The War Widows’ Association – Trustees

Are YOU ready to become a Trustee?

The War Widows’ Association is looking for new trustees to join the board. As a trustee you will become an important part in running this association, which is so close to all of our hearts. 

Trustees meet regularly to discuss and plan how to carry out our objectives. We look closely at our 3 pillars: campaigning, caring and remembering. 

This year we have been forced to meet on Teams and we intend to carry on with some Teams meetings along with 3 face to face meetings a year, once allowed.  If any trustee is unable to travel to a meeting, they can still join online and be part of the discussions. 

Trustees appointed now will be co-opted to the Committee, then will be put forward to be formally elected by the members at the AGM 2022. 

The Trustees deal with all aspects of governance as well as the day to day running of the Association. We are all volunteers and some have more time to give than others. We encourage Trustees to attend courses either virtually or face to face to further their knowledge and develop their skills.   

Position of Treasurer 

Who Wants to be a Treasurer?

It’s a burning question – and one of intense personal interest to me.  As I said at our virtual AGM only a few weeks ago – when I stepped forward last year to help, I’d like to say that I was chosen from a cast of many; but I was the only one!  However, I cannot stay beyond the end of this summer so it is critical that we find a new Treasurer.  When a charity is set up there are few posts that the Charity Commission say we must have – but a treasurer is one of them.

Many people feel that it is an onerous task and are perhaps nervous of the financial management involved – but there is no need to be; it is not a task that you do alone.  You have the support of your fellow committee members, our external advisers and the investment managers who do the ‘big stuff’. 

If this still sounds too daunting then the Trustees will be happy to split the post of Treasurer, to see it that might make it more attractive – so we are looking for 2 people.  First, there will be a trustee holding the post of Treasurer.  They will be responsible for overseeing all financial matters (including the bookkeeping) and they will action the on-line bank transactions (which are just like your own, if you already do on-line banking).  But then we would need a second person to actually maintain the financial records.  For this it would be ideal if you had experience as a bookkeeper, but it is not essential.  The accounts database is a very simple computer programme, and will be familiar to anyone who used accounts programmes, or even spreadsheets.  We don’t use the full range of its capabilities – but rather for those that might remember the old analytical cash books – instead it is just a smart cash book from which the examiners produce the annual accounts each year.

So, if you would like to know more please email me at wwatreasurer@warwidows.co.uk and give me your phone number and I’ll be happy to talk to you.

But please – I can’t stay!

Committee Assistants 

If you don’t feel ready to take on the responsibility of becoming a Trustee or you don’t have a lot of time to spare have you considered becoming a Committee Assistant? You can help in any area of running the Association by working alongside a Trustee. You and the Trustee would decide how best to utilise your skills and it will give you an insight into how the Association is run. 

If you are ready to take up the challenge then please contact the Secretary on 
secretary@warwidows.org.uk 

I look forward to receiving your applications 

Moira 

Applicants will be called for interview in January when the current Committee of Trustees agree on names to be put forward for a members postal vote. The interviews,  dependent on the latest Government guidelines will held face to face in London, alternatively interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams.