Trustees' Week 2020 - Insights and Opportunities
06/11/2020 (Volunteer Post )
For our final day of #TrusteesWeek2020 we have a double whammie. Another great Trustee insight from a first time trustee and, for those of you who have been inspired this week a spotlight on currently available Trustee roles.
First up we're hearing from Adeola Akisanya-Ali, Trustee with AMINA - The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre. Amina is, in their own words "an award-winning organisation, recognised by Muslim communities and key partners within Scotland for its pioneering and responsive approach to addressing key issues and needs of Muslim women." Adeola has been a trustee for less than a year but has already learnt a lot about trusteeship.
"My role as a trustee began during covid-19, so I have yet to meet a lot of the board in person – all meetings have been on zoom, but this hasn’t affected any personal relationship with anyone as I feel it is a very good and connected team. We have a WhatsApp group too!
I am still quite new to this role, so I am learning a lot as I go but I would definitely recommend trusteeship to others. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes of operational work, it is beneficial to have this insight, participate in it and learn from others.
One thing that has changed for me is the perception that young professionals couldn’t be trustees. What I noticed in a lot of third sector boards is the lack of representation from not only BAME individuals, but also young professionals (under 30). AMINA, and their diverse board (both in age and race) has shown this is possible ,and often actually beneficial for the development of the organisation. From observation and paper reading, I am learning a lot about the funding and finance structure of the organisation. There have also been zoom team building sessions with the board and operational staff.
I think I bring a perspective of not only BAME experiences, but also the African Diaspora – which is hugely important when making decisions that inevitably affect us (and other BAME) in the community. I think it is also useful that my current employee role and prior work experience is also in the third sector, so I understand the structures, challenges and day-to-day working that affects the staff."
Hopefully this week's blogs will have cleared up some misconceptions about Trusteeship, will have illustrated the work involved and perhaps even inspired you to take up a role! Maybe one of these roles! Keep reading to learn about two Trustee roles currently being promoted in Renfrewshire.
STEAM Lab (CIC) are looking for Board Members who can bring skills, experience and enthusiasm to our board. STEAM Lab is at an exciting time of development and need people who want to help create positive experiences for children in Renfrewshire communities.
STEAM Lab is a social enterprise that runs classes, courses and workshops aimed at teaching kids about science, technology, engineering, art, maths and mindfulness-all while having fun! They believe that every child deserves the chance to reach their potential and have a brighter future, whatever their background. The social enterprises started their efforts in Glasgow and have had such successes that they are now looking to extend to Renfrewshire. If you would like to be a part of their efforts apply today.
I Was Gonnae (IWG) has a vision of becoming the best provider of innovative experiences and employability services within the West Coast of Scotland. I Was Gonnae will develop and bring to market its initial person centred service offering training, personal development, virtual business and management.
IWG wants to provide a forum for inspiring individuals to disrupt their normal life pattern and provide them with the self-belief, motivation and skills to realise their full potential in life. We believe a whole person approach will ensure the individual increases not only employability skills and knowledge but overall wellbeing and motivation ensuring they become a more active citizen that is happier, healthier and taking an active part in society developing genuine community progress.
I Was Gonnae are looking for trustees who can bring skills and third sector knowledge such as charity governance, charitable funding, or business skills etc. If you want to be part this development please click here.
Our trustee work isn’t limited to just this week of course, remember you can get in touch with the CAVA team at any time of the year with governance, recruitment or training queries to support your board.
Reading this after Trustees' Week? Click the link below to see the list of organisations currently looking for Trustees.