We are looking for enthusiastic trustees excited about using traditional craft skills to help decrease social isolation and aid in the recovery, enskilment and therapy of a wide variety of vulnerable individuals.
The Woodworks Project was set up to help those who have faced difficulties through their mental or physical health or who have a history of addiction. By working collaboratively with the highly trained craftsmen, The Woodworks Project helps its clients to empower themselves enabling vulnerable individuals to move forward in their lives in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.
As a trustee, you will have the opportunity to play a significant role in the development of the organisation, helping to define its three year plan as well as providing strategic guidance and advice to the senior staff. Whilst the organisation is small it is also relatively stable and is seeking to increase its opening hours from 3-5 days per week. This will entail the appointment of new staff members and may also impact upon the planned change of premises in 2018.
- Offer advice and guidance to the senior staff
- Ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
- Comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
- Act in the charity’s best interests
- With your co-trustees, make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term
- Manage the charity’s resources responsibly
- Must use reasonable care and skill, making use of your skills and experience and taking appropriate advice when necessary
- Should give enough time, thought and energy to your role, for example by preparing for, attending and actively participating in all trustees’ meetings
- Ensure the charity is accountable.
We are seeking someone who will enjoy the flat-hierarchy and the challenges of creating a new type of organisation, working collaboratively with the staff and founders to develop and implement the organisation’s next three year plan. Trustees should ideally have a common sense approach, understanding the limitations of a small organisation whilst cultivating an ambitious but realistic strategy.
We are seeking a wide variety of professional skills including but not exclusively:
- Social Care: Including people from social services or clinical back grounds or who have worked, in any way shape or form, with vulnerable people. This could include anything from working closely with people suffering from drugs and alcohol addiction to working with people with disabilities or mental health issues.
- Charity Sector/Entrepreneurial Experience: Including people with a strong understanding of the Charity Sector, particularly smaller charities or businesses. A local knowledge and network with businesses and/or charities within Bath would also be greatly desirable.
- HR: Especially with regard to smaller organisations. Someone with a practical understanding of how to effectively resource a small but growing organisation as well as to develop proper succession planning for both the board of trustees and the staff.
- Trades: Particularly (but not exclusively) someone who has an interest in traditional trade-skills, especially upholstery or cabinet making. Someone who is able to understand the challenges and opportunities of running a small, independent charity/business and who appreciates the challenges entailed in providing training in these skills as well as selling handmade products.
Ideally, trustees will be based in or near Bath, however, the organisation is very much open to applications from further afield and is willing to adopt Skype or teleconferencing for the right person.
What impact the opportunity will have
The board of trustees has been significantly reduced in the last year and the organisation needs to grow both its board of trustees as well as its range of expertise. As such, joining the board will have a huge impact on the organisation and, by extension, its many beneficiaries. You will have the opportunity to develop the strategy of the organisation, defining its three year plan as well as assisting in the recruitment and induction of new trustees and staff.
What’s in it for the volunteer?
This is an opportunity to work with an organisation which assists a huge variety of vulnerable individuals. Unlike many organisations, it is the dedication to creating beautiful handmade products which unites its service users. The organisation supports and works with all kinds of vulnerable individuals including those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, addiction, physical disabilities and many others. You will play a key role in growing the organisation so that many more can benefit from the peace of mind, the training, the confidence and the satisfaction cultivated through learning and practicing traditional trade skills.
You will work with a passionate and friendly team who love what they do and who are committed to their trades and to the vulnerable people they work with.
6 meetings per year, lasting roughly 2 hours each. Additional ad hoc support may be required depending on organisational need.
Application is by CV and cover letter which should state why you wish to work with the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information. If you would like to arrange an initial discussion with the appropriate persons at The Woodworks Project, please don’t hesitate to contact the TrusteeWorks Team who will be happy to arrange this.