Submitted by hannah.roderick on 8 Nov 2017 - 4:24pm
Across 13-18 November, MVDA and RCVDA are campaigning locally for the recruitment of new trustees or management committee members to strengthen voluntary and community organisations across South Tees.
Trustees ensure that a charity complies with charity law and that it is well-run, in good financial shape and delivering its charitable objectives to the best of its ability.
There is a misconception that to be a trustee you must have the ‘right’ experience and should wait to be invited to take on a role, or reach a certain maturity in age or career level. Whilst financial, legal and management skills are invaluable to a board, other skills are sought after too. For example, only 0.5% of trustees are aged 18-24 years old, despite a growing need for expertise in areas such as: social media, crowdfunding and how to engage with younger beneficaries.
To be a responsible trustee, you just need to have a basic understanding of the role of charity in society. Generally, you will not be expected to have board level experience. What is vital is that you feel passionate about the mission of the charity you join.
Discover if trusteeship is for you, read our Trustee Week 2017 guide containing:
- details of Trustee vacancies with organisations operating across Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland;
- useful resources for trustees and those considering trusteeship;
- inspiring stories of local trustees, how they came to be involved in their organisations and how they have got so much more out than they put in...
Note for voluntary and community organisations: This guide has been printed and posted across South Tees to attract local professionals, from solicitors to GPs, to trusteeship. Check our Twitter page @MVDANews throughout the week for other promotional material you can share across your own pages and together, we will strengthen and diversify our boards to benefit our communities!