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Helping trustees to be certain in uncertain times

Published : 01/04/21 | Categories: Information & support |

WCVA welcomes a Charity Commission campaign aimed at helping trustees to refresh their knowledge of charity governance and be ‘certain in uncertain times’.

The campaign includes a suite of five animated videos, each promoting one of the regulator’s 5-minute guides, which launched in November 2020. The guides provide simple, easy to understand information on all the governance basics trustees need to know.

The campaign comes as part of the Commission’s commitment to helping busy trustees run their charities. The regulator’s approach to the campaign is informed by research into trustees’ knowledge and awareness of their responsibilities, and into trustees’ wider attitudes.

Paul Latham, Director of Communications and Policy at the Charity Commission, said:

‘The past year has been incredibly tough for charities. The pandemic has meant they are facing unprecedented challenges and trustees are making very difficult decisions, often at pace. In these uncertain times, we want to help trustees feel more confident they are getting things right. This campaign is aimed at new and experienced trustees alike – all charities stand to gain from trustees who take active responsibility for acquiring and refreshing their knowledge of sound charity management.

‘This campaign also signals an important shift at the Commission, in line with our strategy – we are committed to ensuring our materials are user-friendly, and straightforward for busy trustees to access and engage with. I hope as many trustees as possible see our materials, and take the time to refresh their knowledge.’

The campaign prompts trustees to consider their understanding of their key responsibilities by posing a question connected to each guide:

WCVA recommends that charities make their trustees aware of the guides and include them in their induction packs.

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