How do I get started as a trustee?

If you’re interested in getting started as a trustee, it’s best to first think about what cause or injustice you’re passionate about, as this can help you decide what kind of charity you might like to volunteer with.

If you’re struggling to narrow down what you enjoy working on, you might find it useful to work in reverse – and sideline any options that aren’t that you don’t find particularly interesting. It’s important to take your time with this step. You’ll be dedicating a considerable amount of time to your chosen cause, so it needs to be something that you’ll care about both now and in the future.

When you’re ready to apply for trustee roles, Trustees Unlimited can help you connect with impactful charities.

By registering with SNAP – their advanced trustee matching service – you can be paired as closely as possible with charities that match your interests.

SNAP works by quickly analysing preferences from charities and candidates using a weighted scoring system to only show you roles with charities that you have a lot in common with. This means you don’t have to spend ages trawling through hundreds of unsuitable roles, and makes the chances of successful applications and appointments more likely.

Register with SNAP

If you’d like more support in your journey to becoming a trustee, you might also be interested in Trustees Unlimited’s comprehensive, tailored programme called Step on Board.

Step on Board can provide you with information, skills-matching, and coaching to help you develop and thrive as a trustee, while enabling you to make a positive impact on the charities and causes you feel passionate about.

The programme is initially centred around helping you to become a trustee by providing information on the charity landscape and the responsibilities of charity boards.

But, later, you’ll also be offered a one-to-one coaching and diagnostic session, designed to identify your strengths, passions, and priorities – followed by six months of active search to help match you with the right trustee opportunity.

Find out more about Step on Board.

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

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