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Charity Trustee

Vision Homes Association
B68 0NP, Oldbury
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
20 Jan 2022

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Contract Type
Part Time
Consultancy / Strategy
Job Level
Entry Level
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Do you want to join a board with a new leadership team and an ambitious strategy to grow the amount of care we provide to people with complex disabilities, within a well established care organisation? 

What will you be doing?

Vision Homes Association (VHA) is seeking to recruit passionate and committed new trustees to its Board to help shape future strategy and direction for growth at a crucial time for the organisation.  

The most effective Boards are ones which benefit from the input from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. We are particularly interested in applicants with one or more of the following skills and/or experience:

  • Supported living/ specialist care home sector
  • Homecare sector particularly for complex needs
  • Human Resources – particularly recruitment and retention strategies
  • Business Development/Networking Skills
  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Fundraising
  • Finance/Accountancy or Financial Management
  • Information Technology and Technology Strategy
  • Legal

As a Trustee, your role would include the following responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that the charity complies with its governing document and adheres to all relevant 
  • legislation and regulations
  • Contributing actively to the Board in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Protecting and manage the assets of the organisation and to ensure the financial stability of the organisation

Board meetings are held quarterly at our Head Office in Trigate House, Hagley Road, Birmingham, and new trustees will also be invited to join one of the sub committees.

Trustees also attend an annual planning event and a mid-year event bringing together Board and staff. 

The time commitment would be equivalent to  ½ - 1 day per month. 

What are we looking for?

We are seeking Trustees to bring additional knowledge and input to our board. It is an opportunity for those that who are keen to use their skills and experience, whether professional or personal, to make sure VHA can continue to serve and to grow the excellent care that it provides to people with complex needs such as sensory impairment with acquired brain injury. Those in our care range in age and have differing needs, we aim to offer personalised care so that everyone can live the best life that they can. 

We’re particularly interested to hear from you if have direct experience of care home services or supported living. We also have a need to add to our skills and diversity as a board in areas such as Strategy, Finance, Legal, IT, marketing and fundraising. No prior experience of sitting on a Board is necessary as we offer induction and training. You do need to have the time to fully participate as a Board Member – this equates to ½ to 1 day per month.

There are minimum requirements for Trustees of VHA:

  • Commitment to VHA’s purpose and objectives and to the organisation’s values
  • An interest in accommodation, support and care for those with complex needs
  • Basic IT skills and access to email
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee, including attendance at regular Board meetings 
  • A willingness and ability to work constructively as part of a multi-disciplinary Board
  • All Trustees are expected to act with integrity and as Ambassadors for the charity to support and promote its objectives more widely

What difference will you make?

You will be joining at the start of new leadership team and a pivotal moment in VHA’s 30 year history to utilise your skills to shape and influence the future direction, to continue to deliver excellent care.

The trustees of the Board hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:

  • Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these
  • Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour
  • Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application
  • Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

What's in it for the volunteer?

VHA already provides an excellent level of care to those needing extra support.

This is an opportunity to use your skills at a time when the organisation wishes to expand its services.  You will be able to utilise your skills to set and govern the strategy for growth and improvement including setting goals.

You will have the satisfaction of knowing that the board has helped VHA develop and deliver an ambitious strategy for growth. You will gain confidence from helping to ensure that the underpinning systems, technologies and processes are robust and will support the plans for change.

Before you apply

If you are interested in finding out more, please provide your CV and contact details so that we can arrange an informal meeting.

Deadline: 31 Jan 2022

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