Have you ever seen the words ‘Trustees Wanted’ and not taken a great deal of notice?

Trustees of charities and community groups, even if called something else such as directors, committee members or governors, play an essential role in running charities, community groups and educational establishments. You might consider the role as similar to that of a non-exec director of a company: individuals who sit on the Board and have specific skills that add value to the company, although they do not get involved in the day to day running.

Trustees are unpaid, although direct expenses may be reimbursed and, like non-exec directors of a company, they do have legal obligations. However, although it will vary greatly with each organisation and the specific agreement for the role in question, being a Trustee is not generally onerously time-consuming.

Do consider that the majority of people that set up and run charities, particularly small local charities and community groups, do not have any business experience. They are inevitably passionate about their cause and the service and/or products they intend to provide, but frequently do not have the expertise to develop the charity, maximise its potential, and remain solvent.

I am sure many of you have expertise and knowledge that could add tremendous value to a local charity. No doubt, you would also find the role and the difference you can make to be extremely rewarding. More so than ever, charities are struggling and need as much help as possible, so next time you see the words ‘Trustees Wanted,’ do please consider if this is something you could do.

Below, we feature a specific trustee role with South East and Central Essex MIND. But first, some more general information.

Trustee Roles and Responsibilities


  • If you would like a bit more general information about Trustee Roles and Responsibilities, this document produced by the Charities Commission is very helpful.
  • Community 360 is running an online course on 6th October regarding Trustee Roles and Responsibilities
  • SAVS (Southend Association of Voluntary Services) also frequently runs trustee training courses, although none are currently scheduled. If you can’t manage the above course with Community 360 but are interested in attending a course in the future, no doubt online, contact Gemma Cartwright to be added to the mailing list for future courses and/or future trustee opportunities.

Trustees wanted – South East and Central Essex MIND

SECE Mind has been successfully supporting mental health in the local community since 1966, with their head office based in central Southend.

As one can imagine, the demand for support with mental health issues has increased exponentially during the recent pandemic and yet, simultaneously, income streams have been severely diminished.

SECE MIND are looking for Trustees with a strong personal commitment to the aims and objectives of their mental health charity.

If you are over 18 years of age and can identify with any one or more of the following skills or experience (or similar) they would love to hear from you.

  • Experience of professional leadership
  • Experience of financial planning & management
  • Experience of strategic planning/project management
  • Clinical knowledge & experience
  • Awareness/personal experience of the challenges faced by Mental Health issues
  • Knowledge/understanding of the issues relating to the provision of Mental health services
  • Experience of supported housing
  • Strong links with the local community/local business
  • Experience of the 3rd/voluntary sector

If you are interested in becoming a trustee for SECE MIND, please get in touch with Caroline Grant, the Acting CEO via caroline.grant@seandcessexmind.org.uk to express your interest and provide a little about yourself. The charity will be in touch to arrange a meeting with you and some of the trustees to discuss the role further.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Caroline or call the office on 01702 601123.


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