Joining your local Foundation Trust
Many Health and Social Care organisations have become Trusts since the model was developed in 2004.
Foundation Trust memberships are made up of both staff and members of the public who want to have a say in the way the Trust is run. A group of governors are elected by their membership to make up the council.
Becoming a member of a local Foundation Trust is a great way to start getting involved with the Health and Social Care sector and learning about how it works.
By joining a Foundation Trust, you’ll be demonstrating your long-term commitment to our organisation and to your local community, which will be a great addition to your CV.
Not only will you get newsletters and notifications of key events and developments, as a Foundation Trust member you’ll regularly be invited to take part in meetings, seminars and focus groups.
You’ll regularly be asked for your opinions on how the Trust operates and you’ll have the opportunity to give input into how things should change and develop.
Many Trusts will invite their members to training sessions and informative presentations to learn about important public health issues or how the organisation works.
Some Trusts have meetings or forums specifically aimed at engaging with younger members. Taking part can mean discussing how services can best support younger people or even becoming a Youth Governor.
The Council of Governors are elected by the wider membership. As a member you’ll be able to decide who you would like to represent you, and you might even consider volunteering to be a governor yourself.
The annual members meeting is a large gathering of members and key staff where they discuss developments at the Trust and any major initiatives over the past 12 months.
Trusts will often engage with their members on important developments and initiatives. This could be through surveys, focus groups or engagement sessions - come and have your say.