Have you ever thought about becoming a trustee – but were too afraid to ask?
During National Trustees’ Week, which starts on Monday 12th November, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils and the charity Community Impact Bucks are showcasing local trustee opportunities through video case studies, dispelling the myths around trusteeship and encouraging everyone to find out more.
We’re also saying thank you to all the wonderful trustees keeping charities in Chiltern and South Bucks running.
Trustees sit on the board of a charity or community group. They ensure that the organisation has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with its vision.
They may have specific skills and experience in areas including finance, HR, marketing and communications and law. Without trustees, there would be no charities helping people in need and changing lives for the better.
You don’t have to be at a particular point in your life, or necessarily need any specific skills or experience to be a trustee– sometimes passion and enthusiasm is all that is required. In return, trusteeship provides excellent practical experience and leadership training for people from all backgrounds.
Cllr Liz Walsh, Chiltern District Council portfolio holder for healthy communities, said: “Trustees’ Week is an opportunity to say thank you to all those people who give their time and energy to keep our cherished local charities running. We’re also hoping that it might inspire some new people who may have never even considered trusteeship before to give it a go. There are so many charities in Buckinghamshire in desperate need of trustees and you could well be exactly what they are looking for.”
Cllr Patrick Hogan, South Bucks District Council portfolio holder for healthy communities, said: “This week we’re aiming to dispel some of the myths around trusteeship, and encourage more people to become trustees. There are so many benefits both for the trustees and the charities they serve. As a trustee you have the opportunity to become involved in worthwhile and interesting activities, bring new perspectives to aid organisations and benefit yourself in learning skills and local knowledge. I would encourage anyone who is interested to find out more.”
Hazel Finney, Volunteering Lead at Community Impact Bucks, said: “The need to recruit new trustees continues to be of critical importance for many charities and community groups in Buckinghamshire. Through our partnership with Reach Volunteering, the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK, we enable organisations to easily advertise their vacancies, and for people to find their perfect trustee roles. We also offer tailored advice and training.”
To watch the videos of current trustees, go to our YouTube channels:
To explore some of the current trustee vacancies in Buckinghamshire, go to https://communityimpactbucks.org.uk/volunteering/i-want-to-volunteer/types-of-volunteering/become-a-trustee/ or call 0300 111 1250.