Happy Trustees’ Week 2019 everyone! Reading is packed with social action stories and trusteeship is just one way of getting involved, this week join us in celebrating all the amazing work trustees do! This article also shares resources for trustees and opportunities for becoming a trustee.
Trustees’ Week is an annual occasion 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.
So here it is, the long-awaited video interview with our mystery trustee! Meet Lina Johansson, a trustee at The Rising Sun Arts Centre, a local art charity in Reading. In this video Lina explains how she got involved, transferable skills, the challenges faced and why she loves being a trustee there.
There are tons more trustee stories in our town! Join us on twitter throughout this week to meet them and learn more about challenges and top tips for new trustees!
Don’t forget to like and share and help us celebrate all these incredible stories from our town. We’d love to hear more stories, so why not post your own on twitter and tag us on @rva_news and we’ll share these too! Use hashtags #TrusteesWeek #RDGUK #volunteers #trustees.
So you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a trustee. Reading has a wide variety of charities. Below are some of the charities who are currently recruiting for trustees. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with finding a match. As one of our millennial trustees said: ‘Be fearless, go for it!’
- Age UK Reading – a small local charity who work within the National Age UK network to bring essential community services to older people in Reading and the surrounding area.
- Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) – a small charity that provides a truly valuable service to the many babies born ill or premature in Reading every year by supporting The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s neonatal unit.
- Berkshire MS Therapy Centre – a local charity providing support to the Multiple Sclerosis community throughout Berkshire and the surrounding counties.
- Elizabeth Fry Charity – a charity providing support to women, mostly on licence from prison, who have a range of complex needs.
- Enrych Berkshire – a local charity believing that people should not be defined by their disability but should be encouraged and enabled to reach their potential.
- Reading Association for the Blind – a small charity that enables sight impaired people to live full and active lives by providing the opportunity to take part in activities that they may otherwise not be able to.
- Reading Mencap – a small local charity originally set up by parents and providing support to people with a learning disability through a Family Support Service that gives information and advice.
- Ridgeline Trust – opportunity 1 – the charity provides Social and Therapeutic Horticultural Therapy for people with experience of physical or mental disabilities and other special needs.
- Ridgeline Trust – oppoortunity 2 – the above charity is also recruiting for a company secretary role.
- Support U – a charity providing support across Reading and the Thames Valley on LGBT+ related issues.
- West Reading Together – local community organisation that aims to bring people together and make the West Reading community stronger.
- You can find other volunteering opportunities all year round here.
Resources for trustees and potential trustees
- Trustee training held locally in Reading
- RVA Advice Service – local free advice to charities on governance and legal matters
- Video about trustee responsibilities from the Charity Commission
- NCVO are making their resources free during trustees week
- Treasurer Training held locally in Reading
- RVA Safe and Sound Quality Award – free charity accreditation for Reading charities
- Online guidance chapters from the Charity Commission
- A Chair’s Compass – guide from the Association of Chairs
- A Question of Balance – the relationship between CEO and Chair – guide from the Association of Chairs
- Guides from Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CASS)
- The Foundation for Social Improvement (The FSI) videos on essential trustee training
- You can find further resources through the RVA Knowledgbase
If you have any questions, do get in touch at email@example.com or call us on 01189 372273. We hope you enjoy Trustees’ Week 2019, thanks for flying the social action flag in Reading!