People and skills

The skills that you need to manage and operate an independent Parks Trust are likely to be different to those managing a local authority service, and you may need to build into your structure roles that supplement the transferred skillset.

 

New in-house expertise might include:

  • fundraising and donor development
  • marketing and communications
  • business development and enterprise
  • commercial portfolio management
  • IT and systems

 

You will also need to identify how skills that have been provided by 'back office' departments in the local authority, such as financial expertise, legal advice, HR support, etc are provided in the new Trust. Outsourced or in-house, shared services or bespoke? 

 

Different skills are required at governance, management and operations level, see Understanding the skills you need below for some suggestions.

Volunteering and community involvement

Volunteering and community involvement is an area of real opportunity for the new Parks Trust. It can help to engage more people in caring for their local park and add value by sharing skills. 

 

Some local authority staff will have experience of managing volunteers but the Parks Trust will be in a position to test some new approaches.

 

If volunteering is going to be a key part of your model, our Pathway to volunteering and community involvement in a Parks Trust below, will help to guide your thinking when developing a volunteering and community involvement plan.

 

Photograph of a litter-pick in a public park

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