The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched the Young Trustees Guide based on the findings of the Young Trustees Survey. The guide was created to address the fact that young people represent only 2% of charity trustees in the UK.
The guide is based on the findings of the Young Trustees Survey launched by CAF last year in partnership with Leon Ward, a trustee at Plan UK and Brook. The guide is aiming to help untap unlocked potential and the recommendations have been backed by the Charity Commission and charity leaders across the UK.
Key highlights include:
- Making the case for the benefits of young charity trustees for both charities and young people. For example, young trustees challenge the disconnect that can exist between board members and beneficiaries and get to work with established sector leaders.
- Suggestions on how to improve trustee board recruitment practices. For example, the process should not rely on word of mouth or personal recommendations.
- Key challenges, tips and solutions. These include considering working around young trustees’ exam timetables, ensuring they are legally up to speed and encouraging them to make their voice heard by asking disagreements to be logged in the minutes.