Trustees’ Week Aims to Build Stronger Charities through Good Leadership

What Is Trustees Week?

Trustees’ Week is an initiative run throughout the UK by Charities Commission, which this year has a focus on Stronger Charities through Good Leadership.  The objective is to showcase the great work that trustees do, and to highlight the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference in their local community. This is an open invitation for anyone who would like to volunteer in a trustee role, or is wondering what it might involve, to come along and see what roles are available.

When Is Trustees Week?

Trustees’ week runs from 7th to 13th November this year.

Community Voluntary Service are looking to help organisations by supporting trustees, helping to recruit new trustees, and raising the profile of the valuable work done by hundreds of volunteers for charities and voluntary groups in Bedfordshire.  Their first ever trustee recruitment session will take place on Thursday 10th November between 4pm and 7pm at 43 Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA (location map).

What Do Trustees Do?

Trustees have the overall legal responsibility for a charity – whether they are known as governors, or councillors, directors or committee members, they are the decision makers and retain the overall legal responsibility for an organisation.

Who Gets Involved?

Get into conversation with a Trustee or Executive of a local organisation and you will soon find that the role is both rewarding and demanding.  Alison Fisher, Chief Executive of Mind BLMK, has years of experience working with Trustees and knows that it is important to get the right team to steer safely into the unknown future.  She says that when seeking a new Trustee, her Board "looks for motivation, a team player, a belief that the person can make a difference at the strategic level and a questioning mind”.

CVS know that hundreds of their local small charities and the bigger ones too, are reliant on volunteers from all walks of life, with a passion for their cause and some business skills, to ensure that they have good governance.

Through the month CVS will be taking an insider look at Trustees from the view point of volunteers, organisations and staff to highlight some of the great work that is being done locally. Look out for posts on their website and twitter accounts and– They will be raising awareness of the value of trustees to organisations, and supporting trustees by providing information and sign-posting to resources.

Community Voluntary Service is a voluntary and community sector support organisation, offering a range of services in Bedfordshire, enabling local organisations and communities to make a difference.

Sample Events

CVS will be running some training during November that would give existing trustees some useful grounding to help support their organisations.

Safeguarding Awareness: On Monday 14 November, 10am - 1pm, in Biggleswade - a free session to enable those working or with small voluntary organisations and community groups to understand what is meant by safeguarding.

Fit for Funding:  On Tuesday 15 November, 2pm - 4pm, Bedford - a free two-hour workshop covering all the basics that will get an organisation to the stage where they will be able to apply for funding.

Who Do I Contact?

If you are a trustee looking for some advice, or if you want to find out more about becoming a trustee, contact CVS on 01234 354 366 or or find them on social media - @CVSBeds | @VolunteerBeds.