I wanted to have some kind of influence over what the Board decides, be it big or small.  It’s a bit like having your say.  It is important as someone who receives support from Freespace to have the opportunity to voice things through the Board.  This in turn makes me feel more empowered having some control over what happens.  For me the most important thing is that staff and supported people are happy, that we have stability, consistency and support for staff as well as supported people.  The Board needs input from all sides to work successfully.  Charities have the same issues, not just financial but about people feeling supported.  Volunteering on the Board brings me a sense of purpose, giving time for the bigger good.  For me a perfect day is getting the support in the way I want it.