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Six essential resources for trustees

With three weeks to go until the start of Trustees’ Week (7-11 November), we have selected six key resources or training opportunities to help people volunteering on a Board or Management Committee make important decisions about their charity’s work.

1. Tool to identify operational areas to prioritise

The Healthcheck Tool is a free online tool to help not-for-profits identify areas that they need to prioritise. It asks questions on six core areas of running and developing your organisation – Strategy and Business Planning, Governance, Leadership, Marketing and Communications, Finance and Funding, and Recruitment and Training – and creates a list of all the actions you need to take, as well as advice on where to look for more information. To create a new Healthcheck of your organisation and to better understand whether the correct policies and procedures are in place, visit Healthcheck Tool.

2. How to manage Board disputes

We frequently hear from trustees who are having trouble resolving disputes with other Board members or the CEO. There are personalities to manage, sensitive issues to be negotiated, differing opinions to be resolved. Our Managing Board Dynamics Effectively workshop on 10 November will look at how you can build your relationships with fellow Board members (and staff), what to do when things go wrong, and tips on how you can make your Board as effective as can be. Join our Managing Board Dynamics Effectively workshop on 10 November (6-7pm).

3. Coaching and resources for charity leaders

As a trustee, you are key to the success of your not-for-profit organisation. To help you in your role, we have pulled together some of the best resources and tools to help you learn and grow as a trustee, a leader and a board. Visit our Leadership webpage to find out more about coaching for charity leaders in Bucks and advice for trustees, Treasurers and Chairs.

4. Learning from peers: getting answers to common questions

Are there any governance issues that your Board has been unable to resolve and would like peer support on? Our Trustee Roundtable on 8 November (6-7pm) provides the forum for anyone who volunteers on a Board or Management Committee to ask, discuss and find solutions to common questions faced by many not-for-profit organisations. Book your free space on the Trustee Roundtable: essential Q&A for trustees on 8 November (6-7pm).

5. Tailored advice on all aspects of running an organisation

Are you trying to attract new volunteers to your Board, or do you need some help on a governance issue specific to your organisation? Perhaps you are worried about the spiralling costs of running your organisation? We can help you on the issues affecting your organisation. You can access our tailored support by completing our Request Support form.

6. Advice on trustee recruitment

When asked about their staff and volunteer levels, a recent survey of Buckinghamshire’s Community Buildings found that 45% said recruiting trustees was in their top three challenges for next year. If you are you trying to attract new volunteers to your Board, have a look at our Developing and advertising trustee roles online resources or book a 1:2:1 volunteer recruitment and management advice session.

 Get involved

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