Be 1 in a Million!

This week is Trustees’ Week, so we are joining in by celebrating and showcasing Warwickshire’s contribution to the Million trustees in the UK.

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

So what are trustees?
Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Also known as directors, board members, governors and committee members, trustees are the people who make decisions that will impact on people’s lives.

Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. They also often learn new skills during their time on the board. Depending on what the charity does, trustees make a difference to their local community or to society as a whole.

In the UK, there are just over 1 Million trustees serving on the boards of 194,000 charities. More young people are becoming trustees, with some 86,000 trustee positions held by 16-34 year olds. In Warwickshire 10% of all those volunteering are in a trustee role with their charities.

Where can I find out more?
Throughout the week we will be sharing inspiring stories of Warwickshire trustees on our website and via twitter. We’d love to hear your stories too, tweet us @wcavaorg #1inaMillion.

For information on trustee roles in Warwickshire, click here and select ‘Join’ to access Volunteer Connect and view trustee roles.

We have also produced a range of factsheets and guidance to support trustees fulfil your charitable missions more effectively. Visit our resources section here.

For more information on Trustees’ Week, visit: http://trusteesweek.org.

Good governance in charities is essential, the Charity Governance Code is practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance.

Last week we launched our unique Governance Game training for trustees and we have had some really positive feedback, “I have learned so much and will be recommending all of our trustees attend this training”. If you would like to improve your governance and trustee’s effectiveness contact Alison Orr, Training Manager aorr@wcava.org.uk. NCVO also have some great guidance and resources at https://knowhownonprofit.org/tools-resources/board-basics/, including trustee induction packs, skills audit toolkit.

Trustee profiles
We’ve asked some local trustees to share their stories about volunteering, we hope you too find them inspiring.

Alison Thompson - Chair of Trustees for Milby Nursery and Kids Club, Nuneaton
Daniel Brown - Chair of the Board of Trustees, Warwickshire Pride
Janet Wright - Trustee, Cherish Dementia Holiday Trust
Liz Watson - Trustee, Springfield Mind
Mathilde Robert - Vice Chair of Trustees, Warwickshire French Complementary School, Leamington Spa
Willy Goldschmidt - Chair of the Board of Trustees, Friends of St Cross, Rugby
Yaseen Ahmedabadi - Trustee, Equality and Inclusion Partnership

Trustee opportunities in Warwickshire
We’ve put together a short list of just some of the hundreds of volunteering opportunities currently available in Warwickshire:

North Warwickshire
Nuneaton & Bedworth
Rugby Borough
Stratford-upon-Avon District
Warwick District

To find out about any of these opportunities, or more, contact your local Volunteering Coordinator.


i Did you know that the way we all have to manage data is changing? In 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations come into force and trustees have a key responsibility to help their charities prepare for this. The Information Commissioners Office have produced some guidance, but also look out for the information session we are running in February to help you prepare.

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