Didcot TRAIN - Company Secretary (Governance) Trustee role

Didcot TRAIN - Company Secretary (Governance) Trustee role

Trustee/Governor
J78097
At a glance

Skills

  • Governance
  • Legal
  • Data protection / GDPR
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)

Where

Didcot, OX118AD
Mainly at home
Travel limit? up to 25 miles

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
The Board of Trustees meeting is 2 hour duration19.00-21.00 every 2nd Tuesday of month. Researching online for Charity Commission from time to time.

Deadline

30 Jun 2022

Our Mission is to improve the life opportunities of children and young people in Didcot and surrounding areas, especially those who are in need, disadvantaged or vulnerable. We are especially focused upon Mental Health and Well Being at present.

What will you be doing?

Our previous Company Secretary resigned in December 2021 and has moved overseas due to family commitments. We need to replace the excellent work that this Trustee did so that we have continued wise and good governance and to ensure that we operate in compliance with regulations and the law. This role will engage and interact with fellow Trustees and the Youth Work Manager. The Board of Trustees meet one evening a month either online or in person and have 2 strategy days per year. You will own the management of the constitution document, ensure that we are able to work within the Charity Commission guidelines and provide guidance and good counsel.  You will have access to a Legal volunteer to provide any support required and may even be able to bring a network of other professional people to assist and support TRAIN in different ways. Aside from the lead governance role you will be able to make a general contribution to TRAIN and the other trustees on other areas of the charity in order to feel fully engaged.  We are looking forward to celebrating our 20 years Anniversary of service to young people and the community of Didcot and its immediate surroundings throughout 2022 and are putting in place a plan to ensure that we celebrate our existence and achievements. In terms of track record, over the years we have been told by young people and parents or guardians that we have changed and even saved the lives of young people, affected total turnarounds, restored family harmony and made a genuine difference.

We continue to support our young people across the range of issues they face in their lives and to help them set achievable goals that will ultimately lead to more positive life choices. We have developed a level of digital competence throughout the Covid 19 pandemic which has enhanced our offering towards our young people and some of which has changed the way we operate and access new and different young people.
Two priority goals for us are:

  • Growing by broadening out our offering to encompass the breadth of the town’s Secondary & Primary schools so that we can ultimately have a presence in them all. We will tailor our delivery as necessary to meet needs of each of the different schools.
  • Providing Art Therapy programmes working especially with The Abingdon Bridge for those with more extreme needs and will integrate some of the principles and the psychology into our regular activities.

What are we looking for?

First time trustees are welcomed. Charity Commission website gives lots of helpful and effective information regarding the role of a trustee.

  • Some legal or contractual experience.
  • Attention to detail and administrative capabilities
  • Microsoft Office Digital capabilities
  • Teamworking skills
     

Nice to have:

  • Desire to volunteer on a committed basis for potentially 3 year term
  • Experience of writing policies and procedures or risk assessments

What difference will you make?

The impact our opportunity has is to be a part of an organisation whose goals are:

  • Growing by broadening out our offering to encompass the breadth of the town’s Secondary & Primary schools so that we can ultimately have a presence in them all. We will tailor our delivery as necessary to meet the needs of each of the different schools.
  • Maintaining current and developing new sustainable sources of income to enable us to grow to meet the increasing needs as Didcot develops and grows in size and complexity as a community.
  • Encouraging and inspiring our Young People to aspire to increased levels of achievement and positive life pathways.
  • Providing Art Therapy programmes working especially with TAB (The Abingdon Bridge) for those with more extreme needs and will integrate some of the principles and the psychology into our regular activities.
  • Do more inter-generational activities to have a bigger integration and impact on the community
  • Develop even stronger relationships with those organisations we currently signpost young people to or are geographically connected to
  • Reviewing our governance and management structures and documents to ensure they are fit for purpose now and into the future.
  • We will persevere with our intention to make greater use of the trustee lead roles being supported by a cluster of volunteers. This should also enable us to add energy, focus and intensity into key deliverables 
  • Refreshing the Volunteer Board of Trustees using our succession planning policy to stimulate newness and continuous improvement.

What's in it for the volunteer?

The satisfaction and joy of being a part of something which is selfless and is a great cause. It is an opportunity to give something back to the community. Our young people need the best of guidance and advice, encouragement, role models to look up to as in our youth workers and volunteers, protection, to feel safe, to learn to have a voice and be heard, be able to grow up and achieve their true potential and ultimately make a contribution to society

Before you apply

If you would like to simply have a discussion to learn more about the opportunity then please ask for an exploratory no commitment discussion. The job role description is attached below.

Causes
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse
  • Young people
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