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Governance and Trustees


Your charity’s Governing Document or constitution needs checking approximately every five years and SKC can help you review your existing articles of association


Charity Governance Code

Visit the Charity Governance Code to see the seven hallmarks of a good charity. There is a self assessment tool on the website that you can use to review your Board.


Small Charities Coalition

Support small charities to access the skills, tools and information they need to get going, and do what they do best. Resources include:

Setting up a charity

Choosing the Governing Document that’s right for you



Have a huge array of Governance and Trustee resources including their know.how guides to Governance including Getting Started with Governance and Improving Your Governance Practice which includes a Trustee Skills Audit and Trustee Induction Schedule and Pack.

Another free resource is The Governance Wheel a tool to measure and develop your governance and leadership, which links to The Charity Governance Code above. Measuring Up Impact is another useful tool to improve the way you plan, evidence, communicate and learn from the difference that your charity’s work makes.

Their Trustee Recruitment Guide includes a link to Trustees Unlimited, one of the UK’s leading trustee and board recruitment agencies, which will list your trustee roles for free if you’re an NCVO member. As well as Charity Job and Step on Board.

There are loads of premium resources for Trustee Recruitment and Induction for registered users.

There’s rolling training: Charity Trustee Induction and Refresher.


The Charity Commission

The Essential Trustee-what you need to know, what you need to do

Finding new trustees guidance

Trustee Recruitment, Selection and Induction


Getting on Board

Have developed an excellent free guide to good recruitment which can help your charity recruit a board that will help it grow and thrive. They run trustee recruitment workshops, and a learning programme called Trustee Recruitment Pathways, for charities who want support to run an active trustee recruitment campaign. They can advertise charity trustee vacancies for free.

Getting on Board

Advertise your vacancies

Download the free guide: How to Recruit Trustees



Post your charity’s trustee vacancy on Do-it for free.

Trustee finder


Reach Volunteering

List your vacancy for free on their self-service website. Free for charities and other types of organisations with an annual turnover under £1m). Use the paid for TrusteeWorks service for an advertising campaign and they access their networks to help you find a trustee.

Advertise your role



the FSI

Have videos from their own Essential Trustee Series to refresh the knowledge of existing trustees and/or as an introduction to new trustees


Charity Excellence Framework (CEF)

The CEF online toolkit enables any charity trustee board to easily assess every aspect of governance, against the charity governance code. Simply login and start using it

The CEF online toolkit


Young Trustees Movement

Are asking organisations to make a pledge to create more inclusive trustee boards and in return you can access resources to support your work. They have lots of initial resources to get you started.

Make a pledge

Resources to get you started


The Chartered Governance Institute

Have published a COVID-19 update for charities on the easing of lockdown Easing of Lockdown


The Association of Chairs

Are a membership organisation supporting Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities and social enterprises to help people lead good governance and run an effective trustee board. Join a network of over 700 Chairs, Vice Chairs, Chairs Elect, Chairs of board committees and former Chairs representing large and small charities and non-profits in the UK for training, resources and networking events for an annual fee £50-100.
They published a handy guide of top tips for chairs of smaller charities for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips


Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)

Offer leaders of smaller voluntary organisations online peer support sessions during this prolonged period of stress and uncertainty

Coronavirus Support Offer


BHIB Charities Insurance

Have teamed up with SKC to support organisations across the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Find out more and get a quote

What type of insurance should I consider for my charity?

What is Trustee Indemnity insurance?


The Resource Hub 

Have lots of simple resources on setting up not-for-profit groups from community groups through to charities, including the necessary governance documents, constitutions and legal structures

Starting a Community Group


Third Sector Protect

Have a handy blog post on what’s involved in setting up a community group



Have lots of resources for community groups, including Governance and Legal Structures


Power to Change

Have links to resources for starting a community business



Resources for setting up a social enterprise

Setting up a Social Enterprise

Model Community Interest Company (CIC) constitutions, memorandums of association and articles of association


CIC Association

Setting up a Community Interest Company


Social Enterprise Kent 

Support a huge range of new and existing social enterprises through support capacity building programmes

Social Enterprise Kent


Plunkett Foundation

Have lots of early stage resources for community businesses



Have lots of free resources to support social enterprises including legal help guides and is social enterprise the right model?