‘Choose a charity that aligns with your values’ – it’s Trustee Week next week

Author's position
Advice Worker
Article date
7 November 2018
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Next week is national Trustee Week: an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. There are approximately 850,000 volunteer Trustees in England and the UK is ranked the 6th most giving country in the world! This is definitely something to celebrate.

Things to look out for next week and some resources:
  1. Webinar 15 Nov: 5 Ways to Foster Deeper Engagement with your Trustees
  2. 6 Tips for Trustees – courtesy of Ascentis
  3. The Essential Trustee short video series – courtesy of the FSI
  4. Free guide for Chairs: A Chair’s Compass  
  5. Charity Trustee Recruitment Guide from ICSA
  6. RVA knowledge Base – Governance section
  7. RVA Advice Service

Here are some trustee stories from Reading’s charities from earlier in the year.

“If you are committed to the cause then spending evenings at the trustee meetings will energise you. So my advice would be to choose a charity which is deeply aligned with your core values and also one you can truly add value to yourself.” Victoria – Trustee for Launchpad

“We found the self assessment very useful, especially as it was written in clear jargon-free language. However, what was even more valuable was having [RVA] take time to understand our organisation, read our policies and procedures, and assess them from an independent perspective” Ian, Trustee for Dingley’s Promise, re RVA Safe and Sound Award

If you’re holding your AGM, why not take a moment to share a trustee story. Email these to herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk

If you’re looking to volunteer as a Trustee, here are some current opportunities:

“We believe that everyone can love later life – we do this by inspiring, supporting and enabling in a number of ways.” Age UK Berkshire are looking for a volunteer Treasurer

“The Ridgeline Trust help people to learn new skills, regain lost skills and improve mental and physical health in our beautiful garden in East Readin.” The Ridgeline Trust are seeking a volunteer secretary

“We are a leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) help and support service based in the South East of England” Support U are looking for someone with an accountancy of financial background to join their Board.

Take a look at all volunteer trustee opportunities here  (enter the word ‘trustee’ in the search box).

Need an introduction or refresher about the trustee role, sign up to RVA Trustee Training in February. 

Coming next week in our news digest: an update from the NCVO annual Trustee Conference, in particular the Code of Ethics and the Chair/CEO relationship.