Trusteeship

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Trustees are responsible for the governance of voluntary organisations. They usually meet between three and six times a year setting the strategic direction and ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements. Trustees agree budgets, oversee employment processes and are the people ultimately responsible for the organisation. Becoming a trustee can be an excellent way for you to apply your established knowledge for the benefit of others and for you to take on new challenges and develop additional skills. Whilst not the primary motivation for most trustees this can be an effective way of enhancing your CV and improving your employment prospects elsewhere.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee of a voluntary group and would like to know more please give Steve Place a call on 01202 466130 or have a look at our advice page.

Current Vacancies:
Below are vacancies in local charities, if you are interested in any of these please contact them directly.

sedcat

Faithworks Wessex

EDAS (Essential Drug & Alcohol Services)

Friends of Guys Marsh

Space Youth Project

Relate Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch

Home-Start South East Dorset

Friends of Dolphin

Mosaic

BADSUF


sedcat (South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport)

Charity Description

sedcat offers transport to those who cannot use public transport due to age, disability etc. Running regular shopping trips to Boscombe and Castlepoint and weekly outings to places of interest; garden centres, pub lunches etc using 2 accessible minibuses. sedcat also offers a door to door service with volunteers using their own cars to take people to the hairdressers, doctors etc or to visit friends or to social activities. In addition there are two Shopmobility units hiring our scooters and wheelchairs on short or long term loans.

Role of Trustees

Trustees are required to manage the strategic direction and development of sedcat taking responsiblity for overseeing finance, human resources, fundraising etc.

Skills and Knowledge

We need trustees who have the following:

understanding of the needs of the local community
experience of running a small business
knowledge of finance
knowledge of running transport
experience of fundraising
Time

The board currently meets monthly. Some trustees are willing to take on specific areas of responsiblity but that is a choice and not a requirement.

Contact

Hazel Walker at hazels.walker@virgin.net

Closing date

No closing date.


Faithworks Wessex

Charity Description

We deliver projects to help people live to the full and we inspire others to get involved and do the same. We are a Christian organisation working closely with local churches to show God's love in practical ways.

Faithworks Wessex currently employs 20 people, fiv of whom are full-time. We also have a large number of volunteers. We work across the conurbation and beyond offering a range of support to socially isolated older people, unpaid carers, those who are homeless or vulnerably housed, those in need of food, lone parent families and those wanting to learn how to manage their fnances. We laso encourage the work of local churches through management agreements, training and consultancy.

Trustee Role

Trustees are committed Christians with a range of qualifications and experience which enables them actively to participate in and contribute to the continuing development of Faithworks Wessex as well as to over see its effective legal governance. There is a full role description available on application.

Skills and Knowledge

We are currently looking for potential trustees with skills in the fields of human relations, legal/employment issues and management but those with other skills are welcome to contact us as well.

Time

Trustees need to attend six main meetings a year - currently on Friday mornings from 7.30am to 10.30am - plus other meetings where possible. They also need to be able to give time to reading papers and preparing for meetings, engaging in email consultations as necessary and undertaking other agreed tasks as the need arises.

Contact

Tony Oliver, Chairman at chair@faithworkswessex.org.uk

or Alistair Doxat-Pursar, CEO at alistair@faithworkswessex.org.uk

Closing date

Discussions can be initiated at any time and it is hoped that some new appointments will be made in Autumn 2013.


EDAS - Essential Drug & Alcohol Services

Charity Description

The EDAS mission is to offer advice, information and support to anyone in Dorset whose life is being adversely affected by substance misuse.

As a Third Sector organisation, EDAS remains true to its organisational values and maintains the ethos of empathy and understanding of the client's life events. Established in 1970, with the organisation's 40+ years of experience, passion and enthusiasm for the client group, EDAS has developed a service that provides care and support for all sectors of the community to include: Young people, carers, criminal justice clients, through-care and aftercare clients, clients with medication issues, pre-treatment and assessment for service usesrs aged 10 - 85 plus.

As a local service, supporting our local community, we provide a sense of 'belonging' for the client and understanding the environmental, social and psychological pressures that they may be facing. We are familiar with, and already have established positive working relationships with many of the local helping agencies that can complement the support for the service user.

The professionalism and expertise of the EDAS team ensures that good clinical practice is upheld at all times, providing the best possible outcome for the service user, helping him/her to work towards recovery and reintegration into the community, with improved prospects for education and employment, increased mental and physical wellbeing and a healthier and more positive outlook on life.

