What to expect when becoming a Trustee?

What to expect when becoming a Trustee?
Alison Ewart

Become a Trustee, and make a difference! 

Taking the time to contribute to your community can be good for you, and greatly increase the quality of life for local residents.

A great way to do this is by becoming a Trustee for a local voluntary organisation. Trustees are unpaid volunteers who form part of a management committee. A strong and skilled management committee can use its skills, experience and expertise to make the right decisions that can really benefit their beneficiaries and the local community. 

What will you be doing as a Trustee?

You’ll play an integral part in the good governance of a local charity, not only ensuring that the organisation remains viable and sustainable but ensuring that it adheres closely to its mission.  

It’s a chance to put your skills and experience to use and make a lasting difference to a cause and a community that you care about. With generally 4 compulsory annual meetings, it could be the perfect volunteering opportunity for busy people.

You’ll have the chance to work with people from diverse backgrounds, gain strategic experience, and hone your problem solving, analytical and team working skills. 

Becoming a Trustee is a two-way process. Local charities also need to think about how they can recruit and make best use of their Trustees. That means being clear about what’s expected of them as a Trustee (starting with Charity Commission requirements), and any specific skills and experience that the organisation needs. Do they have an induction process for new Trustees? Are they clear about the time commitment involved?  Have they explained to new Trustees how collective board decisions are made? 

We can help you!

At Community Southwark, we can offer a range of advice, support and information to help  future Trustees to find suitable roles, and organisations to find the right Trustees.  

We provide training and support to help Trustees to be clear about their responsibilities, and develop the skills to do this – including (amongst others) how to manage finances, undertake business planning, or fundraise for essential resources. 

You can contact development@communitysouthwark.org to find out about: 
  • One to one support and advice 

  • Governance Reviews and other consultancy 

  • Relevant training (free to Community Southwark members). 


You can also check out the NCVO website, for more information and resources.


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