Induction and Refresher Training

There are some things that new Trustees just need to know. And over time, even Trustees who have served for a while can do with a refresher to remind them what they’ve perhaps forgotten.

So our short, two hour “Induction and Refresher” training sessions are excellent for both brand new trustees joining a board for the first time, and for trustees who perhaps need that refresh.

The Charity Commission outlines the roles and responsibilities of all Trustees in “The Essential Trustee”. Every trustee should read this – perhaps even before they join a board. And guides such as “The Good Trustee” Guide are the ‘encyclopaedia’ that you need to refer to. But we hope our face-to-face group approach to bringing you up to speed is the easiest way to go.

You’ll cover all the basics. What you must do, what you should do, what you shouldn’t do. What your responsibilities and obligations are. How you should behave. How you should get support. How you can develop. How you can work as part of your team. What regulations should you refer to. How can you grow into your role. What are good practices. And much more.

Note: Other opportunities for similar training are available. The most obvious example is NCVO’s own “Induction and Refresher Training” (here). But that’s a full day, £195 per person course and involves costs of a trip to London. We’re local, shorter, sweeter and just as useful to you. Hopefully the VANEL £10 per person price tag looks good value!

The next dates for the “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” are:
Tuesday 5th September 2017, 10am-12noon at VANEL offices in Grimsby
Wednesday 27th September, 2pm-4pm

Tuesday 24th November, 3-5pm

More about the session

Over the course of two hours we’ll help you to understand the role of a trustee or committee member a bit better, so you know what you should and shouldn’t do, how you need to behave and what you need to do to be effective.

This short, introductory course is a great start for anyone joining a board for the first time (or needing a refresher). If you’ve been in the role for a while, then hopefully you already know what you’re supposed to be doing!

If you can’t make one of the sessions, then here’s a quick run-down of some resources that you should take a look at if you are a new Trustee or Committee Member. With a bit of luck your organisation should have introduced you to most of these during the induction process, but you may have missed some. We’ll cover these resources in the training session too.

About Trusteeship

Don’t forget:
If you are on the board of a registered charity then you are likely to be a Trustee, and the Charity Commission covers what you do.
If your organisation is also a limited company then you could be a Company Director as well, and will be addressed by Companies House and company law.
If your organisation is constituted but not necessarily a charity, then you are a Committee Member but not necessarily a Trustee, and your constitution or governing documents will be an important place to start reading.

Here’s an overview of the legal duties of a Trustee on the KnowHowNonProfit website:

The Charity Commission website is here  with information about the Trustee role and managing the board. Their overview here  is a good place to start.

Every Trustee should start by making themselves aware of the “Essential Trustee”.

As part of a board or committee, you should be seriously looking at how your entire board works – it’s governance approach – and what your part is in this process. One good tool for this is the voluntary Code of Good Governance:

This sets out principles etc that you and the committee/board should be following. You can use the code in many ways (we cover this during our training), but in my opinion every Trustee should be knowledgeable about the code.

There’s obviously a lot more detail in being a competent, safe and effective Trustee, but at the very least you should be familiar with all those resources above.

Course Practicalities

Sessions are currently held at VANEL offices in Grimsby at the Willows, 23 Bargate, DN34 4SS (unless otherwise stated).

Please book your place via Karl Elliott,, or 01472 361043

The cost of this session is currently being kept very low – £10 per person for Member or Friend organisations or £15 for individuals from other organisations. (Or Free for Young Leaders – see notes below).

What’s in the course?

During the two hour training course we will help Trustees learn:

what they must do
what they should do
what they could do
how to behave
how to be useful to the organisation
how to learn and develop themselves and gain from trusteeship
how to get support
how to work as an individual trustee but also as part of the team
and more…

We’ll take a look at:

Trusteeship – both an opportunity and a responsibility
The legal trustee
The principled trustee
The purposeful trustee
The well behaved trustee
The skilled trustee
The effective trustee
The supported trustee

To book or for further information, please contact us.

Younger Trustees

As part of our support for younger leaders and trustees we will be able to subsidise this course by 100% for young people on your boards who you would like to put through the training.
If you are aged 18-25 and interested in the course then talk to us about booking.  Or if you are a charity with younger people on your board we can also discuss whether their places will be free.

Check scheduled dates for next courses here.