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Board Trustee

Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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Full Time
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About The Connection at St Martin's

The Connection is based in the heart of London, near Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. Our history of working with people experiencing homelessness can be traced back to the First World War, and we offer both short-term practical help and more intensive long-term support to clients who are sleeping rough or vulnerably housed. Westminster is the epicentre of rough sleeping in the UK, and we work closely with people who find themselves on the edge in Central London, with nowhere else to turn.

We deliver a range of services from three sites:
  • A Triage and Brief Intervention Service for people experiencing housing crisis to understand their situation, signpost, provide housing advice and access to health care where appropriate
  • A Resource Centre providing facilities that give dignity and practical support to our clients - including showers, laundry, c/o address, IT access, basic healthcare services and meals
  • Resilience and Recovery work including a therapeutic group work programme, support with training and employment, and routes into mental health and drug and alcohol treatment
  • A Housing and Resettlement advice service which helps people to access supported accommodation and the private rented sector, reconnect to places where they have roots in the UK, and undertakes immigration case work.
  • A Street Engagement Team which includes an innovative day-time outreach service that works across the West End with those on the streets that face multiple disadvantage.
  • Two sites at which teams offer short to medium-term accommodation options for clients, with a wraparound support offer. This enables people to recover in a safe and secure environment with a roof over their heads.

About Governance at the Connection at St Martin in the Fields

The Connection's board is responsible for supporting and holding to account the Chief Executive and Leadership Team. This includes ensuring appropriate governance of the organisation, overseeing overall strategy, managing strategic risk, monitoring financial performance and interrogating the big strategic choices and high-level decisions about the running of the Connection. The board also acts as guardian of The Connection's mission and values.

About the Role

The Connection has a passionate and committed Board. We are looking for new board members to strengthen the overall mix of skills across the board, to add to the deep experience and knowledge of the existing board members. We will therefore be considering what candidates bring both individually and collectively with other candidates. The Board are particularly looking for candidates with lived experience of homelessness and those who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds to increase diversity of the organisation's discussions at a governance level.

Details of the role and how to apply can be found on our website.

Closing date: Sunday 28th November 23:59

Interview date: w/c 6th December 2021
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