Kit Dollard – Chair of the Board of Trustees
‘’After 45 years in paid employment in the military, then the city, followed by property, and last of all the Church, I was looking to give back to society. Marriage Care specialises in marriage and relationships and promoting relationship skills, and for me it was just the vehicle that I needed. On the way I’ve learnt a few new skills, I’ve had a lot of fun, I’ve met some wonderful people and as a front line volunteer I’ve had the privilege to meet couples in that first phase of love, as well as helping to repair some broken relationships.
Perhaps more importantly I have helped an organisation deliver its goals to thousands of couples each year and with the help of nearly 650 volunteers. For me it’s a reminder that in giving our time we always receive back more than we actually give, and that for me is surprising, humbling and it’s a privilege’’.
Dr Clare Watkins – Trustee
‘’I’ve been a Trustee for Marriage Care for about four years. It took me a bit by surprise when I was asked – I’m not a lawyer, an accountant, or senior manager, so I think at first I was worried I wouldn’t have much to contribute. But it became clear quite quickly that this was an organisation which valued a variety of gifts and a range of voices in the decision making processes.
It’s been a really joyful thing to do, working with such committed people, such able people with skills that I don’t have, but all the time feeling what little things I do bring are valued.
And it’s just such a great honour to be part of a board that really serves such a remarkable group, and a large group, of volunteers who give of their time and of their wisdom so generously.’’