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Your organisation could benefit from young trustees

The Young Leadership Project aims to get young people (aged 16 to 25 years old) involved with Suffolk charities as trustees, enrolling them in the Suffolk Young Trustee Programme.

The Young Leadership Project aims to bridge the gap between trustees, organisations and young people. Young people are our future charity leaders.

The average trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old, and 55 in Northern Ireland!

There are many benefits connecting young people with local charities:

  • Broaden the diversity of your organisation’s trustee board
  • Bring young people’s perspective, experience and skills to your trustee board
  • Pave the way for future charity leaders and trustees
  • Young people are interested in volunteer leadership opportunities, but are unaware of trustee’s role, or feel inexperienced to become one
  • Young people increasingly want to make a difference to their community

What is the Suffolk Young Trustee Programme?

This programme will connect motivated young people with voluntary organisations, looking to welcome a young trustee onto their trustee board:

  • The Suffolk Young Trustee Programme will last for one year
  • Young people will start in a non-voting trustee role
  • Organisations will be part of the recruitment process of young people, supported by CAS
  • A charity trustee will mentor the young trustee
  • CAS will offer free ‘Get on Board’ training for young people, created by Children’s Right Unit based in Wales

This model has been adapted from Oxford Hub Young Trustees Programme, as an excellent example of how to involve students on trustee boards.

I’m interested, how do I get involved?

For more information download our information packs:

  • Information pack for young people (coming soon)
  • Information pack for organisations (coming soon)

If you’re interested in the Young Leadership Project, complete the relevant online form below and we’ll be in touch!

I’m a young person | I’m from an organisation


Janet Perry, Youth Leadership Development Officer
07391 419917

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