FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
Mama Twinchett - Mother to Evelyn, Penelope and Pippa. Founder and trustee of Pipsqueak's
FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
Papa Twinchett - Father to Evelyn, Penelope and Pippa. Founder and trustee of Pipsqueak's
Sister to Ian - Aunt to Evelyn, Penelope and Pippa. Trustee of Pipsqueak's.
BECOME A TRUSTEE
Pipsqueak's is always looking to expand and grow it's board of trustees. We believe in "strength in numbers" - we can deliver the best care to a wider community when we have a team of strong, committed and passionate trustees.
Have a read of the information from the government website and see if it's something you would be interested in:
There are 6 main duties to be a charity trustee:
1. Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
You and your co-trustees must make sure that the charity is carrying out the purposes for which it is set up, and no other purpose. This means you should:
ensure you understand the charity’s purposes as set out in its governing document
plan what your charity will do, and what you want it to achieve
be able to explain how all of the charity’s activities are intended to further or support its purposes
understand how the charity benefits the public by carrying out its purposes
Spending charity funds on the wrong purposes is a very serious matter; in some cases trustees may have to reimburse the charity personally.
2. Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
You and your co-trustees must:
make sure that the charity complies with its governing document
comply with charity law requirements and other laws that apply to your charity
You should take reasonable steps to find out about legal requirements, for example by reading relevant guidance or taking appropriate advice when you need to.
Registered charities must keep their details on the register up to date and ensure they send the right financial and other information to the commission in their annual return or annual update.
3. Act in your charity’s best interests
do what you and your co-trustees (and no one else) decide will best enable the charity to carry out its purposes
with your co-trustees, make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term
avoid putting yourself in a position where your duty to your charity conflicts with your personal interests or loyalty to any other person or body
not receive any benefit from the charity unless it’s properly authorised and is clearly in the charity’s interests; this also includes anyone who is financially connected to you, such as a partner, dependent child or business partner
4. Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
You must act responsibly, reasonably and honestly. This is sometimes called the duty of prudence. Prudence is about exercising sound judgement. You and your co-trustees must:
make sure the charity’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes
not take inappropriate risks with the charity’s assets or reputation
not over-commit the charity
take special care when investing or borrowing
comply with any restrictions on spending funds
You and your co-trustees should put appropriate procedures and safeguards in place and take reasonable steps to ensure that these are followed. Otherwise you risk making the charity vulnerable to fraud or theft, or other kinds of abuse, and being in breach of your duty.
5. Act with reasonable care and skill
As someone responsible for governing a charity, you:
must use reasonable care and skill, making use of your skills and experience and taking appropriate advice when necessary
should give enough time, thought and energy to your role, for example by preparing for, attending and actively participating in all trustees’ meetings
6. Ensure your charity is accountable
You and your co-trustees must comply with statutory accounting and reporting requirements. You should also:
be able to demonstrate that your charity is complying with the law, well run and effective
ensure appropriate accountability to members, if your charity has a membership separate from the trustees
ensure accountability within the charity, particularly where you delegate responsibility for particular tasks or decisions to staff or volunteers