Becoming a Jigsaw4u Trustee

Trustee vacancies occur from time to time and will be advertised on the website and elsewhere.  If you think you may be are interested in being considered as a Jigsaw4u Trustee and believe you have relevant experience and skills please do contact us at  info@jigsaw4u.org.uk as we always welcome expressions of interest.

Who is eligible to be a Trustee?

As well as relevant skills and experience it is also important that any trustee should be interested in the charity’s work and be willing to give the time to help run it.

You must not act as a trustee if you:

  • Are under 16 years’ old
  • Are disqualified under the Charities Act
  • Have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud)
  • Are bankrupt or have entered into a formal arrangement with a creditor
  • Have been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing
  • Have been barred by the DBS or have a conviction related to offences against children and young people
  • Have a serious conflict of interests with the aims and objectives of the charity

Recruiting trustees

In recruiting new Trustees, the Board will consider if there are skills/experience gaps that need to be filled. Vacancies will be advertised on various Trustee websites, local Voluntary Services Councils and Jigsaw4u’s own website.

Applicants will first be invited to meet a Trustee informally to discuss what is involved in the role. They must then complete an application form (giving details of their experience, why they wish to become a Trustee, 2 referees and any potential conflict of interest) and be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Check).

The next stage is an interview with 2 Trustees. Applicants will be provided with a copy of Jigsaw4u’s Constitution, most recent Annual Report and Budget; the Essential Trustee Guide from the Charity Commission and the most recent minutes of a Board meeting.

If all parties are agreed to go forward, the applicant will be invited to a Board Meeting as an observer. The Board will then consider the application – after which the applicant will be informed of the decision. If all are agreed and subject to satisfactory references and DBS check, the appointment will go ahead.

The Jigsaw4u office will then inform the Charity Commission and Companies House of the appointment.   Details of new Trustee appointments will be reported at the following AGM.

Induction for trustees

All new Trustees have a period of induction which includes being linked to an existing Trustee for any relevant mentoring. A document pack will be provided including the Charity Commission Guide ‘the Essential Trustee’ and a copy of the Memorandum and Articles and the latest minutes of the Board of Trustees, financial report, annual report and strategic and operational plans. New Trustees must attend child protection and safeguarding training within 6 months of appointment and thereafter every 2 years. Details of other training opportunities will also be offered and new Trustees are actively encouraged to participate. All Trustees are linked with particular teams or work themes within Jigsaw4u and will be expected to participate in relevant meetings as well as engaging with some wider Jigsaw4u activities.

For more information see:

“CURRENT BOARD OF TRUSTEES”

“TRUSTEES AND GOVERNANCE”