Little bit of time: whole lot of difference

Being a trustee can be a really great volunteering opportunity.

Have you ever thought about being a trustee? Well please do give it some consideration. It is a really great volunteering opportunity whether you’re bringing a particular skill to the board, have experience of the charity, or just want to make sure the organisation is running as it should. Because of the different ways that different organisations are constituted, sometimes these roles are called directors, trustees, management committee members or another name! The main thing to remember is that they all involve being part of a team which is responsible for the governance and strategy of the organisation.

Most of us working at Volunteer Centre Leeds are trustees or directors of other organisations and think it’s a really great way to make the most of our voluntary time. Here are a few organisations with roles you could think about:

Zest – health for life

Zest works across East Leeds to improve health and wellbeing through teaching people to cook, running physical activity sessions and much more. They are looking for people to join their Board of Directors, in particular with the following skills:

  • Social enterprise / trading / income generation
  • Charitable fundraising / corporate sponsorship
  • Public health (especially men’s health)


Oblong has successfully taken over the management of Woodhouse Community Centre and have ensured increased use of the building by the community. They would love to have you as a new trustee, especially if you have skills in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Knowledge of local resident issues in the Hyde Park and Woodhouse areas of Leeds
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and business management
  • Charity law
  • A passion for community development

Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL)

SARSVL run a confidential helpline to support women and girls who have experienced rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives. The organisation is looking for new members to join their steering committee. This involves being in charge of the organisation’s governance, supporting staff, policy development, training development and delivery and much more! The group meets fortnightly and volunteering means a commitment of about 8 hours per month.  

MS Society

The MS Society are looking for new England Council members to help influence how the organisation is run. If you can think strategically and work as part of a team, then this might be the role for you. They are looking for people to ensure that the Society continues to move in a clear direction and delivers its key objectives to meet the needs of those affected by MS.

If you are interested in any of these roles, or would like to find out about more trustee roles, please get in touch with the Volunteer Centre:

Volunteer Centre Leeds
City Centre One Stop
2 Great George Street
Leeds, LS2 8BA
Telephone: 0113 3950405
Twitter: @VolunteerLeeds

Happy volunteering!

Laura McFarlane-Shopes
Volunteer Centre Outreach and Information Coordinator

Comments (2)

  1. Natasha:
    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Great article, if you are an organisation looking to recruit Trustees you can advertise them, as the above are doing, though the Volunteering Centre. We would be happy to help

  2. Laura Elson:
    Dec 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    This is a great blog Laura! I have been a trustee for over 3 years, and I'm currently Chair at Oblong and Leeds Community Timebank. Being a trustee has helped me use my skills to become more involved in my community, provide support and time to organisations who are strapped for resources, and its helped me to learn strategic and management skills that will help me in the future. I would recommend it to anyone!

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