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You can be a trustee

Chamber News, Member News 31st January 2019

Renfrewshire’s voluntary sector has launched a campaign to recruit new trustees to local charities and community groups.

Engage Renfrewshire is working with Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, local schools and businesses to encourage people to develop their professional skills by becoming a trustee.

Freda Robertson, trustee at Home-Start Renfrewshire & Inverclyde said “I joined Home-Start as a family visiting volunteer then became a trustee just over 3 years ago. I have learnt a lot on many different levels regarding employment law, health and safety, and quality assurance, plus have made friends with many fellow trustees along the way.”

At Renfrew Development Trust, Kevin Milliken has also been a trustee for 3 years. He said “I am a trustee because when you get to be part of the planning and development of an organisation, it is very beneficial. I’ve gained new skills and experience, and I am part of developing something which benefits the community.”

UK charity law requires registered charities and community groups to have a Board of Trustees, to ensure that a charity, its staff, volunteers, service users and finances are safe and well managed. However, trustees also support the strategic direction of an organisation, and sometimes get involved in other ways, such as events or supporting fundraising.

Volunteer Development Officer at Engage Renfrewshire, Karen Miller, said “You don’t need a specialist qualification or senior management experience to become a trustee. You just need to believe in a local cause, and be prepared to help them with their governance and planning.”

“Being a trustee is so attractive to employers because it’s about professional development; particularly around developing leadership skills. A trustee role can often make a CV stand out above the rest.”

She added “we’ve got loads of opportunities with fantastic organisations, to suit everyone’s interests and availability. It doesn’t need a huge commitment; most Boards meet every 8-12 weeks. Being a trustee isn’t about endless meetings in cold halls, it’s about using and developing your skills to support a cause you believe in.”

If you would like to hear more about becoming a trustee, and being matched to an organisation that suits your interests and availability, contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com or 0141 887 8900.

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