Support for Charity Trustees

Being a charity trustee is a fantastic opportunity to use your professional skills and life experiences to make a difference to a cause you believe in, and you’ll benefit too! 

Volunteering as a charity trustee is a great way to:

  • Enhance your CV
  • Develop your personal and professional skills
  • Learn about charity management and strategies
  • Connect with your local community

Trustees are at the heart of every voluntary organisation. They are key decision-makers and have important legal responsibilities. Without trustees, it is impossible for a charity or organisation to carry out its aims, improve its services and meet its objectives.

"Being a Trustee enables me to use my professional skills and experiences to help play a vital role in shaping the future of the organisation and its beneficiaries. In return, it helps support my own continuous personal development."

Mel Merrill, Trustee, Spark Somerset

Further support and resources

NCVO has a practical four-part course to introduce you to the key aspects and responsibilities of any trustee role. Click here.

NCVO also offers an eLearning course for those who are thinking of becoming a trustee, those who are new to governance and trusteeship and existing trustees who would benefit from a refresher course. Click here.

Spark Somerset can also offer bespoke training for new and existing trustees. Keep an eye on our Training Page or get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a young trustee with the Young Trustees Movement.

The Charity Commission has published a series of 5-minute guides for charity trustees covering charity purpose and rules, financial management, conflict of interes, and decision-making. Click here.

The Governance App is a free and easy way for trustee boards to review and improve their governance, together. Click here.

How can I find a trustee role? 

To search for a Trustee role in Somerset, please visit our volunteering website, Spark a Change.

If you need additional support, our Volunteer Team is happy to talk to you about trusteeship or help you find a suitable role. Email volunteer@sparksomerset.org.uk or get in touch via Live Chat.