Trustee Role

The duties of an EDAS Trustee Board Member are:

To ensure that EDAS complies with its governing document (i.e. its Memorandum and Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
To ensure that EDAS pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document
To ensure EDAS applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives i.e. must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objectives, however worthwhile they may be
To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to EDAS setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
To safeguard the good name and values of EDAS
To ensure the financial stability of EDAS
To protect and manage the property of EDAS and to ensure the proper investment of EDAS funds
To appoint and support the Chief Executive Officers and monitor their performance
In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, evaluation or other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.
Skills and Knowledge

The EDAS Board would benefit from skills and experience in any of the following areas:

Setting targets, monitoring and evaluating performance and programmes
Financial management
Understanding the voluntary sector
Legal matters
Fundraising
Substance use/misuse
Young people and/or vulnerable adults
Medical matters
Information technology
Time

Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at EDAS prior to their first Board meeting. Trustees are expected to attend all Board meetings which are held quarterly and last approximately 2.5 hours. Trustees will also be asked to join one sub-group and these meetings are also held quarterly and last approximately 2 hours. All meetings are usually held in the afternoon/early evening. Papers are distributed where possible approximately 5 days in advance of the meetings.

Traditionally meetings have been held at EDAS 2 West Hill Road, Bournemouth or at the EDAS Learning Department 54a Ashley Road, Poole however it is possible that meetings may be held elsewhere in the future.

Contact

Kate Allard at kate.allard@edasuk.org

Closing date

None.

Friends of Guys Marsh

Charity Description

Friends of Guys Marsh is a local charity that supports the work of the staff of HMP Guys Marsh, a Category C training and resettlement prison for adult men, just outside Shaftesbury. Set up ten years ago and one of the first of a handful of prison Friends charities that exist in the UK, its work is focused on providing practical support for special rehabilitation projects at the prison, including projects that help maintain prisoners' family ties. It also supports the work of the staff with, among other things, a twice-yearly staff recognition award. As well as major projects, Friends of Guys Marsh also recognises that it is often small interventions that make the key difference to a prisoner's chances of sucessful rehabilitation on relase. www.friendsofguysmarsh.co.uk

Trustee Role

FOGM is seeking an Honorary Secretary and new trustee to take over from the previous Secretary who has undertaken this role for the past ten years. The Secretary, in discussion with the Chairman, prepares and circulates the agenda and takes the minutes at the monthly meetings (second Monday of each month). They also notify the prison in advance of attendees at the meetings and, working with the Treasurer, are responsible for filing the annual return with the Charity Commission.

Skills and Knowledge

Experience of minute or note-taking, computer and emailing skills; a confident as well as a methodical approach.

Time

Attendance at monthly meetings of approx 2 hours per month plus approx 1-2 days a month to draft and circulate agenda, write and circulate minutes and other ad hoc tasks. The Secretary will be expected to attend and from time to time help with fundraising events arranged by the charity (1-2 times a year)

Contact

Joanna Kozubska, Chariman: chairman@friendsofguysmarsh.co.uk

Closing date

No closing date but we are keen to fill this role by end of June 2014.


Space Youth Project

Charity Description

Space Youth Project is a project for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered or just unsure.

Trustee Role

Trustees at Space Youth Project need to be aware of or sympathetic to the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning young people from Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas. Trustees will help to guide the direction of the project, assist with fundraising and ensure the project is following policies and procedures.

Skills and Knowledge

Legal, HR, Financial or Marketing skills would be an advantage but not essential.

Time

The Board meets every 6 weeks in Bournemouth/Poole. The Board also support the team at events as required and with specific tasks as agreed.

Contact

Sarah Grayer at sarah@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

Closing date

No closing date.


Mosaic

Website

www.mosaicfamilysupport.org.uk

Charity Description

Mosaic is a Dorset wide charity supporting bereaved children, young people and their families. We also support those young people facing the death of a loved one.

Mosaic offers:

  • Individual support
  • Family group work
  • Residential weekend programme
  • Social events
  • Training for professional and those working with children and young people

The majority of our referrals are received from schools, where they have seen a change in behaviour, relationships with peers, lack of concentration, low attendance or drop in academic levels.

Since our launch 7 years ago we have worked with over 800 children across the county and currently have over 70 children on our case load.

Mosaic receives funding for individual work from all three Local Authorities across Dorset. However this only amounts to 20% of the funding required to run the charity and provide residential weekends etc. The remaining 80% is raised through fundraising, donations and trust applications.

Trustee Role

To oversee the service provided by the charity.

Skills and Knowledge

Corporate, Legal, Marketing desirable but not essential.

Time

Meetings are held every quarter.

Committment to the work of the charity.

Support at some events.

Contact

Margaret Hannibal at 01258 837071 or margaret@mosaicfamilysupport.org

Closing date

No closing date.


Relate Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch

Charity Description

Relate Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch offer relationship counselling for couples, families, children and young people. We also offer psychosexual counselling as well as couples and community mediation, supervised contact and training courses for parents at our Bournemouth centre.

Trustee Role

We are looking for enthusiastic, skilled, pro-active Trustees, who have time to support the work of Relate Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Trustees are responsible for overseeing charity governance, ensuring we comply with our governing document and adhere to our charitable objectives. Our Board support the strategic vision of the centre, monitoring performance, quality and outcomes and ensuring that funding and resources are best used to meet the needs of beneficiaries.

