Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Voluntary Action Harrow launch #Trustee2B project

#Trustee2B - Getting young people into trusteeship

Voluntary Action Harrow (VAH) have recently launched a new pilot project #Trustee2B which will match young people (18-25) with local business professionals and place them as trustees, representatives or advisors within voluntary & community groups and charities in Harrow.

The pilot scheme, which is set to run from September 2014 to April 2015, aims to combat growing diversity worries amongst charities governance at a local level. The Charity Commission have reported that just 0.5% of trustees in England and Wales are aged between 18 and 24 (compared with 12% of the population as a whole). This lack of diversity on charitable trustee boards can restrict access to a broader range of skills, knowledge and experience, which can be fundamental to a charity's performance.

Alex Buckmire, Marketing & Research Director at Voluntary Action Harrow said: "It is a common misconception that young people do not have enough skills or would not be interested in becoming trustees. The fact is, their experience, perspective and general enthusiasm mean they have a great deal to contribute. "

"Trustees are the guardians of the values and ethos of a charity, they are the people who volunteer their time and skills to ensure its objectives are meet and oversee its strategic development. And whilst it is a big responsibility, this project provides a great opportunity for young people to share their experience and insight, as well as providing a rewarding experience for local business employees."

Initial response has been very positive and VAH have already received applications to join the programme. If you are a young person or a local business employee who would be interested in sharing your skills and experience for a great cause, please contact Voluntary Action Harrow by calling 02088615894 or email contact@voluntaryactionharrow.org.uk

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