Your local voluntary and community groups need you!

Somerset County Council is encouraging people to put something back into the community while developing new skills  by stepping forward to become a volunteer trustee.

It is supporting Trustees’ Week, taking place between Monday 2 and Sunday 8 November which aims to showcase the great work trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions that really matter. This could be about a charity’s finances, activities or plans for the future.

Leader of the Council, Cllr John Osman said: “National estimates suggest that almost half of all charities have at least one vacancy on their board. People often become trustees to ‘give something back’, but there is a two-way benefit.

“Not only do charities benefit from the range of skills and experience that their trustees bring, but trustees can learn and develop new skills that may open up new opportunities for them. It’s also a great way to meet people who share their passion.”

The roles will vary enormously from one charity to another. They’re looking for people with a whole variety of skills, from people with marketing, legal or finance experience, to those with income generating backgrounds, public policy expertise or talents in developing new services. There really is scope for people from a range of backgrounds and experience.

If you have a passion for a particular charitable cause and have a little time, enthusiasm or inspirational ideas, please get in touch. Anyone over the age of 18 has the opportunity to become a trustee no matter what their background or life experience.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a trustee, visit the Charity Commission website, https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission.

To find out more about volunteering and trustee opportunities in your local area, visit https://do-it.org/#/channels/trustee-finder or contact your local volunteering centre:

  • South Somerset Association for Voluntary and Community Action
  • Taunton and West Somerset – Engage
  • Mendip Community Support covering Mendip and Sedgemoor

Even if being a trustee is not something you currently want to commit to, there are still plenty of other opportunities in the voluntary and community sector. Volunteering can help you gain new skills, receive accredited training, grow in confidence, make new friends, and at the same time do something worthwhile. For opportunities in Somerset, visit https://do-it.org/#/