Get On Board - Become a Trustee


Trustees’ Week is back, taking place on 6- 10 November! This year's theme is Many voices. Working together. With purpose. 

Trustees’ Week is a time for us to come together to celebrate the achievements of nearly one million trustees across the UK. Thank you for the time, commitment and effort you bring to your charities to help them thrive. It is also an opportunity for you to Get On Board, and find out the many opportunities for you to share your skills, knowledge and experience and become a trustee.

As an organising partner of Trustees’ Week, NCVO is bringing you a variety of free activities, content, support for boards and will be sharing key learnings. View the NCVO Trustees' Week events. This annual event showcases the great work of the 700,000 volunteer trustees who run charities across England and Wales. 

How you can get involved

  • Sign up for our events
  • Refresh your knowledge using Trustees' Week training and support
  • Discover local trustee roles
  • Say ‘thank you’ out loud. Tell your local paper or radio station about your trustees’ achievements. Use #ThankATrustee
  • Share with local people what your charity does. Invite them in. Tell them what you do. Get them involved too
  • Be proactive, younger people have talent, energy and a fresh perspective to offer. Ask local colleges, universities and young people’s groups for the chance to talk to them about the trustee role
  • Tag someone you think would make a great trustee. Use #TagATrustee
  • Promote your events and activity. Use #TrusteesWeek
  • Check out the social media resources available to you
  • Check out Action Together's Trustees' Week Comms Pack to help you get started

Are you asking...

  • What is a trustee / board member?
  • What are the benefits of becoming a trustee / board member?
  • Why do charities need trustees / board members?
  • How do I develop my professional skills? 

Trustees are the group of people (also called the Board of Trustees) who act in the charity’s best interests, set the strategy or plan, make key decisions and oversee the running of a charity. Trustee roles are open to all ages, backgrounds and skills sets. It allows you to experience and gain new skills including developing skills in strategy, leadership and negotiation.

To find out more take a look at our trustee roles and responsibilites factsheet.

There are currently 8,400 committee/board members in Oldham, 7,900 committee/board members in Rochdale and 8,000 committee/board members in Tameside but more are needed. 

Click here to discover trustee opportunities in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a charity board member or trustee call our volunteering team on 0161 339 2345 or email

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Andrea Worsley, Trustees for Gift of a Wedding

Patricia Morris, Trustee for Manchester Craft and Design Centre

David Sharples, Trustee for People First Tameside