Governance and Trusteeship
VANEL encourages and supports good governance across charities and voluntary and community groups. We share resources, provide training and support and can help boards develop their skills and recruit trustees.
What is governance? What is trusteeship? Basic information to understand how governance works and how VANEL can help.
Recruiting a Trustee
– Advice on recruiting to your board
– places to look to find trustees
– current local trustee vacancies
– recruiting via the Volunteer Centre
Common Board Issues
Recruitment to the board
Board behaviour issues
Starting out as a Trustee
Support for you as a Trustee
Training for new Trustees
– “Tea and Trustees” monthly support and discussions
Useful resources and information
Has your organisation got a Supporting Volunteers Award?
Supporting your Volunteer Board
How you can support your Trustees?
Developing your Board
Governance Training from VANEL
– What training can VANEL help with?
– Micro Governance Training sessions
– Roles and Responsibilities for Trustees
– Developing your Board training
– Technology for Trustees training
– Bespoke Training
Ask us about Governance
The weekly roundup from VANEL on good governance, charity trusteeship and non-profit leadership. News, information, resources and ideas. Complemented by our monthly “View from the Top” e-newsletter (Trustee Network members only), our “aboutgovernance” online discussion space for leaders and trustees and our @aboutgovernance Twitter feed.
What will make you and your fellow trustees strengthen your governance?
This is a crucial question. A significant amount of guidance, suggestions and resources exists to guide and encourage voluntary sector organisations, charities and social enterprises to look inwards, assess their governance practices and then take the necessary steps (sometimes painful, never easy) to make that governance the best it can possibly be. But that’s the problem – it’s all guidance. The only driver for change and improvement comes from trustees and board members themselves. We collectively need to ensure we take responsibility for being better.
This is a theme arising from a though provoking and challenging article on the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network. Every trustee should read it.
It comes just as the consultation period for the new Charity Governance Code comes to a close. In due course, taking feedback from the sector into consideration, the new, complete Code will be issued and available. So will we/you read it? will we act on it? will we change how we do our governance?
Quoting from the Guardian article:
The voluntary governance code has the right intent, but the proof of the pudding will be whether the sector can implement it without regulations to back it up. History, culture and attitudes suggest it won’t.
Lets all make our governance better – before legislation forces us to.
The way every trustee acts and behaves and the way their charity or non-profit acts and presents itself to the public has an influence on how people perceive charities. A few bad apple charities can provide the public with a negative perception of the sector as a whole.
Yet, the non-profit sector is hugely positive, beneficial, necessary and generally doing great work. We need to shout about this more. And, more than anything, we need to, collectively as a set of leaders, run our organisations in the very best way to present a positive impression.
NCVO have launched a programme – “Constructive Voices” – to celebrate the positive in the sector. They are connecting those doing good work to journalists to ensure the right stories are being told.
Have a read about the programme just here. There is plenty of information and many ways for you to follow and keep up with the programme. It’s all about positivity, good messages and doing the right thing. Something as trustees we should all be interested in.
Also, on this note, have a quick read of this – “Charities and Volunteering are at the heart of our shared society“. “Shared Society” is the government’s new vision, so it’s worth keeping up to date on the conversation around this too.
Governance Training from VANEL
Our next governance related training is:
“Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees”
Wed 8th March, 3-5pm at VANEL offices, Grimsby. £10 per person (£15 non-members, or free for trustees aged under 30).
“Technology for Trustees”
Friday 10th March, 10-11.30am at VANEL offices. £5pp (£10pp non-members).
There are still places available on these sessions, so please contact Karl direct to either book or discuss. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01472 361043).
To discuss governance, trusteeship or leadership, or to subscribe to the Trustee Network, please drop me a line.
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If you are new to the role of being a Trustee then our “Induction and Refresher Training” session is a great way for you to understand your role and your responsibilities. Even if you’ve been a trustee for a while now, the course can also be a great refresher. Our next session is on 23rd September, so read on for full details.
Ar article originally published in issue 02 of the monthly VANEL e-newsletter about governance, trusteeship and leadership – “The View from the Top”. Article explores 4 important “D’s” that charity leaders, boards and committees should keep en eye on…
Issue 3 of our governance and trusteeship focused e-newsletter went out last week. Did you get your copy of “The View from the Top”? Read on for details of what it covered and how you get your copy.
The January edition of our “The View from the Top” e-newsletter for Trustees has just gone out. Read more about what was in it and how you too can receive it.