GET ON BOARD! FIND OUT WHAT BEING A TRUSTEE IS ALL ABOUT

Sefton CVS and Volunteer Centre Sefton, as part of National Trustees’ Week, are holding two events to promote becoming a trustee.

Trustees’ Week, 12th-16th November, is a national campaign which take place every year to raise awareness of the importance of trustees and encourage more people to take on such roles.  To tie-in with the campaign, Sefton CVS and Volunteer Centre Sefton are hosting two events where people can find our more about being a trustee and local trustee vacancies.

The first of these events – which have been organised to tie in with this year’s national Trustees’ Week celebrations – will be held at Southport Community Centre on Norwood Road in the town from 6pm to 7.30pm on Monday 12th November.

The second event will be held at the same time the following  day, Tuesday 13th November, at Sefton CVS’s Offices at Burlington House on Crosby Road North in Waterloo. This will also take place from 6pm until 7.30pm.

CVS Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, Mike Howlett, says it is important to raise awareness of the vital work that trustees do, especially this year which has been designated as Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer.

Trustees are effectively the people in charge of a charity or community group, 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.

Maggi Aslet, CVS Area Development Officer, added: “These events are a great opportunity to find out about the role of a trustee, and also the positive impact trustees have on the organisations they serve.

“Although there won’t be any commitment to get involved, people who attend may just find the ideal organisation to link up with.”

For more information, or to book a place at either event, ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.