Trustees make up the 'Board of Trustees' and are responsible for directing the management and administration of the scheme. They have a wide range of duties and are responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining the funds. Trustees are responsible for the governance of the scheme, employing the staff and leading the strategic direction of the work. Trustees operate within a formal set of rules called Memorandum and Articles of Association. Trustees delegate the day to day running of the scheme to the staff but the overall responsibility lies with the Trustees.
What we expect from youCommitment. All Trustees must attend our Board meetings regularly and have read the relevant paperwork beforehand. You must be reliable and communicate regularly with staff. Trustees will be supportive of staff and willing to get involved in all aspects of the scheme - such as Quality Assurance, funding etc. Trustees must understand and value the core principles of Home-Start and it's approach to working with families. There will be a range of training opportunities and there is an expectation that Trustees will attend relevant events on behalf of the scheme.
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ - Can anyone be a Trustee? A - Most people over eighteen can be Trustees. There are some exceptions such as where a person has been convicted of an offence involving deception. All Trustees must have an enhanced (criminal records) check. Q - Do I need any formal qualifications? A - No special qualifications are needed but it is important to have good interpersonal skills, to understand the pressures facing parents, to have an interest in supporting your local community and to have some spare time. Q - How big a commitment is it? A - Being a Trustee carries legal and financial responsibilities. It is an important role which will require time and commitment. Meetings are held every six weeks and can last up to two hours. Trustees may also attend additional meetings as required. On average Trustees should be prepared to commit around four hours per month. Q - What advice and support is available for new Trustees? A - New Trustees will be invited into the scheme to meet staff and existing Trustees. They will also be invited to an induction day with Home-Start UK as well as other training courses and events. All Trustees can access the Home-Start Intranet which has information and guidelines on a variety of related topics. Q - Are Trustees paid for their work? A - Trustees are volunteers and under Home-Starts memorandum and articles of Association cannot receive payment. Expenses such as travel will be reimbursed.
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please phone the office to arrange an appointment to come in and meet with staff and/or a Trustee. Our Board of Trustees currently meet every six weeks. The office is open between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday.
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