Skills and Knowledge

Relate Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are looking for Trustees with particular experience in the areas of: Finance, Fundraising, Counselling/Mental Health, Quality Assurance, Digital Marketing/IT, Policy writing.

Time

We are looking for Trustees who are able to attend 6 Board meetings per year as well as occassional sub-committee meetings, events and away days.

Contact

Claire Burgess at centre.manager@relate-bournemouth.org.uk

Closing date

No closing date.


Home-Start South East Dorset

Charity Description

We are the leading family support charity that helps children build better lives for the children in our local community.

Once a week one of our trained family volunteers visits a family in the family's own home and offers practical and emotional support to help build a family's confidence and ability to cope. Home-Start has a team of approx 90 volunteers and during 2012-13 we supported 163 families on a weekly basis.

The day a family decides it no longer needs Home-Start support is a good day for Home-Start.

If you would like to make a differnce and help a local family get back on its feet then please come and join our team.

Trustee Role

Being part of running a charity such as Home-Start is extremely rewarding. Trustees are responsible for the management of the scheme, ensuring it is run efficiently and to a high standard.

Our Management Board is made up of trustees and advisors. Our trustees come from a wide range of different backgrounds. Our Board also has family and volunteer representatives as well as interested people from other organisations. All members take an active part in our quarterly board meetings which last for 2 hours and are held on various days and times to try and accommodate as many members as possible.

Skills and Knowledge

All our trustees bring much needed skills with their backgrounds in social work, finance, teaching, administrative jobs etc. Some are retired but all have been parents and recognise the importance of good parenting especially for the first few years of a child's life.

Time

The role is not arduous with 4 board meetings and 4 sub-committee meetings a year plus the AGM which is always well supported by our local Mayors, Council Leaders and MPs.

Contact

Jennifer Thompson at office@homestartsoutheastdorset.org.uk

Closing date

No closing date.

Friends of Dolphin

Charity Description

The Friends of Dolphin was conceived as a special project by the Rotary Club of Parkstone in 1979 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Rotary International. Dolphin was launched on 23rd February 1980 at the Rotork yard in Hamworthy. On 21st August 1982, the Project was handed over by the Rotary Club of Parkstone to the first Chairman of The Friends of Dolphin, and has been a self-supporting Charity from that date. Since that time, Dolphin I was replaced by Dolphin II which started service in 1990; both I and II were flat bottomed boats produced by Rotork / RTK Marine with a bow ramp which made it ideal for boarding wheelchairs. We now have Dolphin III which replaced Dolphin II and allows us to side load from the pontoons in the Haven Marina. The Charity is run solely by volunteers and is completely non profit making. All money raised, both by Fund Raising and Donations go directly towards the running cost and upkeep of Dolphin.

All the 'Dolphins' are boats that have been specially adapted to take disabled people of all ages and disabilities and in particular those in wheelchairs or with physical disabilities.

The aim of the Charity is to give free trips to disabled persons of all ages and disabilities who, due to the lack of suitable facilities, are unable to use the normal pleasure craft operating in Poole Harbour.

Role of Trustees

Friends of Dolphin are specifically looking for a Treasurer. Amongst other tasks the Treasurer writes cheques, pays donation cheques into the bank and write thank you letters, maintain gift aid records, look after the cash book, monthly reconciliations and create reports.

Skills and Knowledge

A financial background would be beneficial.

Time

3 Board meetings yearly and 3/4 fundraising meetings.

Contact

Brian Mills at brianandanne@lineone.net

Closing date

No closing date

 

BADSUF (Bournemouth Alcohol & Drug Service User Forum)

 

Charity Description

 

BADSUF is an independent charitable organisation working with and for people engaged in (or wanting to access) treatment services and accommodation in Bournemouth. The Forum exists to provide individuals with an opportunity to express their views on the services they receive.

 

In this respect BADSUF engages with drug and alcohol service users through regular visits to treatment centres and supported accommodation as well as through the provision of a helpline for general enquiries and carers. The charity also offers independent information,k support and an advocacy service.

 

Trustee Role

 

BADSUF currently has a Board of five charity Trustees and is seeking to recruit 3 additional Trustees to join the Board. The role of the Board of Trsutees is to ensure that BADSUF is working in the interests of both service users and the organisation. This must also include maintaining financial stability.

 

The Trustees collectively are also responsible for overseeing the general management of the organisation and ensuring that BADSUF meets its obligations as a registered charity, including compliance with the organisation's agreed governance policy. Trustees use their expertise and skills to assist the charity to chieve its aims and are expected to attend bi monthley board meetings and the Annual General Meeting.

 

Skills and Knowledge

 

Candidates should have experience of contributing to management and/or committee meetings and the ability to work and communicate with other team members to achieve BADSUF's overall aims and objectives. An understanding of governance systems, business/finance management, drug & alcohol dependency issues, social care and community development is desirable but not essential.

 

Contact

 

To request an application form and/or an informal discussion with the Chair of the Board of Trustees please contact Caz Anderson, BADSUF Manager on 01202 535748.

 

 

 


 

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