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Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire

About Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (VANL) is a valued and successful charity in North Lanarkshire which makes an important contribution to local people’s wellbeing and equality by:

  • providing guidance and support to community and voluntary sector (CVS) organisations of all types and sizes on a wide range of issues such as funding, strategy, governance, HR, ICT and more
  • supporting volunteering including promotion to the public; matching individuals to volunteer roles; and supporting volunteer-involving organisations
  • supporting our CVS to work better together and in partnership with local communities, the council and NHS to improve services and support to local people – this includes assisting with North Lanarkshire’s community planning partnership – North Lanarkshire Partnership and hosting the flagship Community Solutions Programme.  

The Trustee Role

Trustee roles with VANL - as for all charities -  are voluntary, however, we pay reasonable expenses such as travel and/or childcare.

Key responsibilities for VANL’s trustees, as for all charities – are to collectively ensure:

  • that VANL fulfils its charitable purposes and delivers its agreed strategy in line with our values and legal requirements
  • has effective executive leadership and management of the organisation
  • is financially sound
  • has efficient, effective and accountable governance

To fulfil these responsibilities, VANL’s trustees need to contribute at least 40 hours a year of their time to support effective participation in:

  • our quarterly Board meetings
  • one of our quarterly Committee meetings
  • our AGM.

Most of VANL’s governance meetings are now held remotely as this reduces the time and travel commitments for trustees. However, a few meetings are held in person in suitable venues in North Lanarkshire.

In addition to the core trustee role above, trustees are also able to participate and contribute to VANL events and represent the organisation on external bodies, if they wish to and have time.

VANL’s trustees make a vital and valued contribution to VANL, the wider CVS and  the people of North Lanarkshire. Becoming a charity trustee also provides opportunities for personal and professional development.

If you would like more information about this role you can read the formal VANL Trustee Role description here.

We also have a comprehensive Governance Pack which we can send on request. (Please request from Ryan Young using the email below.)

If you are interested in the role and wish to discuss it further before applying, please contact Maddy Halliday, VANL’s CEO at

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form available here, and send to