TRUSTEES WEEK: VICTORIA WALDEN

This week, we are celebrating Trustees Week (4-8 November)!

We are delighted to have recently welcomed 3 new Trustees to the Cinema For All Board. We asked newly Elected Trustee, Victoria Walden, some questions about her experience so far, and what advice she would give to anyone thinking of becoming a Trustee.

Why did you decide to become a trustee of Cinema For All?
I started volunteering at Deptford Cinema – a volunteer run film and art space in South East London – in 2017. I was very quickly hooked! I thought Deptford Cinema was one of a kind, but when I was introduced to Cinema for All through the annual conference and awards ceremony, I discovered there were so many more community cinemas across the country.

I have been fortunate to work with incredibly established and first time filmmakers on collaborative projects at Deptford Cinema, and to co-lead a travelling cinema for older people in our borough. When the opportunity arose to get involved with Cinema for All, I jumped at the chance to support the role of cinema in communities at a national level.

What do you enjoy most about your role as Trustee?
I was only elected as Trustee in September at the AGM at the annual conference, so I’m still very new and looking forward to completing my induction, my first board meeting, and coming out to visit community cinemas across the UK next year. If you would welcome a visit from me, please do get in touch! I’m really excited about learning what different groups are doing.

Do you have any advice for people who want to become a Trustee?
Do it! As an elected Trustee, you will be representing the voices of community cinema. There is a lot to take in during the first few months, particularly in relation to understand charity governance and regulations. However, you can’t be expected to retain it all on the first read. Keep referring back to documents regularly and most importantly never be afraid to ask questions! Even as the newbie, I have felt incredibly welcomed by the Cinema for All staff and Trustees. There is a great induction programme and you’ll get a supportive mentor too!