The ‘Creating an Age of Giving’ report – the final report stemming from the Growing Giving Parliamentary Inquiry – included a recommendation focusing on ensuring that more young people are given the skills and opportunities to become trustees of charities. Despite making up 12 per cent of the population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 1 per cent of trustees, a statistic that respondents to the Inquiry were keen to redress by creating more opportunities for young people to develop in leadership roles.
Of course, before committing to appointing a young trustee many charities want to be assured that it will of benefit to their organisation, and to that end it is important to demonstrate that young trustees can help a charity in a number of ways. We want to look at the experience that young trustees have, as well as gaining insight from board members and charity staff who interact with young trustees to explore the kind of initiatives and ideas that have been successful elsewhere.
In order to do that, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has partnered with young trustee Leon Ward to launch the Young Trustee Survey, which explores a range of topics designed to give us a detailed picture of the opportunities and experiences that young trustees have across the UK.
Leon Ward- Young Trustee and Campaigner
We’ll be receiving responses until the 31st December 2014.
After that we’ll be reviewing the ideas and stories that we receive, and using them to create a pamphlet which will be used to promote the value of young trustees, and the ways that charities can adapt their models to create more opportunities for young people to serve in this way.
We want to look at programmes that organisations have introduced which give young people the chance to develop their skills before becoming a trustee too, as we want to ensure that those young people who are appointed to leadership roles are given this responsibility based on merit and potential.
We’d love to hear your experiences so that you can help us build upon best practice and get more young people involved with charitable governance.
We’d also be delighted for you to encourage any young trustees – or those who work with them – to participate too, as the more responses we get, the more representative our conclusions and suggestions will be.
To contribute, please fill in the survey which can be found here
Posted 19 December 2014