This week, 13-17 November 2017, is Trustees' Week! And we are asking, ''So why is it so great being a trustee?''.
Trustees' Week showcases each year the great work that trustees do and highlights opportunities for people to get involved and make a difference. Trustees play a vital leadership role, volunteering their time and working together with their board to make important decisions about their charity's work. Trusteeship is for anyone who wants to get involved, it doesn't matter what your background is.
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.
There are just over 1 million trustees in England and Wales, with the average trustee age being 59 years old. There are many young trustees too though with some 86,000 trustees being between 16-34 years old.
New research involving around 3,500 trustees shows charities must do more to promote diversity on their boards.
It's also good to be a trustee because it can help with your career development. It's a great way to learn more about governance and to broaden your knowledge of working for a charity and the voluntary and community sector.
What's happening during Trustees' Week?
NCVO Trustee Conference: Good Governance In Action: Tues 14 Nov
Join colleagues from across the sector at this NCVO Governance event on Tuesday 14 November. The event will explore what good governance looks like for modern charities.
What else is coming up?
Governance Made Easy : 27 November 2017
Spend an invigorating half-day getting up to date with the roles and responsibilities of those in governance/trustee positions. This workshop is ideal for those new to trusteeship or simply looking for a refresher. Take a look.
Please do tweet @comwforest during the week and use the #trusteesweek hash tag.
You can also take a look on the Trustees' Week web page at what else is going on around the borough and beyond.