Becoming a Trustee

What is a trustee?

The work of volunteer trustees is perhaps the most hidden voluntary role – but we estimate there are over 2,000 individuals volunteering as trustees in the Lancaster District alone. Had you ever thought of joining them? Trustees not only make a difference to good causes, they also develop new skills, gain experience and meet new people. It’s a respected and responsible role, and a great way to make a difference to a cause you care about.


What do trustees do?

Trustees oversee the management and the finances of the charity, steering the overall direction of the charity and making sure it is doing the best it can for the individuals it serves. Nearly 40% of charities have difficulties in finding people to fulfil these vital roles.


What qualifications do you need?

People sometimes think you’ve got to be a qualified lawyer or senior manager to be a trustee. While these skills can be very valuable to charities, it takes people from all walks of life – with a whole range of life experiences and skills – who are committed to the values of the charity and are willing to devote some time and effort. Trustees just need a commitment to the goals and values of the charity, some time and enthusiasm, and the willingness to ask questions!


Will I get any Training and Support?

Lancaster District CVS is able to offer you an indication on the Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees and each particular Charity will have its own induction procedures as well. In addition to this, once you are in post, CVS is on hand to provide advice and information to Trustees as and when you need it.


Find out more

Staff at CVS are offering advice and guidance to anyone who thinks that being a trustee might be for them – please contact us to find out more.


Listen to the podcast

If you have 20 minutes to spare, you can listen to the Charity Commission’s podcast on trusteeship, below.