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Reach Volunteering
Leicester, Leicestershire
Voluntary role
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10 Oct 2021

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Forbes Charitable Foundation are seeking to appoint a small number of new trustees from a variety of backgrounds and cultures who can help in furthering our work.

The Forbes Charitable Foundation exists to provide financial support to small and medium sized charitable organisations, who in turn support people with a learning disability. Each year we make grants totalling £200,000 to £250,000.
Grants are normally made to charities with an annual turnover not exceeding 20 million pounds, and we support charities right across Britain.
Whilst there are some funds available each year for small one-off grants, the majority of grants are to support projects for up to three years with an upper limit of £25,000 per annum.
Applications are short-listed by the Grants Committee of the trustee board.  Once short-listed, organisations go through a due diligence process and are formally assessed by Trustees, on site where possible.
Forbes derives its income from investments, with a current investment fund of approximately eight million pounds.  We have ambitions to grow the funds invested and therefore the amount of support we can provide.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking to broaden the diversity and skill base of our Trustee Board.  In particular we are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for social care, particularly if they can bring diversity to our Board.
A multiplicity of perspective is required, and candidates should embrace diversity and be able to challenge and act with integrity. Whilst it would be desirable for candidates to have a knowledge of Community Care, the ability to ask questions, reflect and absorb is paramount.
The successful individual(s) will also be expected to join the Grants Committee and be involved in assessing applications received.

Trustee Role Description
The role of a Trustee is to ensure that The Forbes Charitable Foundation fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries through its charitable activities and delivers support in line with the Grant Giving Policy.
Remuneration: The role of Trustee is not remunerated, although expenses for travel and subsistence may be claimed.

Time commitment: There are two full board meetings per year and one Grants Committee meeting. Meetings are usually held virtually, save for one full board meeting per year and each third year for the Grants Committee. In addition to Board Meetings other contact, usually electronic or by telephone, will be necessary from time to time..
Members of the Grants Committee are encouraged to keep in contact with some of the charities that we support on an ongoing basis, which may involve visits.
The Chair and Secretary are always available where needed.
Location: Where physically held, meetings are mostly held centrally in Leicestershire.  Currently we have trustees based from Devon in the South West of England to the Lake District in the North West, reflecting the national coverage of charities that we support.

How to apply
Please apply via the Reach Volunteering site.


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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