The Building Resilience programme  

The Building Resilience programme

Building good governance in small London based charities

About the programme

We know that, despite their hard work and passion, many boards of small charities lack the full range of skills, knowledge and expertise required to help govern their charities most effectively. And in very small charities, it is very often the same people who lead the organisation as well as handle the day to day operations.

Yet we also know that there are a lot of useful services out there, provided by a range of great organisations, but one of the greatest barriers to effective governance is making charities aware of the information and resources available to them that give them the means to successfully implement the principles of good governance.

Thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation's Charity we are delivering a 3 year programme that aims to build the skills and expertise of boards in small London based charities so that they are better equipped to respond to the challenges they face.

We plan to do this by researching what support is already available and consulting with our members on what does and does not work, and thereby identify any gaps. We will explore ways of filling those gaps through working in partnership and collaboration with a range of sector bodies. We will share this information with all our members across the UK and keep you updated with how you can get involved throughout the course of the programme.

What the programme has to offer?

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Trustee Skills Matching Service - A free support service where we match members up with fellow trustees or mentors with governance experience who can advise and act as a sounding board for trustees of London based small charities.

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Training for Trustees - We run a variety of very low cost or free training across London with several trustee/governance focused sessions as well as many other training events suitable for trustees of small charities such as fundraising, communications and social media workshops and many more.

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Free Governance Online Resources - Visit our library of online resources where you can find a lot of information, guides, templates, policies and useful services to support your organisation's governance work.

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Free Governance Advice Line - We also run a governance advice line on a Monday and a Thursday between 10am and 2pm on 0207 358 6490 when you can contact us with governance queries or issues you may be facing and we will do our best to advise you or point you in the right direction to find answers to your questions.

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Trustee Recruitment Support - We also have our free Trustee Finder service in partnership with Do-it should you be looking for new trustees. Please also see this link to further organisations and services that can help with trustee recruitment.

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Monthly E-bulletin - Sign up for membership with us here to ensure you receive our free Monthly E-bulletin which has an “Essential Trustee Update” section and information, offers and opportunities for trustees.

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Trustees in the Spotlight - A feature on our website to celebrate the role of trustees of small charities launched during Trustees' Week, November 2015. Please contact us if you or one of your organisation’s trustees would be interested in this opportunity to share your charity's story which will be added to the Spotlight and shared over social media too.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact us on

Launch event at the University Women's Club

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The good governance workshop

Last November we celebrated the launch of our Building Resilience programme at the beautiful University Women's Club in Mayfair. Our Chair Simon Hebditch presented the findings from our programme so far, as well as explaining the next steps we plan to take. Lindsay Driscoll presented an excellent workshop on the principles of Good Governance, as set out in Good Governance: A Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Governance Support Services

As part of our research phase of the programme, we have compiled a list of Governance support services available in London and across the UK which you can download here.


The Good Governance Code

We're basing a lot of our work around the 6 principles set out in 'Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector', which has proved time and time again to be a great toolkit to help improve governance and organisational resilience. We hope the Building Resilience programme will help to support and develop the great work of the Code.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The Building Resilience programme is aimed at trustees and senior managers (or anyone who's interested in improving governance) of small London based charities. Organisations must be based in and deliver work in Greater London. We define a small charity as one that has an annual income under £1 million.

In order to benefit from the programme you must be a member of the Small Charities Coalition. Membership is free and gives you access to our full range of services including discounted training events, a monthly bulletin and a bespoke skills matching service. Sign up here.