Being a Trustee for Samaritans
Our Trustees play a vital role in keeping Samaritans relevant to the needs of our callers, making the best use of our volunteers’ time and energy, and helping us meet our legal obligations.
Make a real difference to people struggling to cope – people rely on Samaritans every day of the year at significant times in their lives. Decisions made by the Trustee Board have a direct impact on who our service reaches, as well as how it is delivered.
Make sure our volunteers are fully supported – especially relevant if you are already a Samaritans volunteer, being a Trustee allows you to examine and improve the tools and processes in place to help volunteers deliver our service, as well as making sure that volunteers are properly appreciated for their contributions.
Influence a major charity – whatever your involvement in Samaritans to date, you will have a view on what we do well and what could be improved. Being a Trustee provides a unique opportunity to shape the organisation.
Make the most of your existing skills – if you are an expert in a particular area, there is often no greater satisfaction than fully utilising your experience for a charitable purpose and knowing that a particular decision is of a higher quality thanks to your involvement.
Personal development – being a Trustee is a challenging and rewarding experience, and no matter what your achievements to date, there will always be something to stretch you that little bit further.
Some useful documents:
Charity Commission CC3 guidance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/704641/CC3_may18.pdf
Charity Governance Code: https://www.charitygovernancecode.org/en/front-page
Charity Commission Safeguarding strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-for-dealing-with-safeguarding-issues-in-charities
Charity Commission Governance Finance and Resilience: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-trustee-meetings-15-questions-you-should-ask
Charity Commission CC29 guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/conflicts-of-interest-a-guide-for-charity-trustees-cc29
Charity Commission Power re Disqualification: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-disqualification
Would you like the opportunity to make a difference to the future direction of Samaritans? Could you be a Trustee for this unique organisation that is working to reduce suicide across the UK and Republic of Ireland?