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Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS)
BS1 9EU, Bristol (City Centre)
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
22 Jun 2021

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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SARSAS is an award-winning team of specialists who stand alongside people affected by sexual violence; Listening, believing & supporting them to reclaim their lives and campaigning to stop sexual violence happening to others.

We provide vital support to women and girls and men and boys through our Helpline, counselling, group work and specialist support services.

We are looking for 3 women* who can offer energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to join our volunteer Board of Trustees at SARSAS.  You will be joining an active Board and will play a pivotal role in shaping SARSAS and supporting our work.

Co-Chair Role Summary

Are you a leader? We are recruiting for a Co-Chair to partner with our current Chair in leading the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers. Your leadership experience will help SARSAS continue its mission to stand alongside people impacted by sexual violence.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chair and the Board to ensure that the SARSAS has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and that the charity, the Trustees and the Chief Executive Officer are focused on achieving these.
  • Ensure, in partnership with the Co-Chair, that the board of Trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.
  • Help the Chief Executive Officer to achieve the charity’s mission.

Person description

Applicants for this role will have strategic vision, be skilled at taking account of others’ views, coupled with a willingness to speak their mind stand by decisions.

  • Experience of leadership within a board/committee setting
  • Ability to think strategically, plan and set direction
  • Experience of line management/supervision
  • Decision making and risk management
  • Experience of partnership working
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • Understanding of and commitment to the feminist agenda/SA/SV
  • Commitment to best practice in governance and service delivery
  • Ability to build and secure trust and value from relationships
  • Ability to achieve through collaboration and team working

The nature of the work undertaken means that this invitation is for women-only and exempt under Schedule 9 Part 1 Equalities Act 2010

It matters to us that our Trustees reflect the incredibly diverse communities we serve, and we are actively seeking younger women, women from Black, Asian and minoritised communities and women with a disability for these voluntary roles.

Time commitment

Up to 10 x 2.5 hour meetings per year plus some email contact.

How to apply

Applications are through Reach TrusteeWorks

Please submit a CV and covering letter. In the covering letter please include how your skills and experience match the person specification, why you wish to join the Board and any other relevant details in support of your application. Please contact the TrusteeWorks team for any queries:

Deadline: 21st June 2021


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