What's your name and what's your role with XLP?
My name's Suru Douglas, and I'm one of the trustees for XLP.
What's the role of a trustee at XLP?
It's all about supporting the great team that works for XLP and ensuring that the organisation is fulfilling its vision and purpose. As trustees, we have different backgrounds, skills, and experience that combined make for a well-rounded board that is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the charity. We meet regularly throughout the year to develop strategy, agree certain legal and financial obligations and to pray for XLP's mission to create positive futures for young people growing up in inner-city communities in London.
Last year, over 4,000 young people engaged in XLP programmes and 94% of those who regularly attend XLP projects are involved in more than one. These numbers reflect XLP’s continued commitment to putting young people first. The dedication and enthusiasm is clear whenever you talk to anyone working for XLP as it’s all about the kids! I’m incredibly honoured to be a part of it.
Christmas is a time of hope. What does this time of year mean to you and what are your hopes for XLP and the lives of young people?
We can look back on the past year through a lens of reflection and learning while also looking forward with renewed hope for the future. As a trustee, I’m excited to see what 2023 will bring for XLP. I have no doubt that the next year will give more and more young people the opportunity to truly define who they are and make their own positive way in the world.