TRUSTEES' Week starts on November 13 and what better time to celebrate the vital contribution of these fantastic volunteers Across the UK.

There are more than one million trustees, and in Wirral and the surrounding area there are more than 100 trustees working on behalf of Scouting.

Each one has a special responsibility to provide the stability and good governance every charity needs in order to flourish.

As chair of the Scout Association's Board of Trustees, I ask myself, what difference do I make as a trustee?

For me, it comes down to five things: stewardship, scrutiny, strategy, support, and skills.

So this Trustees' Week, I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have already stepped up to the plate and are putting something back into their communities.

I would also like to encourage more young people to come forward and serve as Trustees – your energy and ideas are invaluable if we want to continue to help the next generation develop the skills to succeed in life.

Ann Limb, The Scout Association