Trustee with experience of homelessness

Reach Volunteering
Voluntary role
Closing date
27 Sep 2020

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Emmaus Bristol is seeking a new trustee with experience of working with our beneficiary group, people who have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness.

Emmaus Bristol helps people out of homelessness and poverty. We provide a home, support, training and work experience to 29 formerly homeless men and women in Bristol (known in Emmaus as Companions), as well as a family of five. We are renovating a house currently which will be home to either a family at risk of homelessness, or single homeless sharers. We plan to expand our accommodation further over the next two years in response to the growing homelessness crisis.

Emmaus Bristol’s mission

Emmaus Bristol works with formerly homeless and other socially excluded people so that together we can gain control of our lives, and discover our common purpose to help others in need.

Our vision and values

We are working together towards a world where every person is valued and respected, without injustice or distinction. We believe in:

  • Honesty - Being transparent and honest in all our dealings
  • Solidarity - Looking outwards to support those in more need than ourselves
  • Empowerment - Helping others to understand and achieve their true potential
  • Sharing - Resources, skills and learning
  • Supporting - Fostering  and cherishing lifelong interdependence
  • Working - to contribute and grow

Person description

The potential trustee might have experience directly of working with homeless people, or have experienced homelessness themselves.

The charity is also interested in seeing applications from potential trustees with experience in working with people in poverty or with addiction issues.


  • Experience and knowledge of best practice in homelessness
  • Strategic vision and good, independent judgement
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship


  • Knowledge and experience of the charity sector
  • Experience of providing support or pastoral care to adults
  • We want a diverse board where all members of the community are represented and encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds

Time commitment

Board meetings last two hours every two months (6-8pm or 7-9 pm on Thursdays). Some time is also required for preparing for meetings and other ad-hoc communications. You will also be involved in subcommittees. Board meetings are by Google Meet or Zoom at present. 

Please note the following dates:

  • Closing date for applications: 12th October 2020.
  • Interviews (by phone or video call) will take place the week beginning 17th October 2020, early evenings.
  • Board meetings to attend as an observer for the candidate(s) we wish to take forward: Thursday 26th November 2020 6pm to 8pm or 7pm to 9pm.

How to apply

Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please submit your CV and a covering letter stating why you wish to join the organisation, what skills and experience you will bring to the board, directly addressing the person specification, and any other relevant information.

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