How to become a Scrapstore Trustee
Swindon Scrapstore has been benefiting the local community
for over 20 years.
The concept is simple: we turn waste things into play
things! By collecting local business's clean, reusable
waste, we save over 100 tons of waste from landfill every
Our membership consisting of over 100 community groups collect these materials for
re-use in recreational and
educational craft and play.
As a charity aimed at serving local and community needs
Swindon Scrapstore needs to constantly review and update its
activities and services to develop in ways that reflect
the social, educational and environmental needs of Swindon
and the surrounding area.
Some questions answered ....
Could I help you with this?
As part of its plans to develop Swindon Scrapstore needs
more trustees, people who are committed to the same aims and
principles and have the interest and the commitment to take
What does a trustee do?
Trustees are the people responsible under the rules of a
charity for controlling its management and administration.
So it is trustees who decide what the charity's objectives
are and how it will go about achieving them, and as part of
this they make a wide number of decisions about funding,
service provision, day to day running and employing people
within the charity.
Can anyone be a trustee?
Generally speaking anyone who is over 18 years of age can be
a trustee. However, certain people are legally disqualified,
for example anyone who is an un-discharged bankrupt cannot
be appointed as a trustee of any charity.
What skills does a trustee need?
Trustees are usually chosen for their commitment to the
charities objectives and for their ability to make an
effective contribution to the charity in terms of skills and
experience .So book-keeping, management skills, or being
able to organize fund-raising events are all valuable skills
for a prospective trustee to have.
Having experience of working for another charity will
also be valuable, as will experience of being in the same
position as the users of the charity's services or
experience of being a user and so fully understanding their
Do I need to be a particular type of person?
No, having a wide range of people as trustees is important
to make Scrapstore as representative as possible so anyone
irrespective of their age, sex, race, background and skills
can make a valuable contribution and is welcome to apply.
How do I more information about being a trustee of
If you are interested in becoming a management committee
member, please do
We are particularly keen to hear from people with
experience in business development, marketing, personnel, accountancy,
fundraising and retail.