Happy Trustees Week!
Here we are again - that week in the calendar where we celebrate the hard work, achievements and contributions made by the country's thousands of charity trustees - and do what we can to encourage others to take up this important responsibility. This year, we're making a conscious effort as Scotland's charity regulator to play an active part in generating awareness and participation.
So, we're speaking at an event in Dundee, run by Scotland's Third Sector Governance Forum, to highlight the work of trustees and generate discussion; we've published case studies of Scottish trustees setting out the work they do and their experience of the role; and we've created this dedicated section on our website featuring blogs and video - which we'll develop over time to encourage discussion with the sector and the sharing of ideas.
We estimate that there are over 180,000 charity trustees in Scotland, almost all of them unpaid volunteers, making a massive contribution to the life of our country and the welfare of people both here and abroad. That's worth highlighting, and we're proud as charity regulator to work alongside our counterparts elsewhere in the UK, and sector bodies such as SCVO, ACOSVO, Charity Trustees' Network, ICAEW, Institute of Fundraising, and Young Charity Trustees . If you haven't already done so, check the Trustees' Week 2013 website to find out more.
I hope you'll feel similarly encouraged to take part and highlight any activity that's going on in your area. And remember - Trustees' Week may be the highlight of the calendar but the activity it promotes is all year round, so I hope you'll keep coming back to share your ideas and achievements. It's part of our wider engagement work where we aim to be more interactive with the sector, and we actively welcome your contribution. Over to you!