Exciting trustee opportunity helping looked after children and care leavers to thrive

Exciting trustee opportunity helping looked after children and care leavers to thrive

Trustee/Governor
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At a glance

Skills

  • Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising events
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Legal
  • Marketing strategy
  • Management consultancy
  • Strategic development and planning

Where

Barnet, London (North), N11 1NP
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 25 miles

Time

Either in or out of office hours The board meets up to six times a year, with additional operational meetings and sub-groups as necessary. Time commitment is up to one day per month.

Live Unlimited is a new charity which was set up to provide support and inspiration for Barnet looked after children and care leavers to help them fulfil their potential and follow their dreams.

What will you be doing?

Board of Trustees opportunity

We are looking for trustees who share in our values and vision to give every young person who has spent time in Barnet's care the same opportunities to thrive as children living with their birth families.

Trustees will be involved in setting our strategic direction as well as determining our mission and vision. They will need to be available to attend board meetings in person up to six times per year with additional operational meetings and sub-groups as necessary.

In addition to board meetings, other contact - usually by email/phone - will be necessary. Trustees may be asked to attend occasional evening meetings and events as a representative of the charity.

  • The time commitment for a trustee is expected to be up to a day a month.
  • Our trustees work with the Chair to take overall responsibility for Live Unlimited, acting collectively in our best interests.
  • The Board of Trustees currently comprises six members: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and three trustees with experience in education, social care and law enforcement.

To help us set our strategic focus with clear goals and objectives, we are particularly keen to recruit people with care experience and skills in the following areas:

  • fundraising
  • governance
  • operations
  • social care

In addition to any special areas of expertise you can contribute, the duties of a trustee are:

  •  to ensure the organisation complies with its governing document, charitable law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • to ensure the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document and applies resources exclusively in fulfilling its objectives
  • to safeguard the good name and values of the organisation and represent it at functions and meetings as appropriate
  • to be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees, while ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • to ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • to make sure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities
  • to declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee
  • to use any specific knowledge and experience to help the board reach sound decisions

What are we looking for?

Below are examples of the sorts of knowledge and experience we are looking for. If you don't feel you match all the below, don't worry. Successful boards are about finding a balance of skills, knowledge and experience from a mix of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds:

  • an understanding of the role of a trustee and corporate board member
  • experience of operating in a senior role
  • experience of fundraising
  • experience of the care system
  • broad knowledge of management and governance issues
  • an understanding of the work of the voluntary and community sector would be extremely helpful.

The sort of person we are looking for would be:

  • a strategic thinker
  • have a sharp mind who exercises good judgement
  • an effective communicator
  • proactive, willing to offer constructive challenge and support judgements
  • a team player who respects different views and is able to work with board colleagues
  • able to build strong relationships and champion Live Unlimited.

Their personal qualities would include:

  • being able to demonstrate drive and determination
  • bringing a commitment to devote sufficient time, preparation and effort to meet the responsibilities of being a trustee
  • demonstrating integrity, honesty and flexibility
  • demonstrating active listening skills and being open to the views of others
  • showing commitment to inclusion and diversity

What difference will you make?

Looked after children and care leavers are among the most vulnerable members of society with life chances significantly poorer than their peers raised by their birth families.

While less than one per cent of children in England have spent time in care, statistics show that a quarter of the adult prison population and almost half of young men aged below 21 in the criminal justice system have spent time in care. 20-30 per cent of homeless people have been in care while a quarter of young women leave the care system pregnant. With often harrowing experiences of abuse and neglect, it is not surprising therefore that children in care are four times more likely than their peers to have a mental health difficulty.

By getting involved as a trustee you have a real chance to make a difference to the lives of these young people, providing them with opportunities and inspiration to help them reach their full potential.

What's in it for the volunteer?

As a new charity, this is an exciting opportunity to help us grow into a creative and dynamic organisation which puts looked after young people at the heart of everything we do.

You will get the chance to shape Live Unlimited, working with a friendly and dedicated Board of Trustees, and make a real difference to the lives of Barnet's looked after young people.

A few more details

We hope you have found this interesting and are considering whether to apply for the role of trustee for Live Unlimited. As a new charity it is crucial for us to find the right trustees who share our enthusiasm, commitment and vision of helping ensure that every child who spends time in Barnet's care has an equal chance to lead a happy and fulfilling life as a child living with their birth family.

We'd love to hear from you if you think you can play your part in helping Barnet's looked after children to thrive.

Before you apply

If you are interested in applying for the role of trustee for Live Unlimited, please send us your CV with a covering letter (via Reach) of no more than 500 words answering: *What experience and skills do you feel you could offer? *Are there any areas of the organisation's work you have a particular interest in and/or would like to become involved in? *What motivated you to apply to become a trustee?
Causes
  • Children / families
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Social care
  • Young people
  • Live Unlimited was set up in December 2017 to provide extra support, inspiration and opportunities for Barnet's looked after children and care leavers. (A looked after child is a young person in...