Trustees to join Swan Advocacy

Location
Taunton, Somerset
Salary
£0.00 - Voluntary
Posted
02 Oct 2017
Closes
02 Nov 2017
Ref
TA2 6HB
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

About the organisation

Swan provides an all-encompassing and sustainable model of independent advocacy based on the belief that everyone has the right to be heard, have choice and control and to be safe from violence and abuse

Swan provides all types of statutory advocacy including IMCA, IMHA, Care Act, NHS and Social care Complaints as well as generic advocacy. We support people to self advocate by providing them with bespoke tools, training and support. We support people with dementia and memory loss to develop Living Well Plans and advocate for the support they need.

About the role

Swan Advocacy is looking for new Trustees to strengthen and diversify our current Board.   We seek candidates with experience and/or expertise in: 

  • law
  • marketing
  • website development
  • fundraising and income generation

We are looking for someone who is keen to use their skills to help people who are vulnerable.  As a member of the Board, you will work with Swan’s executive team to maximise the organisation’s reach and impact across the South West. You will be part of a Board which plays a key role in the functioning and success of Swan.  It sets the overall strategic direction and provides scrutiny to our processes and decisions.  Trustees also ensure standards of governance are upheld as well as assessing business development, risk management, performance management and internal control.

We have developed a new 5 year strategic plan that will build on our strengths of being a quality provider of advocacy services across the South West but addressing areas including social return on investment and outcome monitoring, co production, diversifying our income streams and using technology to enhance our service provision. We want to reach out to more people through our website and social media

Trustees are currently leading on a review of salaries, improved board reporting and preparing the organisation for the new Data Protection legislation as well as reaccreditation of the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark. 

Being a trustee with Swan is a an opportunity to make a real difference to vulnerable people within the community especially to those who without advocacy support would not have their voices heard, be able to exercise choices or have their rights up held. you would be joining an organisation who believes in

  • everyone has the right to be heard and respected
  • everyone has the right to choice in decisions about them
  • everyone has the right to be safe

Person Description

We are seeking Trustees to help us fulfil our ambitions and lead us through the rapidly changing context of social care and who are based in Somerset, Bath and N.E. Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

In particular although not exclusively, we are seeking people with expertise or experience in law, marketing, website development, and fundraising and income generation.

We are looking for Trustees who have a strong interest or background in addressing inequality, social care and strategic vision and leadership, and who as a member of the Board, will work with Swan’s executive team to maximise the organisation’s impact and reach across the South West.

Time commitment

The board and sub committees meet quarterly with some task groups meeting in between meetings.

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