Trustees’ Week 7th to 13th November 2016
Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great role that trustees play and to highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.
Essex has a rich and varied voluntary sector working across the county to provide support, information and advice to residents. Groups within the sector range from small volunteer run lunch clubs to organisations with million pound turnovers. Within this diversity there is one thing in common – they are all run by local people giving up their time as trustees.
Trustees are the backbone of every charity and community organisation. They are people with business skills and knowledge who support a charity’s aims by sharing their time and expertise to help. This could be by helping to oversee a charity’s finances, accounting and reporting requirements; helping to recruit staff; managing organisational policies; supporting business planning and implementation of plans; or leading on fundraising.
The usual commitment for trustees is attendance at regular board meetings. These can be quarterly, bi-monthly or monthly and varies from board to board. Larger organisations will usually employ staff for the day to day management of the charity and the board’s role will then be to oversee, steer and ensure compliance with the Charity Commission and Companies House as appropriate.
It is usually expected that some time will be volunteered between board meetings, e.g. to review policies, prepare job descriptions, or develop business plans, but these hours can be carried out at flexible times to fit with existing commitments.
Often trustees will also act as advocates for the charity and may attend events to represent the work of the charity.
Volunteers interested in becoming a Trustee may also wish to consider the role of School Governor.
SAVS Southend are holding a Trustee Information Event on 8th November 2016. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.