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With Trustees Week next week (2-6 November) many organisations are promoting special offers or resources to help support Trustees and the business side of small charities. Here is a small collection of useful resources for you.

Trustee Week resources

How to Become a Charity Trustee – new, free guide from Getting on Board

COVID-19 showed us the power of community support, and now more and more of us are giving back to the causes we love. Volunteering as a charity trustee is a great way to make a difference. But how do you become a trustee? Getting on Board’s new, free guide How To Become A Charity Trustee shows you how, and is an excellent resource to use in your own recruitment and social media. Generously sponsored by Ecclesiastical, the guide launches on 2 November.

The guide covers:

  • What a trustee is
  • The transformative impact of being a trustee 
  • Responsibilities of a trustee
  • Finding the right role
  • Crafting a winning application

Getting on Board is also running a Festival of Trusteeship, bringing together charity leaders, trustees, governance experts & more to debate all things trusteeship. To find out more, visit their website.

By the way, Cornwall VSF is still looking for new trustees to join our board. Find out what we’re looking for here.

Making the most of Google Ad Grants

Digital expert charity Catalyst has published a handy guide to making the most of the thousands of pounds of free Google Ads that charities can claim.

See the Empower website.

Policies and procedures

The Directory of Social Change has a set of policy and procedure templates that are available to download, for £99, as a Word document. They cover all kinds of HR and ‘office’ policies, as well as around trustees, volunteers, recruitment and leaving employment. You can find out more on their website.

There are other policy and procedure templates available on the NAVCA and NCVO websites, as well. We would be interested to hear other recommendations from Members who have found these or other sources of templates useful, to help build our own Knowledge Bank, resources for the sector in Cornwall.

Safeguarding support and information

SAFE CIC is a safeguarding charity based in Suffolk, which carries out a variety of safeguarding functions for other charities, and has an informative monthly newsletter which VSF subscribes to. They are running a special offer for Trustees Week (expiring 30 November):