. Unfortunately, my job was too busy so I had to give up volunteering after 3 years. This can be a very difficult role to undertake but as long as you remember it’s in the best interests of the child. This helps keep you focused in what can be at times a very stressful situation for panel members, family members, professionals and of course most importantly the child, or often, children.”

“Fortunately, I have been given the opportunity to become a panel member again and have been doing this role for the last 3 years and continue to be a volunteer for this for the foreseeable future.”
“From an LGBT side, it’s a very personal thing for me. I have had insight into how difficult it can be for people to “come out” as being gay. My daughter Sarah is gay and I’m as proud of her being gay as much as any parent is of their children. When she “came out” we hugged and cried. Not with shame or disappointment but I couldn’t understand why she felt it difficult to tell me. I just hope other parents can accept their children for who they are, not what they are, gay or other. So, I may not be LGBT myself but since I was a teenager some of my best friends were part of the gay community. I’m so glad for Sarah and the whole of the LGBT community that society has moved on drastically since my teenage years with my gay friends as it was not so acceptable back in the 80’ as it is now.”
“To become a trustee and Secretary for Dundee Pride I feel honoured to hold such a position. The work is no problem as I have many contacts to reach out to and have a vast experience of the workload required as Secretary so hopefully this will be an asset to our cause.”
“I would say to anyone who is hesitant (understandably), that being a trustee is an honour, a sense of belonging and ownership and knowing that you are only one of many trustees assures you that it’s not as daunting as it first sounds. Knowing there is a constitution setting out these responsibilities is very reassuring and Stuart from Pink Saltire is always at the end of the phone if there was to be any questions or concerns. So nobody is left uncertain of their responsibilities.”
“To summarise, at the end of the day, we are all here for the best interests of the LGBT community and I will commit 100% to ensure Dundee Pride is as successful as other Pride events throughout the country.”

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. There are around 180,000 trustees in over 24,000 charities operating in Scotland. They play a vital role and make important decisions about a charity’s work.
Charities in Scotland are regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Their Chief Executive, David Robb said:
“In my six years as OSCR Chief Executive, I’ve been fortunate to see the huge impact that comes from the hard work of dedicated trustees. The 180,000 trustees of Scottish charities make an enormous difference to communities across the country, volunteering their time and working together to lead the strategic direction of their charities.”
“We encourage anyone who is a trustee, or who is interested in becoming one, to participate in Trustees’ Week. Many people are booked to attend events held throughout the country that highlight the significant impact of their work and provide practical advice on how someone can become a trustee themselves – but there are opportunities to participate online too.”
“As always, it is a privilege for OSCR to be involved. It is a brilliant opportunity to highlight the great work that goes on in charities and to show the ways in which people can get more involved in the Sector.”
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