As the cuts begin to bite and school mergers begin to happen in Salford, pupils are being urged to take up the 27 school governors positions currently vacant in the city.
"I would encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in their community to consider volunteering" says Luke Dickinson from SGOSS "Being a governor is one of the most rewarding and important voluntary roles in education. If you have the time to attend between two and four meetings each term, then you could make a difference to the education of Salford children."
Becoming a governor, together with giving you a voice in future direction of your school, also allows you access to training and development in areas such as leadership and finance. It also is a highly respected voluntary role and an extremely positive statement for a C.V..
There are no special qualifications needed and governors come from all walks of life, but all have an interest in helping the community. Some governors are asked to participate in staff interviews and they are always welcome at events such as prize givings. In total most governors give up about an hour a week.
If you are interested in becoming a governor or want further information such as speaking to actual governors this can be gained from e-mailing email@example.com, who can put you in contact with existing governors from Salford schools. You can also call 020 7354 9805 or apply online at www.sgoss.org.uk.
Words and graphic by Gareth Lyons