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.
The NCVO monthly Governance roundup for September is out on the NCVO blog. Read it just here. This month there’s some comment about the continuing saga with Kids Company governance, information about quicker conversions to CIOs, comments about the Lobbying Act and some news from the Charity Commission. Have a quick read.
National Trustees’ Week is getting closer. This year it is 13th-19th November and VANEL will be organising relevant activities during the week. That week is also the NCVO Trustees Conference down in London and I’ll be reporting at and after the event to share national headlines around trusteeship and governance good practices. Later in the week – on Wednesday the 15th VANEL will hold a “Governance Challenge Workshop” at our offices when any trustee/committee member from our Member or Friend organisations is welcome to come along to look at current challenges around voluntary sector governance, best practices, approaches, support and future thinking. More details over the next few weeks. Place will be limited and booking required (free to attend). Speak to me (Karl) for more information.
So keep an eye out for information about Trustees’ Week as it gets closer.
I’m always talking about how Trustee Boards/Committees need to lead their organisations to understand and benefit from digital technologies. So again here is a recent article on the Guardian Voluntary Sector Leadership Network which shares a new Digital Maturity Tool that you can/should use to review where your organisation sits with its digital skills.
Read the article here, and find out all about the Digital Maturity Tool here. So what is it? The Third Sector Digital Maturity Matrix is a free tool developed by the Digital Team at Breast Cancer Care to assess the current maturity of a not-for-profit organisation’s digital capability, compared with its desired target state. Through a simple self-assessment, you can understand where your organisation needs to invest to reach digital excellence.
I’m about to run through the tool myself for VANEL and I think it’s well worth all charities having a go to decide what actions would be relevant to improve their own digital capabilities. Take a look.
More news next week…
Karl Elliott, Development Manager
email@example.com / 01472 287548
www.vanel.org.uk/governance – for an overview of our resources and information
www.vanel.org.uk/trustees – for the Trustee Network blog and information
www.theviewfromthetop.org.uk – our Governance blog
www.vanel.org.uk/aboutgovernance – private discussion space for trustees
Recently in the blog
Civil Society Futures has been set up recently to deep think the future of the UK’s Civil Society. Fundamentally they are asking the question “the the UK’s charity model fit for purpose?”. Read on for more about the initative, their initial study findings and, importantly, how you and all of us in the sector can contribute our thoughts to this exercise.
Our weekly roundup of news related to governance, trusteeship and leadership: News from NCVO and other articles worth a read. Governance training roundup from VANEL and news of our new VANEL Trustee Network coming soon.
Our weekly roundup of news related to governance, trusteeship and leadership: Reflections on a national news story highlighting a failure of governance practices and what we should all learn from it.
Our weekly roundup of news related to governance, trusteeship and leadership: This week, a challenging article about the future of charity sector governance to get you thinking and a reminder of a number of governance training dates from VANEL over the next couple of weeks.