Thinking about becoming a Trustee?
What is a Trustee?
Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. They may be called trustees, the board, the management committee, governors, directors or something else.
Who can be a Trustee?
You must be at least 18 years old to be a charity trustee We look for trustees who may have untapped skills and experience from previous trusteeships, work or voluntary activity. As well as skills, we consider people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences:
- who can bring different points of view to a discussion
- can give insight into our beneficiaries’ needs and experience
- who can help us make contacts in the community
- who can think of new ways of doing things
We look to get a wider range of experience by recruiting a mix of male and female trustees with different social or ethnic backgrounds and abilities.
Who can’t be Trustees?
Some people are disqualified by law from acting as charity trustees. Subject to waiver provisions, this includes anyone who:
- has an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception
- is currently declared bankrupt (or is subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order) or has an individual voluntary agreement (IVA) with creditors
- is disqualified from being a company director
- has previously been removed as a trustee by either the commission or the High Court due to misconduct or mismanagement
How can I find out more about the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee?
The Charity Commission regulates Charity Trustees. As a Trustee you have legal responsibilities. To find out more in greater depth.
- what trustees do
- who can be a trustee and how trustees are appointed
- their legal responsibilities
- specific trustee roles of chair, treasurer and secretary
These guides explain what being a trustee involves, including:
What should I do if I’m interested in being a FMYCA Trustee?
If you would like to talk to us about becoming a Trustee, please go to our contact page and drop us an email, briefly outlining how you think your skill-set would help, and we will have our chairman give you a call for an informal chat. You can read more about our Current Trustees on our Governance page.
“Now that I’m retired, I wanted to help make a difference by giving back to the area where I’ve lived and thrived with my family. Being involved in decisions that can help future proof this wonderful community building for generations to come, is a truly wonderful feeling. “Ken Gates – current FMYCA Trustee
Thinking about becoming a Volunteer?
What is a Volunteer?
Volunteers can work with us just a few hours a week or month, its entirely up to you and depends upon what commitment you can offer. Whatever it is, we’ll have something for you to do, whether its general volunteering like setting up rooms for our classes and activities, or more specific such as painting or maintenance or help with current projects. You might have a skill to offer us connected to your professional role, or you may just be looking for extra camaraderie, increase your self confidence, meet new people, or even be open to learning a new skill. Its a great way to meet new people, from outside of your normal social set, and give back to the community.
Who can be a Volunteer?
You must be at least 18 years old to be a Volunteer, for insurance purposes.
- who might have some hours they can offer to the centre weekly or monthly
- can bring new skills and resources (are you good at painting, could help set up rooms for classes, have social or digital expertise?
What should I do if I’m interested in being a FMYCA Volunteer?
If you would like to talk to us about becoming a Volunteer, please go to our contact page and drop us an email, briefly outlining how many hours you could offer us a week or month, and whether its a general volunteering offer, or if you have a particular skill-set you think might be helpful. We will have someone call you for an informal chat. Here’s a word from some of our current volunteers:
Alan Smith – Current Volunteer
A professional cabinet maker, I worked in Sunderland and Peterlee, before joining the Fire Service in 1977 where I served in Durham and the North East until I retired in 2005.
Now I’m retired I volunteer at the Community Centre by doing maintenance, DIY, and joinery, plus anything I can to help keep it in a good state of repair. I hope this might save vital money for the Association which can then be used for more pressing things.
Mike Rayner – Current Volunteer
BA Hons (Geography) / Certificate of Professional Competence in Inland Road Transport Operations
Previously Royal Mail Manager in London, Leeds and the North East, working in Finance, Planning, Delivery and Transport until 2014.
Member of the Long Distance Walkers Association and helped plan three national walking events
Former editor of an aircraft spotters’ magazine
Mike has lived in the parish since 1984
“I help the Community Centre by carrying out independent health and safety checks and reporting to the Centre Manager”.
Rick Johnson – Current Volunteer
Qualifications: BSc, BA, Cert. Ed. Retired further education and training consultant.
Former member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Institute of Administrative Management.
Committee member of Durham Alliance for Community Care and Durham City Centre Youth Project.
“I am Chair of the Board of Trustees at Durham City Youth Project and I assist them with bids for funding.”