Minister Kyne announced today (22 March 2018) the launch of TrustIE – a pilot project aimed at supporting smaller local charities around board recruitment.

Mr. Sean Kyne T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Rural & Community Development today announced the allocation of €20,000 for the roll out of TrustIE, a pilot programme aimed at helping smaller charities in recruiting voluntary trustees (directors).

The Minister congratulated the Volunteers Centres for taking the initiative in developing this pilot project, which is aimed at raising awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing Trustees.

The Minister added that “with the modernisation of governance requirements in the Charity sector it is now more important than ever that Charities have the right Trustees with the rights skill sets serving on their Boards.” The Minister added that “the role local Volunteer Centres can play speaks volumes for their awareness of the needs of local groups and the valuable contribution they make at the community level”.

The project involves a series of workshops for both charities and potential volunteers; covering good governance, recruitment strategies and board roles and responsibilities. TrustIE will also include a volunteer matching service to help smaller charities find trustees who have the right mix of skills and experience. The project will be carried out by the Dublin, Cork and Galway Volunteer Centres and will be reviewed with the Department of Rural & Community Development on completion later this year.

The Minister concluded “by thanking the Volunteer Centres for participating and in particular Ms. Edwina Dewart and Ms Tricia Nolan from the Dublin City and South Dublin County centres for developing this project.