Angela and Independent Options

Woman at charity

Trustee brings campaigning and lobbying expertise to disability charity 

Angela Beagrie became a trustee for Independent Options after seeing the opportunity through Reach. She has contributed policy, lobbying and campaigning expertise having worked in the NHS and Downing Street and has had a profound impact on the charity’s strategic direction.  

Organisation: Independent Options
Volunteer: Angela Beagrie
Skills offered: Policy and strategy

Angela Beagrie, Head of Compliance with NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, was delighted to see on LinkedIn a volunteer opportunity posted by Reach that was just what she was looking for. She was keen to use her professional skills to help a charity that needed those skills to succeed.

Via Reach, Angela was appointed as a trustee for Independent Options, a charity providing a range of services to people with learning disabilities in Stockport, Trafford and sections of Greater Manchester.

Jim Grassick, Chair of the charity’s Board, says, "In Angela’s case, we were looking for someone who might help us in our dealings with local Members of Parliament, as we tried to publicise the plight of some of our users’ parents, who we feel are unjustly treated by the local authority. Not deliberately, but by accident as they are lumped together with everyone else. Angela brought this experience. She had worked as a Special Advisor in the political office in No.10 Downing Street, advising on lobbying strategies."

"However, Angela has brought a lot more to the charity. She has experience of writing company strategies. She is focused on turning information into actions."

"It’s fantastic," Angela says of her appointment, "I’d only been there a few months and already helped to write their strategic plan. I’m now working on a campaign to get the support of the local MPs for the issues affecting the families we work with."

"I didn’t realise so much was going on locally.  There were so many opportunities and charities that need the skills you can offer."

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