Our plans for National Trustees’ Week (2-8 Nov) – get involved

If you are a Trustee or Committee Member or interested in governance or trusteeship, then we hope you’ll come and get involved with us during National Trustees’ Week coming soon.

Trustees’ Week is 2nd – 8th November and you can read about the National programme and what’s going on here.

We’ve recently outlined in our newsletters about various events that we were planning for the week, but instead we’ve simplified things and are this year focusing around one main “Trustees Network” meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday 3rd November at Cromwell Road Community Fire Station. More details below.

Trustees Network Meeting

Tue 3rd Nov, 1 – 4.30pm at Cromwell Road Community Fire Station.
1pm start (refreshments, networking and sign in from 12.45pm)
Free to attend to anyone interested in trusteeship, governance or committee skills. Whether you are a board member, trustee, committee member or thinking about this, then come along.
Booking essential – contact Karl Elliott at VANEL (karl@vanel.org.uk, 01472 361043)

Charity Commission guidance to charity Trustees has been simplified but also strengthened recently. There are many things that Trustees “should” do. Do you and your board understand these obligations? Do you understand the checks that you need to carry out to ensure your trustees are fit and eligible to hold that role?

This topic – “what does ‘should’ really mean” will be the first topic of the afternoon to kick off our discussions. After that, and throughout the afternoon, we’ll be talking about – and discussing together in a workshop/network style forum – a range of important topics that affect boards, committees, trustees and volunteers. Every 15 minutes we’ll switch topics to keep the discussions moving along and fresh.

We’ll discuss issues around recruitment, the code of good governance, technology, approaches to funding, measuring impact and much more. We’ve already got a range of topics to cover, but if the audience wants to ‘pitch’ something for us to discuss together then that’s what we’ll discuss.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend (contact Karl as above). If you are coming, perhaps you could let us know of one or more issue, problems, challenges or questions that are on your mind – maybe we can add them into the plans for the afternoon.

See you there.

An introduction to the Trustee role

We also have a number of groups and volunteers talking to us about our “Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees” introductory, two hour workshop (aimed at prospective or new trustees or committee members). We’ve filled a couple of these sessions already and we’re now scheduling more sessions on demand and we’d like to hear from anyone who would like to attend.

Normally now we charge £10 per person to attend these sessions, but up to the end of National Trustees’ Week we have 12 places available for free to the first people to contact us to book. (Limited to 2 people per group/board/committee and subject to a few other terms and conditions). Contact Karl Elliott (karl@vanel.org.uk or 01472 361043) to discuss or book.

The next “Roles and Responsibilities” session will be scheduled for November sometime once we have enough bookings.

In the meantime, why not go and read the updated “Essential Trustee” from the Charity Commission. All Trustees (new or otherwise) should be familiar with this guidance, and it’s useful for anyone attending our Roles sessions.

Developing the next generation of charity leaders

We’re also organising a special event on Friday 6th November hosted at Franklin College as part of both Trustees’ Week and National Youth Work Week. This “Young People’s Voice” event will involve our local MPs and Leon Ward (a nationally recognised youth trustee advocate) and will be a way for young people to discuss and debate how they can take an increasingly active and important part of leadership of our communities.

Leon has recently been involved with a new guide “Young Trustees Guide” which should be of interested to any young people expanding their leadership horizons as well as to local charities and groups thinking about involving younger people with their own committees and boards. You can download the report for a read here.

We’re looking forward to this event and will share stories and learning from it after the end of National Trustees’ Week.

Next steps

If you’re interested in the Trustees Network meeting on Tue 3rd Nov, or in putting your name down for a “Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees” training session then please let us know. If you’ve got any other governance or trustee related queries, you can also get in touch.

Karl Elliott