The Association of Chairs will launch a programme for small charities next year offering a range of support and networking opportunities.
In an article for Governance & Leadership magazine, Ros Oakely, chief executive of Association of Chairs, revealed that the umbrella body would use a £463,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop the programme, and would reach out to chairs and vice chairs of charities with incomes under £20,000.
It plans to pilot workshops early next year before rolling them from the summer of 2018. It will also offer webinars and online discussions.
“By summer 2020 we plan to have nurtured a new community of chairs of small charities,” Oakley said. “They will understand and feel more confident in their role, be better able to take action and tackle difficult issues, and know where to go for support.
“Most importantly, this will feed into better decision-making and governance for the benefit of the organisations they chair and the causes and communities they serve.”