As a charity, Age UK Medway is run according to the charity commission standards of good practice, and reports annually to the commission about its objectives, plans and progress, as well as its financial health. But how do we do that, and how do we make sure our paid staff are getting it right?
Well we have a board of Trustees, who have volunteered their time to provide the effective oversight of the charity, called Governance.
Age UK Medway has a board of six people currently and they are hoping that some new people will join them in their role.
Our trustees come from all walks of life and bring a range of technical skills and experience to the board to ensure that the Chief Executive Officer is supported and challenged in his role as the head of the organisation.
We currently have up to four vacancies for new trustees, and would ideally like to hear from people who have some background experience in one of the following areas; Charity law, Employment law and Human Resources, business development or fundraising.
Of course if you have experience of managing services for older people, or general charity experience, you would also be very welcome.
The responsibilities of a trustee are to ensure that the charity carries out its objectives and complies with all of the relevant legislation regarding charities and companies. The senior staff team assist trustees by providing reports and guidance on particular issues, and will offer reports on key aspects like risk and finances for the trustees to scrutinise.
Becoming a trustee of a charity is a great way to fill some spare time, and remain engaged in the community, especially if you have recently finished work but are keen to continue making a contribution.
Our board meets 6 times a year, generally late afternoon for a couple of hours each meeting. A full resource pack of reports from the senior team is mailed out to trustees 10 days prior to the meeting to allow everyone to read and digest the information before the meeting, so everyone is enabled to make a contribution. Our trustees are also encouraged to visit our services from time to time and take part in our organisations social events.
If you feel that you could make a contribution to our governance, and would like to find out more about joining our board, contact the Chief Executive, John Norley for an informal discussion on 01634 572616