A Home-Start trustee is a volunteer who sits on the trustee board of a local Home-Start scheme. Each scheme is an independent charity and being a trustee is all about the governance of that charity – making sure things are done, but not necessarily doing them.
Trustees are responsible for:
- making the charity effective
- providing overall direction
- maintaining sound management of funds
Without volunteer trustees Home-Start schemes couldn’t function and both families and children wouldn’t get the support they need.
Being a trustee can be hard work, but it is also rewarding, giving many chances for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community.
What does a board of trustees do?
The board of trustees is responsible for:
- the scheme’s vision
- leading strategic direction
- compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
- the performance and quality of the scheme
- ensuring that the scheme operates within the Home-Start agreement
- the scheme’s property
- financial management and security
- good governance
- the promotion of Home-Start
- employing staff
Their job is to ensure that the resources in the charity are used effectively to further the objectives of Home-Start and for the purpose for which they were given
Our trustees come from all walks of life, bringing their experience and individual skills to their local schemes.
The kind of skills that are in demand are:
- business skills
- personnel management
- information technology
But you don’t need special qualifications to be a special trustee. The following are just as important to us:
- common sense
- an ability to work as part of a team
- an understanding of the pressures facing parents today
- and a genuine interest in supporting parents in your community