‘In whom we trust?’: the experiences of trustees in learning disability charities

Daly, Siobhan, Biddle, Paul, Brandon, Toby and Slack, Richard (2018) ‘In whom we trust?’: the experiences of trustees in learning disability charities. Voluntary Sector Review, 9 (3). pp. 293-309. ISSN 2040-8056

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the experiences of volunteers who are trustees in learning disability charities. Addressing a gap in the study of charity governance, we consider (i) what it means to be a trustee; (ii) what trustees do and (iii) what it is like to be a trustee. We argue that the complexity of the trustee volunteer experience suggests a need for a dynamic understanding of trusteeship. Drawing upon Saward (2010, 2009, 2006), we discuss "what is going on in trusteeship?" and the experiences of trusteeship as a series of representative claims. This is particularly pertinent to charities that work with and/or for people with learning disabilities where questions of representation are highly complex and politicised. The article presents a novel perspective on trusteeship to further our understanding of how trustees negotiate and address the demands of the position.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trustees, learning disability, volunteer experience
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 12:27
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2019 03:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36480

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