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Reach Volunteering
New Milton, Hampshire
Voluntary role
Closing date
9 Apr 2021

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Job Details

New Forest Mencap are looking for new trustees to bring fresh ideas to the board.

New Forest Mencap is a small local charity that works with vulnerable individuals with a learning disability, their families and local communities to improve their social inclusion.

We work to provide solutions and enhance understanding of the strategic choices and practical actions that society can take to understand and improve the lives of those with a learning disability.

Each year we directly benefit around 100 individuals living in the New Forest Area.

New Forest Mencap runs three Gateway Clubs which provide social inclusion to our members and gives respite to parents and carers. We also use our expertise and knowledge to inform and liaise with other services and professionals within the learning disability community.

Our frontline services offer:
• Support and information to Parents and Carers
• Social inclusion and friendship building for our members
• Confidence and skills building through the Gateway Awards Scheme
• Short work experience opportunities through our charity shop
• Signposting and lobbying

Person description

We are looking for new trustees to join ou board who can bring the following skills/experience:

  • Experience/background in health and safety, commercial, PR/marketing/communications or administrative/company secretary skills.
  • Have a commitment to the aims of New Forest Mencap.
  • Have a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort, including attending Executive Committee and other necessary meetings.
  • Have strategic vision and be able to understand and assess risks
  • Have good, independent judgement.
  • Have an ability to think creatively.
  • Be willing and able to express their views and opinions
  • Understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Be able to work effectively as a member of a team and to maintain good working relations.
  • Adhere to the Nolan’s seven principles of public office: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Knowledge or experience of learning disabilities is desirable but not essential.

We are small local charity that works with vulnerable individuals with a learning disability, their families and local communities to improve their social inclusion. We are a friendly and welcoming organisation. We offer you the opportunity to be a valued member of our Board and to give something back to your community using your skills.

How to apply

All applications must be sent via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. In order to apply, please send your CV and cover letter, in which you explain why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience would contribute to the Board.


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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