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Charity Trustee (training and matching provided)

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets

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Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets is delighted to re-launch our METs Programme - a training and matching service for people interested in becoming trustees for local charities. Trustees are the unpaid volunteers who lead charities and decide how they are run. This fantastic leadership development opportunity is open to Tower Hamlets residents from minoritised ethnic communities (all communities other than White British), aged 18 and over.

Maybe you have considered volunteering as a charity trustee but been unsure what is involved? Perhaps you’ve wondered if the skills, abilities and experience you have would be welcomed? Or have you been unsure how to find the right charity and cause to support?

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets' METs programme is perfect for anyone who is keen to take on a leadership role as a charity trustee, but who would prefer doing this with training and support. It’s a chance to get your voice heard, share your lived experience, and ensure that diverse communities in Tower Hamlets are better represented on charity boards.

The METs programme will train you on the roles and responsibilities of trustees and some of the essentials of charity governance, so that you feel confident and empowered to take on a trustee role. After completing a short training programme, you will be introduced to local charities, representing a wide range of causes, all recruiting new trustees from minoritised ethnic communities to strengthen and diversify their trustee boards.

Training for this round of the programme will take place in May 2024, online, during the early evenings. You must be able to attend all 3 training sessions, and the matching event:

Training dates:
Session 1 - Tuesday 14 May, 6pm-8.30pm
Session 2 - Tuesday 21 May, 6pm-8.30pm
Session 3 - Tuesday 28 May, 6pm-8.30pm (school half term)

As the training and matching is held online. You must have access to a laptop/computer, a good broadband connection, and a quiet space.

Speakers of English as a second language are welcome. All trainees must be able to communicate fluently in English, as the training and trustee meetings are conducted in English.

Matching Event date:
Tuesday 18 June, 6pm-8.15pm

Once you have been trained you will be invited to attend an online matching event. Here we will introduce you to 10+ charities in Tower Hamlets recruiting new trustees. The aim of the matching event is to align your interests, skills and lived experience to charities that appeal to you, and hopefully create a good potential match. After the matching event, you may be invited to interview to join a charity trustee board.

Being a charity trustee normally involves volunteering for a few hours a month, usually in the evenings, so it is a role that fits well around paid work, studying or other commitments. This is a serious role that requires a long-term commitment so you should expect to volunteer for at least 2 to 3 years.

Deadline for applications for the METs programme is 10am on Tuesday 30 April 2024. We may close applications sooner if we receive a high volume of suitable candidates, so please express your interest as early as you can. We will send you a short application form to complete, then invite you to a Zoom meeting for an informal enrolment interview and to answer any questions.

Trusteeships & Committees

Basic IT skills - internet & email, Managing People, Organising & Planning

You will not have been a trustee before. If you have previously volunteered in another role, this would be very helpful, but it's not essential. You must be from a Minoritised Ethnic Community (any community other than White British), aged 18+, and currently living in Tower Hamlets to be eligible. Speakers of English as a second language are welcome. All trainees must be able to communicate fluently in English, as the training and trustee meetings are conducted in English. You will have a genuine interest in taking on a serious leadership/governance role and will be willing to make a long-term volunteering commitment (approx 2 to 3 years) as a trustee for a local charity. Almost all participating charities hold their trustee meetings in the evenings, so you should be available to volunteer in the early evenings. You must be available to attend 3 x training sessions and 1 x matching event before you take on your trustee role. Training and matching sessions take place online in the early evenings (6pm-8.30pm). Please check you can make the dates provided in the role description above. If you are not free on those dates, there will be another round of the METs programme in Autumn 2024. You will need access to a laptop/computer, broadband, and a quiet space to participate in the online training.

• A chance to get your voice heard and to represent your community • Free training in the essentials of trustee roles and responsibilities and charity governance • The opportunity to take on an unpaid leadership role in a local charity and make a real difference. • A practical way to gain strategic/leadership experience that may help your career plans • Be part of an ongoing supportive peer group of minoritised ethnic trustees.

Training and matching phase = 10 hours over 4 Tuesday evenings in May/June 2024 (see description for the dates). Once you become a trustee the time commitment will vary, depending on the charity your join, but expect between 3 and 8 hours a month (usually evenings) for at least 2 to 3 years. This role involves making a long-term commitment.

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The training and matching events are held online on Zoom. Once you are matched to a charity, you will attend Board meetings, either online or at their premises in Tower Hamlets.



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18 and over

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The programme specifically targets people from minoritised ethnic communities. We would love to hear from women, who are under-represented at board level.

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Training sessions and the matching event will all be held online, so there will be no in-person mixing. Once you become a trustee, the charity you join will advise on their safety measures, and whether they meet in person or online.

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