Becoming a trustee


Trustees are the stewards and guardians of our mission. We serve our staff and volunteers, the foodbanks and churches in our network, and those who come to us in need.

How do we do this?

Firstly, by committing to our mission, and living out that mission in practice. We strive to walk in the shoes of those who are locked in poverty, and who need to use foodbanks. Their stories are all different, and we encounter each of them as a companion on the way.

Second, by supporting and enabling the extraordinary work of foodbank volunteers across the four nations of the UK. Over 1,800 churches, 1,400 individual charities, and around 40,000 volunteers serve our guests every day.

Third, by giving the 280 staff who provide the Trussell Trust's extraordinary energy for change everything they need to deliver the greatest organisational impact. With the right strategy, resources and leadership they can – and will – change the world.

Fourth, by reflecting deeply on the decisions we are called to make, listening with humility to the voices of those whose insights can enrich our own, and ensuring that we are always acting in alignement with the values we hold at the heart of what we do.

Last, by celebrating the steady progress we're making towards a society that has no need for foodbanks; the daily joys of service and encounter, the easing of a crushing burden, the the knowledge that we have helped someone get through a difficult day.

People who thrive at the Trussell Trust are passionate about social change, and about reducing the damage that poverty can do to lives. We are clear that the answer to poverty is not food, it’s about getting money into the pockets of people who need it most. We will not stop until everyone can afford the essentials in life. We believe absolutely in subsidiarity and the transfer of power and agency to people who may typically have none.

We invite interest from all, but would value the kind of experience which would allow you to contribute to one or more elements of our strategy, in particular 'changing minds'. Financial acumen would also be an asset, as would an appreciation of our roots in the wider Church community; and whether you are a person of faith or not, you'll share our fundamental values of compassion, dignity, justice and community.

If this description resonates with you, we'd warmly encourage you to find out more. There are around six meetings each year, and you may be asked to give some time to preparation or other events. Though the role is unpaid, we are able to reimburse expenses.




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