Over 27,000 volunteers are involved in management committees in Northern Ireland. Committee members play a vital role in overseeing an organisation's work by ensuring the proper procedures and policies are in place to manage a charity effectively.
The Code of Good Governance sets out seven principles and practices of good governance for voluntary and community organisations. The principles are linked to the responsibilities and legal requirements of organisations and committee members.
The DIY Committee guide provides an online resource for management committees in Northern Ireland. It follows the structure of the Code of Good Governance which is intended to help and support management committees, executive committees, board of directors/ trustees or any other type of governing body in the voluntary and community sector.
A governance healthcheck is available to download which is a self assessment tool designed to assist organisations to benchmark their current practices, plan for improvements and demonstrate a commitment to quality.It is a practical resource that can assist committees to work towards adhering to the principles of the Code of Good Governance
Management Committees operate most effectively when their members come with different skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. This variety helps the Committee meet its many responsibilities and contributes to the dynamics and creative energy within the group. Whether you are thinking of recruiting new members or reviewing your existing membership a skills audit can help to identify the existing skills members have and identify any gaps or additional skills required. These finding can then be used to target your recruitment of new members
Volunteers play a vital role in governance as part of Management Committees/ Boards in the Voluntary and Community Sector across Northern Ireland. In recognition and support of this crucial role, Volunteer Now has developed an information sheet exploring the roles and responsibilities of Management Committees. Those of individual committee members and officer bearer roles. It also highlights key areas for volunteers to be aware of when taking up a Management Committee role so that they can be informed and effective.
For information on child protection training for voluntary management committees click here.
Charity Regulation and Good Governance Road Show Events- Great Success!
The Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks have successfully completed a series of free seminars across NI. These events focused on the new rules and regulations that have come into being from the Charities Act (NI) 2008. The seminars also highlighted the importance of good governance within charities, and discussed how the Code of Good Governance Health Check can be used to help improve governance in organisations of any size or nature.
To download a copy of the presentations from the event follow the links below:
For further information and support regarding Governance visit: www.diycommitteeguide.org