Governance - Overview and Access to Support
Governance is a key issue for the voluntary and community sector. It is ‘the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation’.
In voluntary and community sector organisations, governance is provided by the board of trustees. This group oversees the organisation, making sure it fulfils its mission, lives up to its values and remains viable for the future.
To do this, the board sets up a variety of systems to control and monitor the organisation’s activity. It makes decisions along the way, altering the systems as needed. In doing this, the board carries out governance. For a summary of what the board needs to do to govern an organisation responsibly, see the 12 key board responsibilities (from Governance Hub).
The Charity Commission has guidance on it's website that includes everything trustees need to know about their role. This includes legal obligations, financial responsibilities, and the duty of care.
Information sheets on: the responsibilities of the management committee, the roles of the Chair, Scretray and Treasurer, and many other aspects of running an organisation are available from the Resource Centre online at or call 01273 606160.
Impetus’ Performance Development Service provides support to medium sized organisations that employ staff and provide services in the health, welfare and social care sector or work with socially excluded people. It offers skilled support to enable organisations to improve their management and governance systems thereby enabling them to deliver services more effectively.
- Improve your Board’s performance
- Business Planning and Strategy
- Monitoring & Evaluation and quality improvement
- Fundraising search through Funder Finder
- Support with funding strategies
- Organisational Health Check using PQASSO
- Organisation or Project Set Up
- Problem Solving and Crisis Intervention
- Policy / Procedure Development
- Management Development
They can be contacted on 01273 229000 or via their website.