Every charitable organisation, large or small, is run by a Board of Trustees. Trustees are legally responsible for making sure the organisation does what it was set up to do and that the money it receives is spent efficiently and for the right purposes. In a small charity the trustees usually do most of the work, but in a larger charity such as Deafness Support Network the work is mostly delegated to professional staff.
In DSN, the Board of Trustees is usually referred to as the 'Council' but the function is the same. they meet four times a year, receive reports on the work of the Network; examine financial statements; make suggestions about how things might be done better; and generally check that our work meets the aims of the organisation, i.e. improving access and equality for D/deaf people.
So who are the trustees? All DSN Trustees are volunteers. They come from different backgrounds, but mostly they are people who have come into contact with DSN in some way and have become interested enough to want to help run the organisation. Many are themselves Deaf, deaf, deafened or hard of hearing and have a valuable knowledge of the problems faced by deaf people.
If you are interested in the work of the Trustees and feel you can contribute, please contact us
with any further questions.