This week is officially Trustees’ Week, which is great because it provides us with the perfect opportunity to share a little information about how Spark+Mettle came into being and how it operates.
Our work began in 2011 when Eugenie Teasley and three trustees established the Spark+Mettle charity. Since then, we’ve come a long way. Everything we do is supported and overseen by our trustees. They act like fairy godmothers in a way, making sure that everything is the best it can be, coming up with great ideas, and looking out for Spark+Mettle’s interests. It’s a great job to have and most of our amazing trustees do it on top of a tonne of other things, because they’re superstars. Spark+Mettle was built on the hard work and support of our trustees so let’s talk about what it takes to be a trustee and how they help charities and non-profit organisations to thrive and help others.
Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. If a person is committed to a cause, has a great set of skills, and is able to volunteer the time to oversee an organisation, that person is pretty much destined to become a trustee. It’s because of people like this that charities continue to make a difference to people’s lives.
Despite their impact on many sectors across the UK, young people are hugely under-represented on charity boards in England and Wales. 16-24 year olds make up a mere fraction of the trustee population across the two countries. Out of a total of over 810,000 trustees in England and Wales, only 4,220 are aged under 24. During Trustees’ Week we would like to spread the word among young people about trusteeship; what the role means, how to get apply for our Young Trustee position and how young trustee roles affect you. There will also be a great deal of information about young trustees and how to get involved with various projects and organisations here.
Apply for our Young Trustee role here.
Happy Trustees’ Week, everybody!