Trustee with experience of homelessness

Employer
Reach Volunteering
Location
Bristol
Salary
Voluntary role
Closing date
12 Nov 2020

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Function
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.

Essential:

  • 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

Desirable:

  • 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 November 2020.
  • Interviews (by video call) will take place during early evenings - dates tbc.
  • 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.

Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities. Find out more about when we charge.  

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Whether you are an organisation that wants to find a volunteer with particular skills or a new trustee, or an individual who has a skill you want to offer, you can:

  • join the community as a volunteer or as a charity and create a profile
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  • make contact and talk through what you're looking for 
  • make a match.

Our guides and resources help volunteers and good causes make the most of skills-based volunteering.

Other organisations and partners

We also work with other organisations including:

  • businesses, supporting their staff into rewarding volunteer or board positions
  • funders, supporting their grantees.

Read more about our partnerships.

Contact Us
  • Reach Volunteering
  • 17 Oval Way
  • London
  • SE11 5RR
  • United Kingdom
  • 020 3943 9901
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