Renfrewshire’s voluntary sector has launched a campaign to recruit new trustees to local charities and community groups.
Engage Renfrewshire is working with Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, local schools and businesses to encourage people to develop their professional skills by becoming a trustee.
Volunteer Development Officer at Engage Renfrewshire, Karen Miller, said “You don’t need a specialist qualification or senior management experience to become a trustee. You just need to believe in a local cause, and be prepared to help them with their governance and planning.”
“Being a trustee is so attractive to employers because it’s about professional development; particularly around developing leadership skills. A trustee role can often make a CV stand out above the rest.”
She added “we’ve got loads of opportunities with fantastic organisations, to suit everyone’s interests and availability. It doesn’t need a huge commitment; some trustee meetings take place every month, but most are every 8-12 weeks. Being a trustee isn’t about endless meetings in cold halls, it’s about using and developing your skills to support a cause you believe in.”
You Can be A Trustee! Here's the wonderful Shirley, a trustee at Shopmobility which provides an important service allowing people who might otherwise be housebound to be independent enough to carry out their everyday tasks.
Shirley said "the pleasure from a thank you from someone who has used the service is tremendous. I also enjoy meeting new people and it’s a pleasure to work with some great people on the Board".
She encouraged others to get involved saying "volunteering is amazing. You get so much back from the people you help and engage with, you learn and develop skills which help in everyday life." For anyone considering becoming a trustee, Shirley said; "go for it – you get back 10 fold what you give!".
Becoming a charity trustee is a great way to develop your skills and experience, broaden your networks and get unique experiences. Contact us to hear more about local opportunities to suit your availability email@example.com
You Can be A Trustee! Just like Kevin, who's been a trustee at Renfrew Development Trust for just over 3 years now.
Kevin said; "I am a trustee because I want to be part of something that helps the local community that I live in, and when you get to be part of the planning and development of an organisation it is very beneficial".
"I've gained new skills and experience, and have become part of developing something to benefit the whole community".
When asked what advise he would give to people considering becoming a trustee he replied; "embrace the role! Give it your all, and work together to achieve goals".
Have you ever considered becoming a trustee? You don’t need a specialist qualification or to be senior management, you just need to believe in a local cause, and be prepared to help them with their governance and planning.
For local opportunities to match your interest and availability contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to apply.
You Can Be A Trustee! Here's David Forrest who is a trustee at Create Paisley; a youth led charity that encourages and mentors young people in the arts.
David said; "At Create they run workshops, drop-ins, performance spaces and discussion forums for young people to find their voice and grow both personally and artistically. For me, what's best of all is seeing young people use their talents to take on social challenges and change Paisley for the better."
David's new to the role, having completed his first 6 months as a trustee. He said; "it's flown by! I was a volunteer for some years before being a trustee. It's pretty easy to believe in a charity like Create. For me the biggest reward is when you see young people express themselves in a way they never could have before. That's so valuable, and to me, being a trustee is about growing and protecting that."
At Engage Renfrewshire we’ve got all sorts of local charities looking for trustees; people to help local organisations stay safe and to support planning & vision. There’s no endless meetings - most organisations have Board meetings every 8-12 weeks.
And the advise David would give to people thinking about becoming a trustee? "Know that people just like you are trustees. Don't be put off by the commitment - if you're organised then you can do it."
You don’t need a specialist qualification or to be senior management to become a trustee, you just need to believe in a local cause, and be prepared to help them with their governance and planning.
To find out more about local opportunities to suit your interests and availability contact email@example.com