Trustees are volunteers too, not delivering frontline services, but every bit as committed to the aims and activities of the organisation as staff and volunteers who provide the services that are the reason for LGBT Youth Scotland’s existence.
We want to make Scotland the best place for LGBTQ+ young people to flourish and thrive and to play our part in bringing that about.
As trustees we have a range of different skills: finance, risk, governance, pastoral care, education, youth work and we each bring our own unique lived experiences.
And we bring all of that to the governance of our trust. It is our role to define values and mission and to set and monitor strategy. It is very much a collaborative process with staff, volunteers, outside stakeholders and, most importantly, the young people we are there to support and serve.
With the leadership team, it is for us to ensure financial security and fiscal responsibility and to identify and mitigate risk. To make sure that relevant laws and regulations are complied with and that company policies are in place, adhered to and regularly reviewed: safeguarding, data protection, employment, health and safety, equality and diversity, recruitment and succession planning.
We volunteer to do this because that frees up the rest of our organisation to do what they are best at: running our youth groups, providing support, delivering the LGBT Charter, and enabling our young people to have their voices heard.
Like every part of LGBT Youth Scotland our values – inclusion, innovation, empathy and respect – are at the heart of everything we do. We are volunteers, we are trustees, and we are passionate about making Scotland the Scotland that young people deserve.
Lewis Shand Smith
Convener LGBT Youth Scotland