Trustee Week is a chance to recruit new trustees and celebrate the work that your trustees put into running your organisation.
Here are a few ideas of ways to highlight your vacancies and thank your existing Trustees:
For what to do during Trustees’ Week
- Work with other charities - contact other local charities that might be interested in holding joint events to either thank the trustees or to attract prospective trustees.
- Invite your local mayor - invite your local Mayor/local councillors to come and meet your Trustee Board and hear all about their work, and get local media interested.
- Hold a coffee morning - hold a coffee morning to invite prospective trustees to visit your charity and see your work.
- Hold a ‘speed matching’ event - hold a ‘speed matching’ night, like a speed dating night. This is where you and other local charities in search of trustees hold an event for anyone interested in becoming a trustee to come and hear more about your charities. The prospective trustees talk to each charity for 5 minutes then rotate round the room so that they get a chance to talk to all the charities there.
- Do talks to groups of young prospective trustees - talk to local colleges, universities or young people’s groups about how you might attract young people as trustees for your charity.
- Hold an open day - have an open day to invite prospective trustees to visit your charity and see your work. Introduce them to beneficiaries and staff and volunteers, and get local media interested.
- Hold a celebration for your trustees - hold a celebratory meal/drinks evening to thank your existing trustees for their work.
- Write a letter to your local paper - write a letter to your local paper to mark Trustees’ Week, publicly thanking your trustee board for all their hard work and talking about your charity’s achievements.
- Have a fun ‘awards night’ - have a fun ‘awards night’ where you can create fun awards, like Oscars, to give to your trustees to mark particular achievements or to recognise particular skills.