We are looking for new trustees and are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with lived experience appropriate to Spires’ client group and/or a background social care, probation or legal matters.
Spires is an award-winning charity that has been working with homeless and disadvantaged people in Streatham, South London, since 1990. Working with some of the most isolated and vulnerable in our society, we support over 900 men and women every year.
What will you be doing?
Our Board of Trustees works together to ensure Spires’ work is sustainable and accountable by exercising good governance and following all necessary policies and procedures.
In addition to your statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.
This is an exciting time to join Spires’ Board as we have an new strategy in place that will ensure we meet the needs of more service users over a wider geographic areas in years to come.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for individuals with lived experience and/or a background in social care, legal or probation services as well as the following attributes:
- A commitment to Spires and its objectives.
- Good, independent judgement
- Strategic vision
- A willingness to speak their mind
- An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- An ability to think creatively
As an organisation we are particularly keen to ensure that our Trustees are fully representative of the community in which we work and at the current time we would warmly welcome applications from people with a diverse range of background, ethnicity, gender, culture and physical ability.
What's in it for the volunteer?
This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in an organisation that is committed to helping vulnerable people to become active agents of their own lives. We are entering an exciting period of change for Spires. You will be involved in driving the strategic direction of our organisation, as we continue our provision of services which aim to empower individuals to lead more meaningful and purposeful lives, your role as a Trustee is key in ensuring our future sustainability.
The Board meets six times a year in the evenings.
Before you apply
Applicants will be longlisted and invited for an informal first meeting with the Chief Executive; this will also be an opportunity to meet staff and see the services in action. Candidates will then be shortlisted and invited for a formal interview with a panel of trustees including the Chair. They may be asked to make a short presentation based on their observations of the services.