There is a range of different types of trustee roles you can have, from a general advising role, to hands on tasks or overseeing an area of the organisation such as budgets. Being a trustee is an excellent way to learn about how an organisation is run and gain really valuable skills and knowledge for future work in the sector.
Types of trustee
These trustees would be involved with the running of the charity, often the case in smaller organisations with few paid staff. They may organise events, write articles and other hands on tasks.
These trustees would be more advising the organisation. More common with larger organisations. Though they may occasionally be involved with speaking at events and other tasks, meetings would more be used to offer advice and guidance on the direction of the organisation.
Trustee boards will meet on average four times a year, though this can be more or less frequent dependent on the organisation. They can last anything from an hour or two to a full day. You may also be needed to attend event or work on smaller projects on top of the general meetings.
You should receive any expenses incurred through volunteering from the organisation. Including travel to the meetings and food if you are there for a full day.
Steps to finding a trustee position that’s right for you
- Research what opportunities are out there, it is important to research the different types of roles and commitment entailed to see if it is right for you. Here are a few places you can look:
- Think about the type of organisation you would like to be a part of. Most trustees are really passionate about what the organisation does, so if you want to be involved with a children’s charity or environmental charity look into those areas first.
- Make a list of the skills you have and would like to gain. You can be a general trustee or have specific responsibilities such as treasurer or communications and marketing.
- Get help with your CV and covering letter. Applying to be a trustee is very similar to applying for a job, you need to think what your Unique Selling Point (USP) is and make sure you have the skills they are looking for. Book a volunteering appointment with the Volunteer Centre Manager or a CV/cover letter careers discussion to get help with your application.