Swansea (Abertawe)
09 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type

Reach Volunteering are working with Caer Las Cymru to find trustees to contribute to the strategic direction and governance of the charity, help to promote organisational development, as well as building its reputation. 

Caer Las Cymru provides services to people who are experiencing profound social exclusion. These are individuals who are, for whatever reason, deemed by others, or themselves, to be disengaged and vulnerable. They can be referred to Caer Las’ services from housing and homelessness routes, mental health routes, or directly self-referred.

Caer Las provides services over three South Wales counties, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, and Neath- Port Talbot. The organisation provides housing with a support service, tenancy support to people in their own homes, specialist mental health services and prevention of homelessness advice services. They also have a 24-hour hostel, an accommodation service for older people, and some niche projects providing specialist training support and assistance. Clients can be people who have experienced homelessness, housing crisis, physical or mental health problems, substance use difficulties, or who have spent time in prison.

The role

The Board of Trustees has five principle areas of responsibility, and a number of associated duties that ensure the organisations Governance Function is of the highest possible standard:

  • The co-construction, and implementation of strategy; e.g. ensuring Caer Las Cymru stays focused on its mission, objects and strategy
  • The management of corporate risk
  • Financial governance
  • Scrutiny of the charity’s activities; e.g. ensuring Caer Las Cymru has appropriate policies, processes and resources
  • Providing support and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team

Trustees are expected to fulfil the following duties in support of the above:

  • Take part in Board meetings and contribute in such a way as to assist the Board reach sound decisions
  • Scrutinise board papers, offer critical analysis and ask relevant questions
  • Provide input in areas of specific expertise
  • Provide guidance to the executive and other board members on topics of related expertise
  • Sitting on recruitment and disciplinary and grievance panels as appropriate
  • Sit on at least one subcommittee
  • Contribute to governance development activities, including individual and group appraisals
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise

Person description

As an organisation that values inclusion, we believe that diversity can help strengthen our organisation.  Therefore, we welcome applications from a wide range of social and professional backgrounds with the ability to undertake the duties listed above, and will assess applicants based on their individual merits and what they believe they can bring to the organisation.

What impact the opportunity will have

Successful candidates will be contributing to strategic development and governance of the charity; helping to promote the organisation, in a way that is commensurate with the organisation's values.  

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Caer Las provides service to people who are experiencing profound social exclusion.  As such, successful applicants will have the opportunity to utilise their skills and can do so in the knowledge that they are helping to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

Time commitment

Mostly outside office hours. Board meetings are held every six weeks. In addition, Trustees must attend at least one subcommittee meeting per year.

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