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Recruiting Women onto the Committee What Sort of Trustees Do We Need? Thoughts on Induction Trustees Facing Loss of Funding and Premises What Happens When an Arts Collective Needs Business Rates Relief on Premises
 

Recruiting Women onto the Committee

Many organisations struggle to recruit women onto the committee.  What can we do to address this?  What can women do to make their voices heard on a largely male committee? Sri Lankan Islamic Association Women Engaging in Building Bridges

What Sort of Trustees Do We Need?

What qualities do new trustees need?  Is passion more important than professional knowledge?  What role does common sense play on the committee? Will the less committed by put off by the paper work and meetings? Hackney CVS Evelyn Court Tenants Association

Thoughts on Induction

Handing over to a new committee at election time presents challenges to many associations.  What arrangements should be made by the outgoing committee to smooth the path for the new committee? Sri Lankan Islamic Association Women Engaging in Building Bridges

Trustees Facing Loss of Funding and Premises

What happens when you’re funding application depends on having premises and you are threatened with losing your premises? Homestart Warrington

What Happens When an Arts Collective Needs Business Rates Relief on Premises

A collective of artists were happy to govern themselves, however, after moving to new studio space it soon became evident that without business rates relief the collective would soon fold. The problem was that business rates relief is only mandatory for registered charities. The collective had benefited from a period of support from their Local […]

Stories about governance in voluntary and community organisations

These pages are for those involved in the governance of community and voluntary organisations who want an opportunity to tell their story.  Whether on the committee, a volunteer or paid staff, this is the place to tell your own story or comment on other stories.  You can send your story in any format – see […]

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Dealing with the Charity Commission

Small organisations often have varied experiences dealing with the Charity Commission. The inflexibility around the turnover cut-off limits has a particular impact on smaller organisations (£5000 to register and over £20,000 considered a large charity). Their decision to eventually register all exempt and excepted charities will also bring many more charities into contact with the […]

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Chairing

What do new chairs need to know?  Is chairing just about chairing meetings?  What about the other aspects of the chair’s role that other committee members may be less aware of? How should the chair work with the head of staff and what is the role of supervision? Camden People’s Theatre New Work Network London […]

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Trustees and Staff Working Together

In small organisations it’s important to make sure staff, volunteers and the management committee are all working together, but there are often practical difficulties to actually achieving this ideal. Children’s Discovery Centre

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Thoughts on Recruiting Trustees

As recruiting trustees gets harder it’s important to be honest about the commitment involved, the qualities needed and to make the most of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, including young people and people with disabilities. The Care Network The Sirius Wood Project

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Balancing ‘Ideal’ with ‘Good Enough’

Small organisations find themselves facing demands from all sides to follow perceived best practice.  It often isn’t even clear if ‘best practice’ is evidence-based or just the latest trend.  Should small organisations question received wisdom when it comes from powerful stakeholders? Camden People’s Theatre New Work Network London Bach Society

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Tough Decisions

As money runs out, tough decisions have to be made by the committee. Volunteer Centre Waltham Forest

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What is more important, the journey or arriving?

A group of ex drug users came to us for support. These users met regularly under the auspices of the local social services which lent them a meeting space and a support worker, but now they wanted support to become independent, though it seemed to be the social services worker who was most keen on […]

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Choosing priorities

Some committees have too many ideas.  To get things done you may have to decide to concentrate on just a few.

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A Word About Words

This site is aimed at those who govern (control) small organisations - whether they are charities, companies, both or neither. Those who govern them may be called a variety of names. We have chosen to use mainly 'management committee' and occasionally 'committee member' or 'trustee'. more...
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