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.
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.
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:
In addition to any special areas of expertise you can contribute, the duties of a trustee are:
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:
The sort of person we are looking for would be:
Their personal qualities would include:
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.
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.
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.