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This is Trustees Week 2019

There are over 700,000 charity trustees in the UK leading and directing how our charities are managed and run. This is the week of the year when the spotlight turns on them and we thank them for their service to the many and varied voluntary groups up and down the country.

When I was considering content for our social media this week, my boss said “We have trustees – ask them why they do it” and I did.

Everyone of them said they wanted to make a difference to the Surrey community where their friends and family live. For a few who are newly retired, they felt their skills and experience were still relevant and useful and they wanted to share years of accumulated expertise. Having benefited from free, expert advice in HR, finance, management, team building and dynamics, IT, local government and social policy we agree! Being self employed, one of our board enjoys the ideas and discussions, sometimes spirited, and being part of a bigger decision making process. We also have a trustee who had been placed as a volunteer by VSNS and wanted to support us to make sure we continued to help organisations.

I also asked what made a good trustee and got lots of verbs in return – strong, reliable, thoughtful, trustworthy, stalwart, good in a crisis, punctual, passionate, charitable, sympathetic, loyal. All words for us to aspire to!

There are lots of reasons to be a trustee: passion for a cause or your community; retirement with skills to share; being part of something bigger or time on your hands to get involved. If any of these descriptions ring true and you’ve thought about being a trustee for a local charity we want to hear from you.

Contact alison@voluntarysupport.org.uk or call 01932 571122

More reading! 

Good Trustee Guide

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/governance/getting-started-in-governance/trustees

training

Training for Charities and Voluntary Organisations in Surrey

Learn new skills to improve your charity knowledge this autumn at training and workshop events covering a wide range of subjects:

  • Working with your Trustees – As a chair a big responsibility is finding and managing good trustees. It is not made easier by the fact most trustees are typically volunteers and have limited time and varied backgrounds. So why not come along to the launch of the working with trustees series where you can meet other chairs and learn good tips and tricks – Tuesday 24/9/19, 6pm-8pm, EC4V, London, £40 or free to AoC members, contact events@associationofchairs.org.uk
  • Trustees Duties and Responsibilities – Do you think your trustees understand their responsibilities or if you are a trustee are you confident with what is expected of you? During the seminar there will be a practical look at what it takes to be an effective trustee – 8/10/19, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Guildford Harbour Terrace GU1 3DA, Free, contact gordonreid@barlowrobbins.com, 01483464224
  • Recruiting Trustees – The focus of this trustee event is Recruiting Trustees. It will be an opportunity for the trustees of local nonprofits to share issues and successes and to hear about best practice in recruiting trustees https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/event/recruiting-trustees-event/
  • Grant and Trust Application Writing – One day free fundraising course for non profit organisations in Surrey concentrates on structuring and composing applications for grants and trusts (national and local) https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/event/application-writing-for-grants-and-trusts/
  • Social Media and Website Training – One day free social media and web training workshop for not for profit organisations in Surrey led by colleagues at Surrey County Council https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/event/website-and-social-media-workshop/
  • Volunteering and the Law – This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about or refresh your knowledge on volunteering and the law. It is designed as an overview of the current legislation relating to volunteers https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/event/volunteering-and-the-law/
  • Digital Fundraising – One day free fundraising course for non profit organisations concentrates on the increasing importance of using digital in all it’s forms to raise funds for your charity https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/event/digital-fundraising-training/
  • Successful Volunteer Management – One day free course covering the basics for developing a successful volunteer programme, including interaction and practical activities to allow participants to practice the skills needed to manage volunteers https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/event/successful-volunteer-management/

Sign up using the hyperlinks or contact details and we look forward to seeing you there!

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