Become a Trustee

People sat around a tableWhat does a charity Trustee do?

Charity Trustees are responsible for setting the organisations vision, for leading our strategic direction, for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, our performance and quality assurance and for ensuring that we operate within the Home-Start Standards & Methods of Practise and Home-Start Agreement. The board of trustees is also responsible for employment of our CEO, for ensuring prudent financial and asset management and security, good governance and the promotion of Home-Start Leeds.

The Trustees primary role is to ensure that all of our resources are used efficiently and effectively to further the charitable objects of Home-Start Leeds which are:

For more information about being a charity trustee please have a look at the Charity Commission website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

  • To safeguard, protect and preserve the good health both mental and physical of children and parents of children
  • To prevent cruelty to or maltreatment of children
  • To relieve sickness, poverty and need amongst children and parents of children
  • To promote the education of the public in better standards of childcare within the area of the City of Leeds and it's environs

For more information about being a charity trustee please have a look at the Charity Commission website www.charitycommission.gov.uk

What kind of people become Trustees?

Our trustees, just like all of our volunteers, come from a variety of backgrounds and bring all of their own life and work experiences and skills to a very important role.

This can include some specific skills and knowledge, such as business or personnel management, finance and fundraising, IT and communication skills and experience that will support the organisations success.

However, you don't need 'special' qualifications to be a trustee. Time to attend meetings, common sense, an ability to work as part of a team, an understanding of the pressures facing families today and a genuine interest in helping support children and families in our communities are very important.

How much time does being a trustee take?

Being a charity Trustees is an important role which requires time and commitment.

Our Board of Trustees meetings take place on Thursday mornings, 10.15 - 12.30, 6 - 8 times a year.

We have 2 sub committees, Finance & Personnel, each meeting 6 - 8 times a year at times suitable for the members.

All Trustees attend both the full board meetings and at least one sub committee meeting, spending on average 6 - 8 hours a month on their duties.

A trustee who takes on additional roles - perhaps as Chair of the board or Safeguarding Champion, will usually have to commit more time to the role.

Trustees have a thorough induction, are invited to training courses and events and have the full support of the Chair and fellow Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer, all other staff, and Home-Start UK.

What will I get out of being a trustee?

People volunteer to be a Trustee with charities such as Home-Start because they want to help make a difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families. What they get back is the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped to make a real difference within their community.

Being a charity trustee will enhance an individual's skills and knowledge, build confidence and provide many opportunities for personal growth and development.

Being a Home-Start Trustee, you will enjoy being part of a successful organisation and the opportunity to join in activities and celebrations with our families, volunteers and staff such as our Family Christmas party, volunteers week celebrations and volunteers training courses.

How can I become a trustee?

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer Trustee with us we would love to hear from you.

Please don't hesitate to call 0113 2442419 and ask to speak to our Chief Executive Officer or email us on office@home-startleeds.co.uk

You can of course pop into our office, details of where we are on our contact page.

Just like all volunteers in our organisation, you will be required to complete an application form, provide two character references, declare any convictions and have a DBS check.

Remember - there is lots of information about being a charity trustee on the charity commission website - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission