A UNIQUE speed dating night for charities and potential trustees has been hailed as a success.
Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester held the first event of its kind to match individuals with community groups who are seeking new trustees to help to run them.
Dozens of people attended the occasion at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester this month.
A real buzz filled the air as existing trustees spelled out the duties of the role and organisations, who had been coached in ‘selling’ their work, networked to chat with them in the hope of finding a match.
Lillian Holdsworth, one of the Deputy Lieutenants of West Sussex, said: “The buzz, post presentations, indicated just how successful the evening was. Everyone appeared to be animated and I witnessed quite a few pairings.”
Her fellow Deputy Lieutenant, Margaret Bamford, described the event as “focussed, brief, appropriate, reassuring and informative – well worth the effort at the end of a long busy day”.
The evening was hosted by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mark Spofforth OBE and is set to be repeated in the Arun district in hope of another success because members of VAAC say they struggle to recruit trustees.