As with many charities, Emmaus Oxford‘s success relies on the support of local people including those who volunteer as trustees. Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to support and steer the direction of our charity.

Nick Rose is the latest trustee to join our board. We caught up with him during national Trustees’ Week to ask him about his journey to Emmaus and his outlook as a trustee…

“I spent most of my working life as a Psychiatrist and Family Therapist in Oxford before leaving the NHS to work for International Medical Aid Organisations providing mental health services to people affected by mass disaster such as Earthquakes and Typhoons.

“The reason I love Emmaus Oxford (I’ve been part of the Welfare Committee for nearly five years) is that it does what it says on the tin.  Supporting people from all backgrounds and cultures in getting back their confidence and independence. And it does this in a very chilled out non-Institutional way. When I come in, it always feels like a home, and I think that’s great.

“As a new trustee, I want to do everything I could to protect that, including getting the balance right between the need for Emmaus to run as a profitable business, and the need to provide a supportive helpful place for people to be.”

Find out more about volunteering for Emmaus Oxford.