Trustees Week – Building Stronger Charities through Good Leadership

Trustees’ week runs from 7th to 13th November this year and Community Voluntary Service will be 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.

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 Their first ever trustee recruitment session will take place on Thursday 10th November between 4pm and 7pm.

 

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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.  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.

Get into conversation with a trustee of a local organisation and you will soon find that the role is both rewarding and demanding.  John Owen, newly appointed trustee from local charity Amicus Trust, says it is important to do it for the right reasons. His advice to someone thinking about becoming a trustee  –

 

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John Owen, is a natural questioner with experience in projects and finance. A perfect fit for his trustee role at Amicus Trust in Bedford.

photograph by H Hall

It is important to have a connection with the organisation you are working for.  If you don’t feel this,      then you will become disconnected. So, ensure that the aims and objectives of the organisation that      you will be volunteering for match with your own interests and passions. “

One of the ways that Community Voluntary Service plans to celebrate Trustees Week is by supporting our local charities in promoting their Trustee Vacancies. We will be running a special trustee recruitment session on 10 November, between 4.00 and 7.00 pm at 43 Bromham Road.  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.

Through the month we will also 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 our website and twitter accounts – we will be raising awareness of the value of trustees to organisations, and supporting trustees by providing information and sign-posting to resources.

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.

We know that hundreds of our 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.  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 info@cvsbeds.org.uk or find us on social media – @CVSBeds | @VolunteerBeds www.cvsbeds.org

 

 

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.

Contact:   Martin Trinder, Chief Executive, martin@cvsbeds.org.uk,  01234 354 366

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