you will leave with:
what is a trustee?
why might you want to be a trustee?
the programme
empower trustees

Empower Trustees is our brand new leadership programme.

Over the next few months, we are offering a number of young people a collaborative learning opportunity to find out about the leadership and governance skills you need to be a trustee. 

Trustees are elected or appointed individuals who collectively are usually called a board of trustees. A voluntary role, each trustee often has a specific duty or responsibility but together they have the overall legal responsibility for the charity and make decisions about the charity’s activities and finances. 

But most importantly they should be committed to the aims and values of the charity and be representative of the communities they serve.

Being a trustee is a wonderful opportunity to support the work of a charity or a cause you are passionate about whilst using skills you already have and developing some new ones at the same time.

With less than 1% of charity trustees under the age of 25 and one in 12 of trustees named either John or David* it’s clear that we need to shake it up a bit and ensure that Scotland’s charities and their outlook is fresh, inclusive and diverse.

You will be mentored by a current member of the Empower Project’s board. Over three 1:1 meetings they will support you in learning everything you need to know about being a trustee. 


This will be accompanied by one masterclass session with an expert of your choice that will give you any extra skills and insight to support you. 


At the end of the programme yourself and your fellow mentees will work collectively to produce a digital campaign to fight tech abuse. 


You will also get a position on a board of trustees, so you can put what you have learnt into practice straight away. 

  • New or developed leadership and governance skills 

  • A network of fellow mentees who are also passionate about making an impact and changing the world we live in

  • A position as a trustee on a board of trustees!

what is it?

​No formal qualifications are necessary, and you don’t have to have ever worked in the third or charitable sector.

You just need to be aged between 16 - 25 and living in Scotland!


We’re looking for people from every background and are particularly excited to hear from those who have experienced poverty or the care system, are LGBTIQ+ or PoC.

This is a collaborative learning opportunity and we want to make sure you can make the most of this opportunity and we get the best of you. We'll cover all travel expenses for participants and 1:1 meetings will be arranged on an individual basis to suit your schedule. If you have any needs or questions send Tomiwa an email at



If you would like to submit your application in another format, send Tomiwa an email at


Closing Date: Monday 3rd February at 8PM.