Becoming a Trustee - Opportunity of a lifetime
LPCF are looking for new Trustees to run the organisation for the benefit of parent and carers of SEND children.
Worried about the word Trustees and not sure of what the role of a Trustee is?
Before we start - Can anyone become a Trustee?
The simple answer is NO
a. You must be over 18
b. Section 72(1) of the Charities Act 1993 disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is spent; is an undischarged bankrupt; has previously been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the court or the Charity Commissioners or is under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986
Firstly lets get some key facts
Trustees are unpaid individuals who are Parent/Carers usually, manage or run LPCF (some expenses are payable eg Travel)
Our Trustees are responsible under the Charity Commission and law for the planning and direction of the charity, ensuring we comply with relevant rules and guidelines for such things as finance etc.
Sounds Serious !!
It is. but remember LPCF has been run since 2007 by Parent Carers the same as yourself.
You do not necessarily require any skills as our Trustees go through a comprehensive induction process.
|We would really appreciate interest from individuals who do have specific skills which would benefit LPCF eg organisation , event planning, legal, financial, organisation etc|
Being a Trustee will take up some of your time, especially if you become a Trustee Officer such as Treasurer. For most Trustees it is estimated we spend about one or two days per month on LPCF business.
Some do more and attend partner meetings and events etc to promote our cause.
|The role of a Trustee can be very rewarding and additional specialist training can be provided if required|
|Trustees hold their meetings approximately 3-4 times per year plus the Annual General Meeting|
|The Charity Commission have an excellent (if rather lengthy starter guide) Link|
Have a read of what makes a good Trustee below
Drop us a line as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
Have a look at our introductory Welcome Pack for Trustees and Volunteers LINK (Download .Doc)
Once Read, for those interested in appying please see our Trustee Recruitment pack (inc Application Form) Link (Download .Doc)
Why not become a volunteer.
You still get to play a part, helping make LPCF bigger and better.
Give what time you can and use your strengths
Have a look at our volunteers pack (including application form) Link
(ps it is not all fundraising)
What type of person makes a good LPCF Trustee
|a commitment to the mission of LPCF|
|a willingness to meet the minimum time requirement|
|personal integrity, honesty, fairness,|
|a vision for LPCF's future|
|good, independent judgement|
|an ability to think creatively|
|a willingness to speak their mind|
|an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship|
|an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of LPCF|
|a good set of communication skills|