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December 19th, 2014 by Sarah Tucker

At the end of a busy year, it’s always good to take stock of what you have done; think about any particular achievements, what’s gone well, what were your highlights and generally take a moment to think about the year.

2014 in particular seems to have flown by (I say this every year but this one really has!) particularly as I had the pleasure of joining Reach in September so for me it’s been a whirlwind few months.

Reach has had another busy year, continuing to help hundreds of charities find both trustee roles and skilled volunteer roles, vital positions where skilled people can make such a difference to a charity.

There have been a few achievements which have really struck me:

  1. TrusteeWorks’ success: Our TrusteeWorks service has grown rapidly with demand doubling over the last year as a result of our decision last autumn to make the Matching service FREE for charities with less than £1 million turnover! We have placed a record 365 trustees this year and have become the single biggest source of trustees in the UK. Well done to the TrusteeWorks team.
  2. Smashing targets: We have made 700 placements in total this year, exceeded all our targets and enabled even more charities and voluntary organisations to find the expertise they needed.
  3. Trustees’ Week event at City Hall: We were part of a fantastic Trustees’ Week and went to a GLV hosted event at City Hall where our trustee, Simon Hebditch spoke about recruiting trustees.
  4. Reach at 35: We celebrated our 35th birthday – Reach was founded all the way back in 1979 by Nick Crace and in October we celebrated 35 years of skilled volunteering.

As we move into 2015, we look forward to a year where we will develop the technology we use in matching charities with skilled volunteers, support third sector governance, and enable the capacity of the voluntary sector. We hope 2015 will build upon this year and be even more successful.

In terms of our service over the Christmas period, the Reach office will be closed from Friday 19th December (today is our last day) and we will reopen again on Monday 5th January.

You can continue to use the Reach website to search for roles and make requests.  We will respond to any queries as soon as possible when we return in January.

In the meantime enjoy the festive season, have a wonderful break with friends and family and see you in the New Year!

Sarah has been Reach’s Marketing and Communications Manager since September 2014

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