There are currently over 23,000 charities in Scotland, and a total of over 150,000 Trustees. From the discussions which we have with charities, we know that it can be difficult to 'find the right people' (and to keep them), so anything which helps promote being a trustee can only be a good thing.
In charity law, trustees are the people who "have the general control and management of the administration of the charity" - these can be the directors if the charity is a company, or the committee members if the charity is unincorporated. Trustees must comply with some quite specific duties such as ensuring their charity's details are kept up to date, and they must also comply with more general duties such as the duty to act in the best interests of the charity and to ensure the charity operates in a manner which is consistent with its purposes. Sometimes, taking on the role of a trustee can be daunting, but with the right resources and training, being a trustee can be a rewarding experience.
The aim of Trustees' Week is to promote the work that trustees do, to show the benefits which being a trustee can bring to an individual and to encourage others to get involved. For more information on Trustees' Week please click here.