Handbook:Setting up a Supporters' Trust – The three-stage model
Regardless of the starting point, Supporters Direct recommend working from a three stage model of establishing a Trust to ensure that they incorporate the democratic and inclusive principles from the beginning - see the figure below. Although the model may be amended to suit different circumstances, it is helpful to have a template to gauge progress and keep in mind a clear rationale.
The three stages are as follows: the open meeting, the launch of the Trust and the first Trust AGM. Each stage represents the fruition of a great deal of time and effort. The diagram below represents these stages.