The Board Of Trustees meet every 2 months with the Trust Coordinator to ensure the charity’s aims and objectives are being met, respond to funding opportunities and requests and discuss new ways to work with adults with learning disabilities in the community.
Provisional meeting dates for 2019:
February 4th, April 1st, June 3rd, August 5th, October 7th, December 2nd
If you are passionate about supporting your community, have a couple of hours to spare each month and believe you can bring something to the trust we would love to hear from you.
Stephen Bell (Chairman) – Stephen lives in Canterbury and has a wealth of experience in the trauma and recovery field, working in therapeutic communities such as NCH, Pepper Harrow and establishing Resolutions UK. Transforming businesses in the private and charity sector over the years, Stephen has been successful in leading organisational and strategic change: “I’m a firm believer in preventative approaches, early intervention and supporting society’s most vulnerable by freeing up the right resources. This is an exciting time for Go Ability Trust as we’re developing projects that are fun, inclusive and help prevent the growing health inequalities that those with learning disabilities are subject to.”
Nick Spyrou (Treasurer) – Nick lives in Herne Bay and spent most of his career as a chartered accountant, including work with many local charities. Later working for a horticultural company, where he met the previous chairman – he became treasurer and remains so since retiring: “There is a clear requirement for greater opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in the area to participate in sports related activities. Go Ability Trust strives to diminish this deficiency while supporting its members to adopt and maintain a healthier way of life. The most rewarding thing about being a trustee I’m happy to say is seeing our beneficiaries appreciate and enjoy the projects we create.”
Anne Miller – Anne lives in Herne Bay and is now retired from working in the banking sector. Along with Sheila Anderson and another friend, Anne helped to set up a youth club for young people with learning disabilities in the Canterbury area. Being a mother to a daughter with cerebral palsy and learning difficulties, it was (and still is) important for Anne and her friends to have not only somewhere their children could meet and socialise but for other parents and family-carers, who can at times feel isolated and unsure where to find advice/support. Anne has in the past been treasurer for St Johns Cadets and governor at her daughter’s school: “I feel privileged to be able to bring my expertise to Go Ability Trust and help empower adults with learning disabilities to have better opportunities and access to sports.”
Sheila Anderson – Shelia lives in Tankerton and is now retired from working in the International Division of a London clearing Bank. As a mother of an autistic daughter, she and her friends set up a club for young people with learning disabilities after finding there was not of lot of recreational activities for her daughter to get involved in. Having been involved as chairperson and treasurer for other clubs, Go Ability are lucky to have the support of an experienced trustee! “I have helped to fund raise for Go Ability Trust and find this very rewarding. I am very happy that we have been able to help adults with learning disabilities to access sport and other recreational activities. There is a need for this service and I look forward to the Trust being able to help more people to access more activities that they wish to participate in.”
Chris Laslett – Chris lives in Whitstable, works at The King’s School Canterbury as a sports coach and is Director of Junior hockey at Canterbury Hockey Club. Working as Trust Coordinator until 2017, Chris has a good knowledge of local sporting activities and successfully developed a Healthy Living Initiative – a focus on ensuring adults with learning disabilities have access to sports activities in their area. “Go Ability’s work is so important as everyone has the right to access affordable sports opportunities where they are, however for adults with a learning disability this equality is still lacking.”
“Go Ability Trust sources up to date info, works with local service providers and can signpost people towards new experiences – leading to a healthier happier life. “In future I hope Go Ability will become the driving force behind many large sports projects. Knowing that the work we’re supporting has a massive influence to the daily lives of adults with learning disabilities is one of the biggest rewards you can have as a trustee and a volunteer.”
Below: Lord Mayor of Canterbury with Trustee Christine Cook at the 2018 Strawberry Tea Party