How to become a trustee
All voluntary organisations are governed by a board of unpaid volunteers, that’s what makes an organisation a “voluntary organisation”. People who give their time to govern organisations are sometimes called directors, board members or trustees. To keep it simple we use the term trustee.
Volunteering as a trustee gives you the opportunity to get involved with an organisation or cause that you really care about. You will help them succeed and ensure that the organisation does what it is supposed to do. Being a trustee is a responsible but rewarding way to volunteer.
As the time commitment is relatively small, it’s good for people with busy lives. You will be expected to attend meetings at regular intervals, perhaps monthly or six-weekly, and you may get involved in some work between these meetings.
Being a trustee is a brilliant way to develop your skills. It gives you a range of experiences that are useful to employers (in fact some employers are so supportive of volunteering as a trustee that they offer time off for their staff).
Why be a trustee?
We put some questions to trustee Rebecca Neish (pictured) about why she became a trustee and she provided us with a case study you can view here or by clicking on the button below.