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Covid-19 update: Government guidance changed on 19 July 2021 - we're currently updating our information in response to this. In the meantime, visit the government's guidance on lifting restrictions.

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  • Governing documents

    Why you should review your governing documents and how to go about changing them.

  • How to meet your legal responsibilties as a trustee

    There are many reasons why you might like to become a trustee of a charity: positive support for a good cause, putting a particular skill set or experience to good use, or remaining active in the community. Whatever your motivation, you need to be aware that being a trustee is a significant legal responsibility, shared with your fellow trustees, and you must understand your obligations before volunteering. The most important document you need as a trustee is the charity’s governing document which should contain all the information you need to understand how the charity is run and what it has been set up to do. For detailed information please see the full guide on charity trustees’ responsibilities . The post of trustee is almost always voluntary (with reimbursement of reasonable expenses) and you need enough spare time to undertake your duties properly, not least as trustees are liable for the decisions they make. 

  • Governing your organisation

    The key things trustees need to consider in the governance of their voluntary organisation in light of the covid-19 pandemic.

  • Governance reviews

    How and why organisations should conduct governance reviews.

  • Governance

    How voluntary organisations are governed to ensure they are effective, accountable and have direction. The trustee board is responsible for good governance but they rely on many different people to be able to govern well: staff, volunteers, advisers and stakeholders.

  • Trustee disqualification

    Guidance about the rules on the automatic disqualification of trustees and senior managers.

  • Board effectiveness

    Are you getting the most from your board? Do you organise yourselves effectively and do the processes you use help or hinder?

  • Taking decisions and getting work done

    Agreeing on who has the right to make which decisions in your non profit organisation and how exactly the decisions should be made.

  • A leader's essential actions

    The essential skills and actions of a leader.

  • An introduction to governance

    Governance is the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation.

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