Trustees Week 2020
Written by Robert Mullane on November 6, 2020
NLive radio has been celebrating Trustees week 2020 with a series of interviews with trustees from across Northamptonshire.
Trustees often have a wide variety of roles within a charity but commonly work in governing the charity; deciding how it runs and maintaining the finances of the organisation. Toby Birch Chair of Community Spaces Northampton told NLive, ”I get involved quite heavily with all the things like governance; making sure that the charity is running properly; making sure all the necessary policies are in place; health and safety… it is quite a big job”.
Trustees Week is about recognising the hard work that they do and encouraging new people to become trustees, Angela Draper Trustee for Homestart Northampton told NLive’s John Levers anyone can be a trustee, “Really it’s just the willingness to do things to be able to get involved and the commitment to whatever charity you get involved I think it is just a commitment to that charity… I feel that anybody that wants to do it can do it”.
Working within a charity organisation can sound like a challenging task, John Griff Trustee of Nenescape told NLive station manager Martin Steers its primarily your time you put in, “Trustees chiefly give their time, it’s an opportunity to help to steer the ship by being a sounding board for the administration team and organisations that run these groups, for instance, I used to be a trustee of the Roadmender in Northampton, I’ve been a trustee for the Northamptonshire Association For The Blind… You bring a certain amount of expertise because hopefully, you’ve had an involvement in the community, so you can help build people’s awareness of the organisations you look after”.
You can find out more about Trustees Week and becoming a trustee on www.trusteesweek.org.
You can also find out about local organisations looking for trustees or get local support from Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire www.voluntaryimpact.org.uk