Young people with vision impairment and complex needs need you! We are seeking a new chair of our trustee board. Someone who has a passion for supporting services for young people with disabilities.
InFocus Charity is the vision impairment and complex needs charity based in Exeter, Devon. We offer a wide range of services to children, young people and adults who have a vision impairment and other support needs. Our mission is to empower people with vision impairment to lead their best and fullest adult lives by equipping them with skills and knowledge about how to live as independently as possible, advocate for themselves and work towards their aspirations as full and active citizens.
What will you be doing?
We need someone with experience on a board, and preferably some interest or experience in adult care, special education, or young people with disabilities. The role takes up about 1-2 days a month.
Main duties are chairing the board meetings (6 a year), doing some on site audit/scrutiny work, being called on to represent the board with regulators, doing some schmoozing to encourage supporters and donors and supporting the CEO in her role. There is an active board of trustees, with a wide range of relevant skills and experience, but none who feel they are able to be chair!
Attendance at our Exeter site for meetings is preferable although we can do a hybrid of onsite/remote!
What are we looking for?
- Experience on a board (essential)
- Experience (personal or professional) in one or more of the following areas: (essential)
- Special education
- Vision impairment or sensory impairment
- Adult care services for people with learning or physical disabilities
- working with or supporting young people with disabilities
Good chairing skills (essential)
Charity management experience (desirable)
Fundraising knowledge (desirable)
What's in it for the volunteer?
You can make a real difference to the lives and futures of a group of young people with multiple and challenging disabilities by becoming our new chair. We are a friendly supportive organisation who truly values our volunteer input. You would have a great team of trustees supporting you and working with you and a committed bunch of staff. We have lots of ideas and opportunities for growth as well as challengers to deliver what we do as best we can. Over the next three years you could part of some brilliant new activities as well as being proud of steering a well led and effective organisation.
Meetings are usually afternoon on a week day but this can be flexible. Most on site activity is daytime week day. Meetings last about 3 hours.
Before you apply
Trustees will need to have an enhanced DBS.
Deadline: 30 Nov 2021