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Treasurer and Trustees

Employer
Cambridge Women's Resources Centre
Location
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Salary
0.00 - Voluntary
Closing date
2 Jul 2021

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

About Us

Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre are currently looking for a new Treasurer and Trustees to join their committed and dynamic board

CWRC is a welcoming and accessible women’s community space in our new building on Swann's Road. The centre was established in 1982 and has a rich history of supporting, training and encouraging women seeking positive change for themselves and their families.

This long established and constantly evolving community of women, offers a realm of services to make life and living a little bit easier. Here women find practical support and advice on many challenging day to day issues, including guidance on career development, support and advice on debt and financial, family and parenting, together with a mix of fun and practical informal groups, workshops and networking events.

Offering a safe environment for all who walk through our doors, coffee room and free WIFI, CWRC encourages and facilitates a sense of friendship and companionship; empowering women and helping them to take steps to a better future.

Role Summary

A member of the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre (CWRC) contributes to the governance of an organisation with an outstanding record of success in providing training, support, resources and activities to enable women to transform their lives. Every year we have hundreds of women accessing our services. These range from women who drop in to our centres for a cup of tea and a chat to others who need the intensive support we provide through one of our projects or partnerships. For the best part of forty years, CWRC has co-ordinated the work of volunteers based in the communities that we are proud to serve and has brought women together to share and understand their own experiences and to learn from and inspire each other.

Person Description

Please note, given the nature of our work and our commitment to providing a safe space for women, we are only accepting applications from female applicants at this time. We are also keen to increase diversity on our board. We would especially welcome applications from young women and less represented minority backgrounds.

We would like to hear from women who have the following skills and experience and can demonstrate the following competencies and values:

  • Experience in finance/financial management, business development/diversifying streams of income, HR, IT and/or Marketing.
  • Interest in working in the women's sector.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of CWRC.
  • Commitment to the purpose and mission of CWRC, its development and implementation.
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Personal integrity.
  • Good, independent judgement.
  • Ability to think creatively.
  • Willingness to speak their mind.
  • Respect for those with differing views to be able to enter discussions constructively.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

Time Commitment

We ask our trustees to be available for a minimum time commitment of 6 hours a month.

Extra time will be needed if trustees volunteer to take on an officer/sub-committee role, or any other responsibilities.

Board meetings are normally held at six week interludes.

One meeting each year is allotted to strategic planning.

Board meetings last approximately two hours and are usually held at CWRC’s offices in Cambridge at a time which is discussed and agreed.

Papers are usually distributed one week in advance of meetings.

Trustees may be asked to join one of the committees or working parties which meet from time-to time as required and in Cambridge or Peterborough.

Trustees are invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of CWRC, in Cambridge or Peterborough.

Other Details

An induction process is in place to ensure new Trustees feel welcome and informed.

Trustees can claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in travelling to and from meetings.

How to Apply

Please send a CV or similar, (eg LinkedIn Profile) along with a short supporting statement outlining:

• Why you are interested in joining our board

• Your relevant skills and experience

• How you think you could apply your skills and experience to strengthen our board

• Please send applications to the TrusteeWorks email addess provided

Company

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
Telephone
020 3943 9901
Location
Reach Volunteering
17 Oval Way
London
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom
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