Trustees’ Week: 13-17 November 2017 (2)

Today we feature Susan Atkinson a local trustee from Homestart Orkney. Home-Start Orkney is there to help families who are struggling to cope, and who are facing additional challenges on top of daily parenting ones. Susan kindly gave us an insight into what it means tro be a trustee.


A View from the Board

1.    Please sum up the main role of your organisation.
Support for families with children up to age 5 years
2.    How long have you been a trustee?
Over 10 years
3.    What made you become a trustee?
To give something back to a service that myself and colleagues refer  many families to.
4.    What’s the best thing about being a trustee for your organisation?
Helping the organisation
5.    What’s the worst?
Wading through Policies .
6.    What’s surprised you most about being a trustee?
How heavily regulated it is - the amount of paperwork and jargon
7.    What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt while being a trustee for….?
What a fantastic job our Coordinator does in keeping Policies etc.. up to date and helping the Board
8.    How do you think people perceive your organisation?
As a lifeline for families, as an Agency to refer to
9.  What one thing would you ask people to do that would have a positive impact on the work your organisation is involved with?
Tell those in high places how vital the Service is, and get involved to support it.
10.  Are you looking for new trustees/board members? If so, who are you looking for?
General members for the Board
11.  What piece of advice would you give people who are thinking of becoming a trustee?
Give it a go - it isn't at all onerous and you will have lots of support from other Trustees.

 

Trustees’ Week: 13-17 November 2017 (2)

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Each day this week VAO will have an item on Facebook relating to the fantastic work our trustees’ do).
Data Protection law is changing on 25 May 2018 and organisations need to be ready for the GDPR. Surveys have shown however, small organisations tend to be less well prepared.

In the meantime...

 Although the data protection laws are changing with the introduction of GDPR, it’s not a wholesale change and much of what you already have in place will be suitable for the future.
 A good starting point is the 12 step guide (https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf) developed by the ICO to help plan an approach and think about the data flows within your organisation. The self-assessment audit within the 12 step guide can help you develop an action plan. This should provide a good starting point and comprises the first two steps of the guide. This should be achievable by December, when the ICO should have published additional guidance.
  
Remember...

Data protections applies to all types of data and you should consider (but not limit yourself to):
Finance
Human resources
Operations
Services, and;
Communications.
Don’t just think of data as what you put into and manage through your database!
Link to NCVOs really useful 12 things to think about for GDPR
Potential Facebook poll question:
Has your organisation thought about GDPR and how it will affect you?
What’s GDPR?
We are aware of it but haven’t done anything, yet.
We are beginning to work through the information we hold and how GDPR will impact us
We are totally up to speed on GDPR and have worked through our information and systems and are fully compliant.
Partnership working...

 If you work in partnership do you share data? If so, can you clearly identify the data coming in and out of your organisation and what happens to it as a result? Partnership arrangements should consider good practice not just the elements of GDPR – and those arrangements might include shared staff.
 


 The ICO has launched an advice line for small organisations – including third sector organisations:
Dial 0303 123 1113 and select option 4 to be directed to staff who can offer support.
As well as advice on preparing for the GDPR, callers can also ask questions about current data protection rules and other legislation regulated by the ICO, including electronic marketing and Freedom of Information.

Other information for small organisations can be found on the ICO site. https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/business/

Mental Health Services in Orkney!

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Trustees’ Week: 13-17 November 2017 (1)

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Each day this week VAO will have an item on Facebook relating to the fantastic work our trustees’ do).


What are trustees?

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the .sixth most giving country in the world They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to http://trusteesweek.org/becoming-a-trustee

 

How many trustees are there?

There are approximately 194,000 charities in the UK (165,000 charities in England and Wales, 24,000 in Scotland, 5,000 registered in Northern Ireland).
And just over 1 million trustees (of which some 850,000 are in England and Wales, 180,000 in Scotland and 30,000 in Northern Ireland)
From NCVO and CCNI research, we know just under half the UK’s trustees are women
The average trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old, and 55 in Northern Ireland.
There are many young trustees too with some 86,000 trustee positions held by 16-34 year olds (of which 2,611 in Northern Ireland).

Trustees in Orkney

There are 237 registered charities in Orkney with approximately 1200 trustees. The range of activities covered by these charities is immense, ranging from animal welfare to social housing to bell ringing!

Erasmus+ coming to Orkney, 17th November 2017, Ayre Hotel

From either 10.30 to 12.30 or from 13.30 to 15.30. Lunch for everyone 12.30 to 13.30.

Our aim: To give organisations the information necessary to apply for an Erasmus+ project that’s best suited to your needs and interests. Our workshops will equip you with all you need to know about Erasmus+, the practicalities of funding applications and the benefits your organisation can hope to gain through applying.

To book, contact enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk or Tel: 01856 872897

We will be talking first hand about what it's like for volunteers to go on an international exchange! Angelina is currently on EVS here in Scotland from Russia, meaning her placement in Scotland has been for up to a year. She has lots of stories to tell, as does Elenor since she's an experienced CLD worker and has supported exchange programmes in Scotland for years.

So, lots to offer and get people excited about! The workshop is interactive too, so there will be an opportunity for games and discussion. We would encourage questions from volunteers and workers prior to the session.

Some to consider would be:

- Have you or your organisation taken part in any international exchanges previously?

- What would you like to get out of the session on the 17th November?

- Are you interested in youth exchanges, international training (available to all ages and in a lot of cases, fully funded?)

- Would you be interested in applying for Erasmus+ funding in 2018?

Any answers to VAO please and these will be passed on to the Erasmus+ organiser!

SEE https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/young-people/youth-exchanges_en

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