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BECOME A YOUNG TRUSTEE
Our Future Trustees programme inspires and supports younger people to secure trustee roles, while training you in effective trusteeship.
Becoming a trustee brings immense personal satisfaction from serving a cause you care about, as well as enhanced skills, networks, confidence and knowledge.
96% of trustees report that they learn new skills, 85% say being a trustee makes them happier and 22% say that they got a promotion as a direct result of being a trustee. Becoming a trustee will give you leadership experience which will enhance your confidence, mental health and career progression.
Younger people are under-represented on trustee boards. The average age of a trustee is 60-62 and only 0.5% of trustees are 18-24, despite making up 12% of the population. (“Taken on Trust”, Charity Commission for England and Wales, Nov 2017.) Two thirds of charity trustees are over 50 years old. Charities are missing out on the skills, and experience of this underrepresented group who could accelerate and amplify the work undertaken by charities.
Some of our Future Trustees programmes focus specifically on younger women. Despite two thirds of the UK charity workforce being female, men outnumber women 2:1, nationally as charity trustees (“Taken on Trust”, Charity Commission for England and Wales, Nov 2017). Young women have the odds stacked against them in terms of becoming trustees.
If you’re under 30, see also the excellent Young Trustees Movement for helpful information and guidance.
The Future Trustees programme consists of:
Introductory webinars to inform you about trusteeship, so you can decide whether you might like to become a charity trustee.
An online, live training programme for small cohorts. The training will support you on your journey to becoming a trustee. With our support, you will apply for trustee positions during the programme, as well as learn about effective trusteeship. This aspect of the programme is by application only. The links to the application forms will be added to this page as they become available. The number of places available are limited and reserved for people who are committed to becoming a trustee in the short term.
We currently have three Future Trustees programmes to support younger people to become trustees. These programmes are all free because of funding received from our generous supporters.
1. Anyone aged 18-30 in England and Wales
Last year, our autumn 2021 cohort which was kindly supported by The George Bairstow Charitable Trust was hugely successful. Following an information webinar, we received over 50 applications for 20 places for the Future Trustees programme. The Autumn 2020 cohort graduated and are beginning to secure trustee positions.
We hope to run future cohorts and you should sign up to our newsletter if you would like to receive notification of when Future Trustees is open for applications again.
2. Women aged 18-25 in Cambridge
We will shortly be opening for applications for our Future Trustees training programme for 20 women committed to becoming a trustee, which will take place later in 2021. For people identifying as women, aged 18-25, who are living, studying or working in Cambridge. Kindly supported by The Southall Trust.
We will shortly be opening for applications for our Future Trustees training programme for 20 women committed to becoming a trustee in the short term, which will take place later in 2021. For people identifying as women, aged 18-25, living, studying or working in Bedfordshire. Kindly supported by The Wixamtree Trust.
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Thank you to our funders, without whom the Future Trustees programme would not exist. If you would like to support us to train more young people to become trustees, please get in touch. If you are a charity wanting to recruit young trustees, please see our Transform programme.
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