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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01932 571122