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This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the RSPCA Croydon, Crystal Palace & District Branch helping to achieve our purpose of promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals.
Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? Trustees manage the affairs of a local RSPCA Branch to promote and provide animal welfare within the branch area. The Branch chairperson acts as a principal member of the branch committee.
As a trustee of a branch you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals.
Below are the key activities of this voluntary role:
To take the chair at branch committee meetings and direct the activities.
To act jointly with all co-trustees and work closely with the branch secretary and treasurer.
To act as co-signatory, if required, on branch cheques and ensure that proper financial procedures are followed at all times, in line with charity legislation.
To ensure that all committee members are familiar with branch rules, national Society policy and their responsibilities as a charity trustee.
To be instrumental in the production, monitoring and review of a branch development plan.
To actively coordinate the activities of the branch, including the delegation of tasks.
To welcome and assist with the integration of new trustees and volunteers.
To attend an appropriate training course as soon as it is practical.
To ensure that a branch representative is appointed to the regional board and that the representative gives the committee a full report on the business conducted after each meeting.
To ensure that all the essential roles within the committee are filled by suitable, appropriate trustees or volunteers.
Most people aged 18 or over are eligible to become a trustee and you will need to become a member of the RSPCA. You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills. You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense and the ability to be objective is vital.
Specific skills such as finance, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation can be useful, but not essential.
As a minimum, trustees would normally be expected to attend a monthly committee meeting lasting some 2 to 3 hours.