Committee member Rich writes:
Jackie Langley had decided to stand down as a trustee this year, so she has more time to focus on other important projects closer to home.
Jackie has been on the committee for around 12 years. When the organisation hit a difficult patch in 2008 with only a very small committee, she was instrumental in restructuring the committee and ensuring the organisation survived and strengthened.
As with many organisations, Trustees and committee members often do work that isn’t published or talked about, it just goes on in the background, equally as important as the more public role they play. Jackie is no exception and has carried out training courses raising awareness of LGBT issues, mainly with health and social care bodies, and represented Rainbow Alliance on health and social care partnership groups, forcefully raising issues with statutory bodies. Jackie also has a talent for writing very eloquent letters on behalf of the Trustees especially on important issues.
On a personal note I would like to say how welcome Jackie made me feel when I joined Rainbow Alliance and became a trustee. Having never worked with an LGBTQ+ organisation before, I felt very safe having Jackie there to help educate and offer her experience of the issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
On behalf of all of the trustees and members at Rainbow Alliance, I would like to thank Jackie for her complete dedication to the charity and to the LGBTQ+ community. We look forward to seeing Jackie at future social events.