There are approximately 24,000 registered charities in Scotland with over 180,000 Trustees (ref: http://trusteesweek.org).
Based on a rough calculation that volunteers spend a minimum of 10 hours per year in the role of Trustee (quarterly board meetings X 2.5 hours) when further multiplied by 180,000 Trustees results in a very conservative figure of 1,800,000 volunteering hours per year. Multiplying 1,800,000 hours by Scotland’s national minimal wage of £7.83 per hour serves to highlight the economic value of the volunteering role of Trustee as a staggering £14million plus.
On average only 10% of the total number of trustees are under the age of 34 years, with the average age being 57 years. The latter figure may be down to several reasons i.e. the skills and experience that charities are looking for, the role of trustee itself and/or individual charities purpose being less attractive to younger people, but also accessibility when and where boards of trustees meet.
Below are a few current trustee vacancies, a link to The Role of Trustees Video and a range of informative links
Current trustee vacancies
Linlithgow Heritage Trust
Livingston Art Association