Governance is the general term used to describe the legal, supervisory and moral responsibilities arising from the trusteeship.

It also embraces more practical day-to-day issues in the way that trustees work with their chief officer, staff and other stakeholders to deliver the organisation’s objectives.

Governance is about taking responsibility for the running of an organisation and doing everything within the law to ensure its success. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach and that is why it is so important for trustees to have a clear understanding of what governance is – and what it is not.

Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is still important during the pandemic that trustees are aware of matters that may need to be reported as a serious incident. Timely reporting of serious incidents enables them to provide advice and guidance to charities where required. It also helps them to gain a better understanding of the risks facing the sector, which is particularly important now as they seek to understand how the pandemic is impacting on charities.

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Trustees and governance information sheets

Here you can find information sheets that have been written specifically for trustees and those regarding governance for the voluntary sector in Wales.

Take a look at useful resources that can also help you here:

Charity Commission Trustee handbook

The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do

This guidance by the Charity Commission, explains the key duties of all trustees of charities in England and Wales, and what trustees need to do to carry out these duties competently.

You should read this guidance if you are a trustee of any charity based in England or Wales, including:

  • a registered charity
  • a charity that is not required by law to register
  • a charity that is required to register, but has not yet done so

You should also read this guidance if you are thinking about setting up a charity or becoming a trustee in England or Wales.

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Charity Commission Trustee Welcome Pack

This is a simple but really effective guide from the Charity Commission that all new trustees (committee members) should read. It gives you the low-down on what is required from trustees, best practice and excellent guidance on issues that most trustees will come across.

Read more about the charity trustee welcome pack here

Latest news…

Join WCVA during Trustees Week in November

Trustees’ Week from 2 – 6 November 2020 is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees achieve and highlights opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. With their theme for Trusttes Week: ‘Breaking down barriers to trusteeship’, join WCVA who have lots going on, including:

  • a webinar on delivering your AGM digitally;
  • online events on diversifying your board (exclusive to WCVA members) and why young trustees are so important, and
  • they’ll be sharing trustee experiences and useful information all week on social media via #TrusteesWeek.

You can find out more details here

BAVO can help you

We can provide guidance, training and support with your organisation’s governance issues and needs.

For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E:

  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • PQASSO Quality Mark
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Lottery Community Fund
  • Disability Confident
  • Bridgend County Borough Council