SCVO launches website to recruit trustees

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has launched a new website designed to recruit more trustees for the country's 45,000 voluntary organisations.

The Be a Trustee site explains how to find trustee vacancies, lists trustees’ roles and responsibilities and also features an interactive quiz designed to dispel myths about being a trustee.

Gavin Yates, head of communications and campaigns at the SCVO, said: “Some people like the idea of being involved in governance, but are put are put off by what they see as an overwhelming time commitment and think they will be financially responsible for every overspend.”

The site also contains tips for charities on finding trustees. Yates denied there was a shortage of trustees in Scotland, but said the voluntary sector is always “on the lookout for able and committed people who want to make a difference”.

He said the site had already been “fairly successful” after its launch this week and would now be actively promoted by the umbrella organisation.

The site was paid for by law firm MacRoberts. Yates said the partnership had arisen after “conversations” with the firm convinced them it was a worthwhile project to invest in. “They think lawyers can benefit greatly from being on charity boards in terms of personal development, and charities get sound legal advice at the same time,” he said.

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