Becoming a Trustee

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A number of our charity partners, all with very different causes across Scotland, are looking for committed individuals to join their boards as trustee members.

A trustee is responsible for the governance of an organisation ensuring compliance with its governing document. To ensure the organisation pursues its objectives and applies its resources exclusively to the pursuance of its objectives. A trustee will contribute actively in giving strategic direction, setting policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance. In addition, they will safeguard the reputation of the organisation and may be asked to represent at functions and meetings. Typically a Board of Trustees will meet for an hour every six to eight weeks to discuss the above, however this can vary.

If you would like to find out more about any of the featured Trustee roles below or are interested in gaining more information, send an email to Claire, Impact and Engagement Executive at Social Good Connect:

Here is a shortlist of a few charities still looking for board members:

Working throughout the North East of Scotland to support sustainable development and promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically in the areas of education, fair trade, global justice, sustainable development and climate and environmental issues.

We are looking for people who share our commitment to acting in ways which are ethical, sustainable, respectful and legal and keen to share and utilise their creativity and skills to enhance our work in pursuit of a world which is fair to all. In practical terms, the minimum requirement would be to attend 5 meetings per year (late afternoon, on a weekday) as part of one of our standing committees/task groups. These meetings are currently all online, but we plan to return to a blended online/in-person model when restrictions allow.

WRASAC have been supporting survivors of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation and raising awareness about the damaging effects of sexual violence since 1984. We are a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. We like many third sector women’s services have been facing varied challenges over the past few years especially adapting our services to work differently through COVID, making changes to our services to ensure that we could meet survivors needs throughout the pandemic. Year on year we continue to see an increase in the demand for our support services and have been able to evidence the need to grow our service. We have had some funding success in the last year to increase service capacity and as such, we would like to grow our board to ensure that we can meet the demands of WRASAC and ensure that we continue to provide a high-quality service that meets survivors needs.

We are looking to recruit board members who can bring their skills knowledge and experience to support our organisation in continuing to provide high-quality services for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation.

We are looking for members who can assist us to grow, develop and meet the challenges that face third sector organisations; securing continuous funding, developing fundraising strategy to ensure effective and safe fundraising, awareness-raising and activism.

Four Pillars’ mission is to support the LGBT+ community in manners of Mental, Emotional, Physical & Sexual Health and offer information & support on a person to person basis to build a community that supports itself through peer education; thereby allowing individuals to make informed choices to improve their overall health & wellbeing.

We are looking to recruit new trustees to ensure the Charity can continue to grow and support the LGBT+ community in Grampian. In order to achieve their future plans, they are looking for people with previous experience of serving on a charity board and/or with skills and knowledge in one or more of the following: PR / social media, legal knowledge, Fundraising, satisfaction of giving back to the LGBT+ community.

Seeking to recruit a Volunteer Trustee and also Treasurer onto their board. As a trustee you will provide guidance to identify and achieve their strategic aims, and support Remake Scotland to provide a safe, ethical, sustainable and financially sound environment for staff, volunteers, customers, partners and the community. Currently seeking individuals who have skills and experience in Media and Communication, Finance, Fundraising and Retail.

Being a Trustee on our Board will provide the Volunteer with experience of governance, supporting a local environmental charity to have an impact on the local community. The opportunity affect real change in the reuse sector and be part of a team which will shape our current and future strategy.

Home-Start works with families in communities right across the UK. Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people we help. No judgement, it is just compassionate, confidential help and expert support. Last year Home-Start supported 56,000 children in 27,000 families, in communities across the UK. We are a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most, because childhood can’t wait.

Trustees make up the governing body of Home-Start Dunfermline and have a responsibility to ensure that the charity’s activities are carried out in accordance with the Trustee and Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Trustees ensure that the organisation complies with requirements under both Charity and Company Laws, in addition to other laws such as Employment, Health & Safety etc. Board meetings are held bi-monthly and the Trustees take an active part in the discussions and decision-making. Trustees bring their own current skills and experience to the role. A full induction programme is in place.


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