what is a trustee?
the programme
empower trustees

Empower Trustees is a leadership programme and collaborative learning opportunity to find out about the leadership and governance skills you need to be a trustee. With less than 1% of charity trustees are under the age of 25 and 1 in 12 trustees named either John or David, it’s clear that we need to shake things up to ensure the outlook and work of Scotland’s charities is fresh, inclusive and diverse.

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.

The Empower Trustees programme consists of 6 months of training on leadership skills and feminist governance with Masterclass sessions with experts on being a trustee to support your development. It will also give you the opportunity to secure a mentorship with an existing trustee in the third sector in Scotland.


You will graduate this programme with an opportunity to join the Empower Project's Board so you can put what you have learned into practice straight away and a network of fellow mentees who are also passionate about making an impact and changing the world we live in.

what is it?

​This programme is open to women (cis + trans) aged 16-25 living in Scotland. You don't need to have any experience or qualifications, just a want to learn more about being a trustee! We particularly welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrespresented in positions of power, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women from ethnic minorities, women who are care experienced, young carers, disabled young women and women with experience of poverty.



The programme will begin in January 2022, and applications close on the 17th December 2021.


Closing Date: Friday 17th December