Posted by: alexswallow | August 12, 2013

How to… help lead a charity

I was really pleased to have this opportunity to promote Trusteeship for young people!

Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland (RGBI)

Have you ever thought of being a charity Trustee?  Do you know anyone who is?  Trustees are the (usually unpaid) people who run charities at a governance level across the country, from the biggest household names to the smallest local organisations.  Trusteeship is a fantastic opportunity to ‘put something back’, to use your skills, to pick up new ones, to make your CV stand out and to make a difference to causes that you care about.  Sadly diversity on Boards is an issue: the typical Trustee in this country is ‘pale, male and stale’ and the average age is 57.

I was volunteering for a charity called Centre 404, sitting on a subcommittee, when I was asked to be a Trustee.  I was amazed they wanted me to do it, as up until that point I thought that Trusteeship was something that only retired people got involved with…

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