Being a Trustee at ESTEEM: Rebecca’s Story

“I’ve been doing voluntary work, with charities, for a long time now, and it’s unlocked a lot of new things for me. It’s helped me see new ways of living.”

Rebecca Rieley
Rebecca outside of ESTEEM smiling
Rebecca on her way into a trustee meeting at ESTEEM.

Rebecca has been a trustee at ESTEEM for three years now. Recently she caught up with Dan to reflect on her time at ESTEEM so far.

How and when did you first get involved with ESTEEM?

“I moved to Brighton in 2018 and saw they were looking for help with drop-ins. I liked ESTEEM’s aims and what they were doing. I enquired and was invited to be part of the board as a volunteer trustee.”

What does your role as a trustee involve?

“My role as a trustee involves working with other trustees, staff and young adults to discuss and decide on the goals and future direction of ESTEEM. I also oversee that our activities meet our goals and that funds are allocated accordingly. For me, It’s exciting that young adults have a say in the direction of ESTEEM and are actively involved in its progression.”

Why did you decide to start volunteering with ESTEEM?

“I loved what they aim to do. I feel it’s really important that young adults have a space to be themselves, a space to interact with other young adults judgement-free, and to explore their own personal development. That’s something I’m very passionate about. 

Also, I’d recently moved to Brighton, and it was a way to get to know other people passionate about helping their communities. so the social aspect was a part of it for me too.”

What has volunteering with ESTEEM been like for you so far?

“I really enjoy it. It’s very rewarding, not just to be helping others, but also because I personally have built new skills through volunteering. I’ve been doing voluntary work, with charities, for a long time now and it’s unlocked a lot of new things for me. It’s helped me see new ways of living.”

Would you encourage others to volunteer with ESTEEM, and if so why?

“Yes, I would. People should look to volunteer as a way to meet a lot of great people. There’s a very special network of people at ESTEEM, from staff to young adults. Being around the young adults and interacting with them sees me channel my energy into useful things.. 

There’s also something very rewarding in feeding into, nurturing and helping to build your local community.” 


Are you interested in volunteering at ESTEEM? If you’re 26+ you can get involved as a mentor, counsellor, or activities volunteer. If you’re under 26 you can get involved as a media or activities volunteer.

To find out more information, email us at hello@esteem.org.uk or call +44 7490 447333