Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity's work. Trustees' Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Trustees’ Week 2015 is 2–8 November, and is being officially launched at the NCVO / BWB Trustee Conference on 2 November 2015.
Getting On Board has launched a trustee infographic to promote the benefits of board level volunteering. Download the image HERE for some catchy trustee information!
ESTABLISHES DIRECT LINK BETWEEN TRUSTEESHIP AND IMPROVED PROFESSIONAL PROSPECTS
On Board interviews 200 trustees to establish the impact of volunteering
·Bridging the Skills gap: All 18-24 year trustee respondents have
learnt vital skills, and the vast majority (92%) of those out of work have
built skills and boosted motivation
·Tangible professional benefits: A quarter (22%) of trustees have had a
promotion as a result of their board level volunteering
·Employer benefits: Three quarters (85%) of bosses view trusteeship as an effective and
low-cost way for staff to develop skills, with over half (62%) of firms seeing
·Boosting happiness: Trusteeship makes people happy (82%), with three quarters (73%)
admitting toa boost in their confidence
on Board launches trustee infographic to promote the benefits of board level
– being a trustee makes the UK’s professionals happier, more confident – and
perhaps even richer. Getting On Board, the UK charity that helps promotes new
leaders through trusteeship, has released new research that underlines the
importance of trusteeship for professionals. Through 200 trustee interviews, it
establishes that the benefits of trusteeship are not confined to the
individual, with employers benefitting from increased expertise, skills and
stronger corporate social responsibility programmes.
reveal that for job seekers, trusteeship is more important than ever. 92% of
trustees who are currently out of work said they felt being a trustee was
building their professional skills and boosting their motivation. 73% of
respondents said that a role on a charity board boosted their confidence.
workers, board level volunteering could provide the next step up the corporate
ladder. Trusteeship has taught vital skills to 100% of respondents aged 18-24,
with 65% of all trustees stating that a board volunteering role has improved
their CV. A quarter of respondents (22%) even went so far as to say that they
received a promotion as a result of trusteeship. Trusteeship can also be an
important weapon in cultivating female leaders. 74% of polled women improved
in confidence thanks to being a trustee, and 38% had new leadership aspirations
as a result.
Board-level volunteering is
doing wonders for UK employers too. 85% of bosses said trusteeship is an
effective and low-cost way for staff to develop skills. 62% of bosses believe
that firms that encourage trusteeships among employees positively raise their
corporate responsibility profile.
Katherine Sparkes, Chief Executive of
Getting On Board, commented:“Our
research highlights the many great things about being a trustee, from the
opportunity to work with new people on new challenges, to gaining additional
experience to help get ahead of the competition when it comes to career
charity trustee does so much good for individuals, communities and charities.
However, the many benefits for careers, causes, health and wealth are simply
not being acknowledged widely enough. 85%
of trustees don’t think volunteering opportunities are widely
known.With 98% of trustees saying they
would recommend board-level volunteering, it is vital that we shout about these
fantastic opportunities and the good they bring into all our lives.”
Getting on Board is a charity
that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become
new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering. For more information visit www.gettingonboard.org or follow
Getting on Board on Twitter.