Are you thinking of becoming a trustee or joining the committee of a charitable organisation? Start here to get a feel for the role of trustees and committee members in the third sector.
They may be known by other titles, such as:
Whatever they are called, trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. Depending on what the charity does, you will be making a difference to your local community or to society as a whole. Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board.
This definition is from the website of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. You can read more detail here.
You can also read more details about these on the Charity Commission website.
Thousands of people in Powys volunteer their time supporting local charities and community groups as trustees and committee members. In these short video clips, some of them talk about their reasons for getting involved, and what they get out of being a trustee.
In this longer clip, a trustee from Powys Samaritans talks about his experiences in the role and gives some advice to potential future trustees.
The Charity Commission’s charity trustee welcome pack is sent to new trustees of registered charities and is also relevant for new trustees of other types of charitable organisations.
PAVO offers support for new and experienced trustees in the form of training and advice. For details see ‘Resources for trustees’