Trustees Week 2016: Sefton CVS Appeals for more Trustees for Sefton Charities

A leading Sefton charity support organisation is appealing for more local residents to offer their services as trustees of good causes across the borough.

Waterloo-based Sefton CVS, which provides a wide range of support services to local voluntary, community and faith sector organisations, issued the request to tie in with this year’s national Trustees’ Week activities.

CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, Mike Howlett, says it is important to raise awareness of the vital work that trustees do.

They are effectively the people in charge of a charity, volunteering their time to make vital decisions about the organisation’s work and future plans.

Mr Howlett explained: “Trustees play a key role in the running of charity and community organisations in Sefton, and therefore make a huge impact on the people that these groups support, who are often some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

“We are regularly contacted by organisations looking for trustees, so there is always a need for volunteers who have the passion, experience and skills to help a charity to develop.”

Mr Howlett added that enthusiasm and commitment are important assets for all trustees, but specific skills that charities are seeking include expertise in management, employment law, staff supervision, data analysis and marketing.

Other in-demand skills include finance, project management, research, volunteer management and problem solving.

“Being a trustee can be hugely satisfying,” added Mike Howlett. “It can also provide great opportunities for professional development, and need not involve a big time commitment.

“I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a trustee to get in touch with us to find out more about what the role involves, and to explore the current options available in Sefton.”

For more information ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.