Trustees’ Week 2020 – stories, webinars and Q&A to find out about becoming a trustee in Reading

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RVA Advice Service Manager
Article date
23 October 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event that celebrates the role of volunteer trustees that takes place all over the country. This year it will be taking place virtually between 2 and 6 November 2020 and there’s plenty on offer for everyone!

Trustees are volunteers who take on the ultimate legal, strategic and oversight responsibility for a charity or community group. They play a vital leadership role in their organisation. Reading proudly boasts hundreds of voluntary and community groups, from the household names to smaller community groups rooted in our communities.

We invite you to join in with Trustees’ Week 2020 and we’ll be celebrating in three ways below.


1. For charities: Take 5 and tell us about your fabulous trustees!

We all know inspiring people, more often than not these are the people who are quietly getting on with helping in the background. Do you have a story to share about one of your volunteer trustees?

  • Maybe they helped adapt your strategy in the last 7 months?
  • Maybe they were able to digest and explain the financials clearly and simply so the charity could make those key decisions with confidence.
  • Perhaps they kept a clear and compassionate vision and supported the staff and volunteer team to stay focussed on key objectives for the charity.

Share your stories on social media during Trustees’ Week 2020 and tag us @rva_news on twitter. Also if you are looking for trustees, don’t forget you can post your opportunities on our volunteering page through this link. 


2. For Trustees or those thinking about it: webinars and events

If you’re a trustee or thinking about the role, we’ve curated a list of online talks and webinars taking place during Trustees’ Week 2020 and you can join in wherever you are!

Monday 2 November

  • 14:00 – 15:00  Charity Finances and premises, the basics. Hosted by: Getting on Board. Cost: £15 (or £5 unwaged rate) Register here
  • 18:00 – 19:00 Recruiting with diversity in mind. Hosted by: Getting on Board. Cost: £15 (or £5 unwaged rate) Register here

Tuesday 3 November

  • 08:30 – 09:30 Governance in Challenging times. Hosted by: Pilotlight. Speakers: NLCF, ACEVO and DSC. Cost: Free. Register here
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Charity Governance Code updates and how your charity can implement them. Hosted by: NCVO. Cost: Free. Register here
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Charity fundraising, refining your skills. Hosted by: Getting on Board. Cost: £15 (or £5 unwaged rate) Register here
  • 17:00 – 18:00 How to be strategic. Hosted by: Getting on Board. Cost: £15 (or £5 unwaged rate) Register here

Wednesday 4 November

  • 2pm to 3pm:  Governance and the principles of equality, equity and diversity (£5). Register here.

Thursday 5 November

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Organisational Resilience, what trustees need to consider. Host: NCVO. Speakers: Bates Wells, Association of Chairs, Charity Finance Group. Cost: Free. Register here
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Safeguarding for Trustees. Host: Getting on Board. Cost: £15 (or £5 unwaged rate) Register here

Friday 6 November

  • 14:00 – 15:00 Managing Volunteers and Staff. Host: Getting on Board. Cost: £15 (or £5 unwaged rate) Register here

3. For anyone thinking about volunteering as a Trustee in Reading – lunchtime Q&A on 6 Nov.

If you have been considering volunteering as a trustee and want to find out more about the role and what opportunities there are locally to volunteer, join the RVA team for an introduction to the Volunteer Trustee role, a friendly lunchtime session where you can also ask your burning questions:

  • What do trustees do?
  • What are they responsible for?
  • How do you become one?
  • What opportunities are available locally?
  • How do I know if a charity is for me?
  • What experience do I need?

This is a lunchtime session so do feel free to bring your lunch and a cuppa. The session will be delivered by Steve Hendry, Volunteering Development Manager and Herjeet Randhawa, Advice Service Manager, both of whom have considerable experience of supporting volunteers, charities and trustees in Reading.

Register for the session below.

If you need some more inspiration, take a look at these fantastic case studies from the Young Trustees Movement.

Looking forward to seeing you there!