Trustees Week at Cynon Valley Museum

“Over One Million Trustees”

Across United Kingdom there are 196,000 charities, every single one of them requires trustees. There are over one million trustees in the United Kingdom.

Trustees are crucial to charities, giving their time voluntarily to ensure the smooth running of charitable organisations such as the Cynon Valley Museum. Did you know that the museum was run by trustees as a charity? For Trustees Week we are taking a moment to reflect on what trustees do and why you might choose to be a trustee yourself.

 

Reopening Cynon Valley Museum

The Cynon Valley Museum became a charity in 2015, the newly established board of trustees, were successful in building the momentum and securing the funding required to reopen the museum to the public in 2016 (You can find our reopening story here). Since then the board of trustees have continued to give their time and expertise to guide the museum.

Trustees play an important role, in small organisations such as the Cynon Valley Museum, their experiences and skills are used to develop strategies, manage an organisations finances, and give specific expert guidance for example in HR, Retail or Fundraising. Every trustee brings specific experiences and skills which are essential to the running of the organisation they are part of.

The Covid-19 pandemic has however brought new challenges to charities across the UK including to the Cynon Valley Museum. Despite being closed, our trustees still meet remotely and continue to work to secure the museum’s long-term future.

 

What do our Trustees Say?

We spoke to two of our trustees about why they decided to become a trustee of the Cynon Valley Museum and what it is like to be one. Sue Hayes joined the board in 2016,

“As a trustee I help CVMT reach its potential using my skills, knowledge, and experience, to make a stronger place for the community. By volunteering I have met other trustees, local people with local knowledge, learnt about their lives, their parent’s lives, and what makes the people of the Cynon valley who they are. Being a trustee, is interesting, and fulfilling, and about making a difference to the community.”

 

Our secretary Lisa Jones on the benefits of becoming a trustee and the experience said

“Being a trustee is a great way to develop new skills as you are in effect helping to run a small business. It is also a really enjoyable way to work with a team of passionate people. Running a charity isn’t easy but it is very rewarding.”

 

Join Cynon Valley Museum Board of Trustees

The Cynon Valley Museum Trust (CVMT) is actively recruiting new trustees to join its Board. We are looking for trustees who can add their expertise and real-life experiences to help guide the museum through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond ensuring the museum is here for us and future generations at the heart of our Cynon Valley community.

If you would like to apply to join the board of trustees please get in touch by contacting the Chair of the Board of Trustees Richard Jones by emailing rjones@accessible.wales. We welcome applications from all, and specifically are seeking applications from people with financial management experience and who would consider joining the museum as the Boards Treasurer.

 

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