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.

The Charity Commission appreciate that during the coronavirus pandemic the charity sector will face extremely demanding and ever-changing challenges. Charities’ primary interest must be looking after the beneficiaries they serve.

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.

Their guidance on serious incident reporting continues to be the main resource for helping trustees to decide whether to report. However, they appreciate that the pandemic is giving rise to some unprecedented challenges and scenarios that were not envisaged when this guidance was published. | Read more |

Link Up Project: Prosiect Lincio Lan
'Strengthening 3rd sector skills'

BAVO is working in partnership with  Swansea CVS and Neath/Port Talbot CVS to strengthen third sector governance and skills development, such as recruiting and matching skilled peer mentors from public, private and independent sectors with third sector organisations.

Link Up aims to bring new skills and expertise to organisations in the third sector through mentoring and trustee recruitment to empower the sector to plan for the future and overcome a difficult economic environment.

They are looking for Mentors recruited from private, public and educational sectors to be matched with third sector trustees who are seeking support with governance aspects for the benefit of their organisation.

Mentors will have the opportunity to learn about the third sector and share their skills for the benefit of local communities. | Read more |

Save the date......

21 July from 10.30 - 11.30am
Link Up online workshop: financial planning (via Zoom)
Our Link Up project will be running a series of free of charge on-line workshops over the next few months to help trustee boards and committees to improve their organisational plans.The first workshop focuses on financial planning and will help you to have a better understanding of financial planning in so far as it relates to your role as a trustee.  | Read more | 

Thursday 30 July 2020 from 11am - 12 midday
Link Up: Cuppa and chat session for trustees and committee members
BAVO’s Link Up project is hosting a second free of charge, informal on-line get together for trustees to share their thoughts and concerns with each other and to discuss possible ways forward . Mentors from the Link Up project who have a range of different business skills will also be present. | Read more | 

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. | Read more |

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

| Charity Commission Trustee handbook |

Trustee training pack - the foundations of good governance

This five-in-one training pack gives you the tools and information to govern more effectively. The pack includes:
  • Five full online training courses: 'A trustee's role and responsibilities', 'Make your board effective', 'The essentials of charity finance', 'Strategy made easy' and 'What difference are we making?'
  • Downloadable toolkits and checklists.

| Read more |

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. | Read more |

TrusteElearning - e-learning website

This e-learning website has been produced by Community Action Suffolk to provide Trustees with easy access to a self paced training system. In addition to providing training, you will find this website a useful source of reference information.
The Charity Commission supports this product as an excellent tool to help drive up charity self-reliance and resilience. | Read more |

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: [email protected]