The responsibilities and rewards of being a charity trustee


It’s been a week of back-to-back meetings, but in the back of my mind is the weekend. The UK has a long hours working culture, so the focus on Friday night shenanigans and recovery on Saturday is part of the working week mind-set. However, the reason I’m looking forward to Saturday is I’m heading to Waterstones on Piccadilly. Ah, a relaxing and unwinding reading weekend. Well that would be awesome but actually it’s to attend a trustee meeting of a charity called Misión México.

I’m a trustee of this charity and I tell pretty much anyone who will listen about it. But first, being a trustee. What’s that about? There are certainly legal responsibilities but essentially, and in short, it means working on making decisions that will have an impact on people’s lives. In the case of Misión México, on the lives of children who are neglected, abused and abandoned. That’s not a responsibility to be taken lightly. I really hope you read about them here, we are a small charity but the difference we make is profound: http://lovelifehope.com

Trustees use their skills and experience so that charities can achieve their aims – in the case of Misión México, they are wide-ranging, reflecting the sometimes complex needs of the children it exists to help. However, it’s also the case that there can be a reciprocal relationship; there are plenty of opportunities to up skill and develop on a personal level. The truth about being a trustee is that it does (rightly) demand dedication to doing a good job though. The ultimate responsibility of a charity trustee is to direct the organisation. We have a talented and dedicated board at Misión México and while I take pride in my contribution, I’m also proud to work alongside them. This weekend we will be covering topics like fundraising, marketing and training: all with a view of helping Misión México achieve its aims in the most efficient, cost effective way.

If you are thinking about being a trustee, you should do it. While there is a lot of focus on what volunteering offers, as well as what you can offer as a volunteer, why not go a step further and consider becoming a trustee. I can honestly say it’s one of the most rewarding things I do. Here is a very helpful source: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/trustees-staff-and-volunteers/trustee-role/becoming-a-trustee/#sthash.aWD33BkM.dpuf