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Resource of the Week #75: UK.GOV’s Charity trustee welcome pack

“As a new charity trustee, this guide will help you in your role. It can also be used by existing trustees to refresh knowledge and skills.”

We post this in the spirit of the University of Warwick paper of 2017 which asked “Asylum and refugee support: civil society filling the gaps?”  

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There are a number of organisations that can provide information or assistance to trustees. These include:

  • Charity Commission – the regulator of charities in England and Wales
  • Association of Chairs (AoC) – offers resources and support to chairs and vice-chairs of charities and non-profit
  • Charity Finance Group (CFG) – champions best practice in finance management in the voluntary sector
  • Directory of Social Change (DSC) – provides trustee training courses, publications and several free resources
  • Ethical Property Foundation (EPA) – UK charity which offers voluntary organisations free property guidance, advice
    and workshops and a wide range of expert advice on legal issues and premises management
  • The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) – provides strategic support for small charities
  • Fundraising regulator – the independent regulator of charitable fundraising
  • ICSA: the Governance Institute – trains, informs and represents the interests of governance professionals across all
    sectors and offers free to access guidance notes specific to the charity sector
  • Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights
  • National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) – England’s largest network of local charities
    and community groups
  • National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. Connects,
    represents and supports voluntary organisations, from the smallest community groups to the largest charities
  • Reach Volunteering – provides a trustee recruitment service and useful resources for charities and people
    interested in joining trustee boards
  • Small Charities Coalition (SCC) – helps trustees, staff and volunteers of small charities (those with an income of
    less than £1 million) access the skills, tools and information they may need
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) – supporting and representing the third sector and volunteering
    across Wales
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