The Art Ministry is a small charity providing weekly low cost arts and crafts sessions to around 100 children and adults with various needs from south east Essex. They provide a caring environment in which people can explore their creativity and at the same time expand their social interaction, increase their self confidence and boost their self esteem. The charity has been established over 25 years, is well respected in the local community and is financially sound. Its annual income averages £25,000, half of which is paid as salaries to 5 part time session leaders. The Art Ministry’s Board of Trustees share responsibility for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity. The Board has the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of Charity, ensuring that it is solvent and well run, and delivering the charitable purposes for public benefit.
A trustee is a legally recognised role, and as such a trustee must perform certain statutory duties. Working in partnership with other trustees, trustees must ensure that The Art Ministry: complies with all legal and regulatory requirements, including regulation relating to Employment, Health and Safety, Data Protection and Safeguarding, pursues only the objects set out in its Declaration of Trust, has a clear strategic plan and is focussed on its delivery, so that it can continue to achieve its objects is adequately funded to ensure its financial stability properly protects and manages its assets, including the appropriate investing and spending of funds.
In addition to the statutory duties, a trustee will be expected to assist The Board in the following: participation in specialist committees of The Art Ministry, according to their skills and experience, such as the Fundraising Committee or Finance Committee, general management of The Art Ministry, protecting the good name of The Art Ministry, interviewing, appointing and monitoring trustees and employees, counter-signing cheques and authorising the allocation of The Art Ministry’s funds, attending and hosting events to promote The Art Ministry, performing specialist tasks according to their skills and experience, such as chairing meetings, assessing risks, assessing classes, reviewing employee performance, and minute taking.