Creative Arts for Health charity looking for Finance Trustee

Creative Arts for Health charity looking for Finance Trustee

Trustee/Governor
J92914
At a glance

Skills

  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management

Where

Cambridge, CB4 2JQ
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 50 miles from Cambridge

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Board meetings (4 per year) are usually held on a Wednesday 4.30-6.30pm. Finance subcommittee meetings (monthly) usually take place online.

Cambridge Community Arts empowers people creatively. We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic professional with experience in Finance to join our Board of Trustees. 

What will you be doing?

Cambridge Community Arts is looking for Trustee/s to join their Board with professional skills in finance

  • CCA Trustees are appointed for a period of 2 years with the potential to renew for a further 2 years. As a trustee you are required to
  • Attend Board meetings (4 per year). These are usually held on a Wednesday 4.30-6.30pm and will be at our offices in Arbury Court or online. You will need a laptop and stable internet connection to participate in online meetings. 
  • Attend the Finance Subcommittee – in time we may ask the Finance Trustee to chair the Finance Subcommittee meetings. They are usually monthly and online.  
  • Attend the Annual Strategy Day. This is a full day session where we take the time to think about longer term plans for the charity.  In previous years we have had visits to Kettles Yard and Wicken Fen followed by a strategic planning session.
  • Be available for consultation by telephone/email around twice a month. This will be to provide support to CCA staff who may be dealing with a problem or issue that lies within your field of expertise.
  • Attend at least one CCA learner event per year. This could be an end of course performance or exhibition, graduation day or fundraising event.

What are we looking for?

Cambridge Community Arts is looking for Trustee/s to join their Board with professional skills in finance. We are looking for the following expertise:

  • Understanding of financial administration in the charity sector
  • Understanding of the management of charity resources, including internal financial controls, charity reserves and restricted funding

What difference will you make?

As a Trustee of Cambridge Community Arts, you will help to change many lives for the better. 

CCA’s vision is of healthier communities empowered by their own creativity. Our mission is to support adults to overcome health barriers to social inclusion through creative participation and learning.  Since 2014 we have provided over 2000 creative arts course places. Our evaluation shows that our work increases mental wellbeing, improves confidence, and reduces social isolation and loneliness. 

Of last years’ (2022-2023) beneficiaries 49% had a physical health condition and 66% had a mental health condition.

Outcomes reported by our beneficiaries included:

  • 83% had improved art-form skills
  • 79% improved their confidence
  • 64% had an improved sense of wellbeing
  • 58% improved their mental health and 34% said they were managing their mental health better
  • 59% felt less isolated
  • 40% were taking part in more community activities as a result of the course
  • 13% had gained employability skills

Data from the Short Warwick & Edinburgh Wellbeing Scale showed a statistically significant positive increase in wellbeing.

Before you apply

Please apply through Reach in the first instance. You will then be asked to email our Chair of Trustees with a brief paragraph (500 words maximum) outlining the skills and knowledge you can bring to the CCA Board and your reasons for wishing to join the Board.

Longlisted candidates will have an informal call or online meeting with the CEO or Chair of the Board. Shortlisted Candidates will be invited to an interview (in person where possible) with the CEO and another Trustee.

Preferred candidates will meet the Trustees and observe part of a Board meeting. Trustees will formally vote on the preferred candidate joining the Board.

Causes
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Organisation type: 
    Charity

    Cambridge Community Arts is a social inclusion charity based in Cambridge. Our vision is of healthier communities empowered by their own creativity. CCA supports people on their individual...