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Reach Volunteering
Lancaster, Lancashire
Voluntary role
Closing date
15 Nov 2020

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We are looking for new trustees to join our board with expertise in Housing Law, Digital and Marketing and HR to help us continue supporting homeless young people in Warwickshire.

Doorway works with some of the most disadvantaged young people in Warwickshire. We specialise in working in communities where poverty and long-term unemployment have resulted in generations of social exclusion and high rates of homelessness. Over the past 22 years we have grown as an organisation and developed and enhanced our work and the impact it has across Warwickshire.

The aim of our organisation is to ensure that young people who are homeless can look forward with optimism, raise their aspirations and improve their quality of life. This can be achieved with access to good quality housing advice and support to equip young people with the skills and ability to move forward positively in their lives and fulfil their needs and potential.

Role summary

Each trustee that currently sits on our board has experience and expertise relevant to a charity responsibility. The current vacancies require experience and strategic understanding of Housing Law, HR, Digital and Marketing to aid the other Trustees as part of the team which enables the Charity to thrive.

All of our Trustees work together to deliver Doorway’s mission. You will be able to showcase your skills and experience to ensure we have a robust strategy in place, ensuring our provision of services continues delivering support to those young people who need it most.

Person description

  • Background/Experience in one of the following areas: Housing law, HR, Digital and Marketing.
  • A commitment to the organisation.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Good, independent judgement.
  • An ability to think creatively.
  • A willingness to speak their mind.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

•    Secretarial skills to support the board’s administrative tasks, minute taking, etc.

Time commitment

Board meetings take place every 2 months at 4.30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Subcommittee participation required. Please see candidate pack.

New trustees will initially be invited to attend board meetings as observers, or can also choose to join in as advisors to the board.

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.  

For volunteers and charities

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
  • explore roles and profiles
  • 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.

Find Us
020 3943 9901
Reach Volunteering
17 Oval Way
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom
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