Footsteps Counselling & Care Trustee

Footsteps Counselling & Care Trustee

Trustee/Governor
J80392
At a glance

Skills

  • Digital and IT strategy
  • Network / system management
  • Project management / Product owner
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Strategic development and planning

Where

Gloucester, GL1 2NW
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Preferably within reasonable travelling distance of Gloucester, remote candidates will be considered

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Estimated one meeting per month, mostly during the evening, with additional support hours as and when required/available.

Looking to join a forward-thinking board who lead and champion a Gloucestershire based charity?  Share our ethos that people affected by pregnancy related issues and loss deserve professional support? If so, we're keen to hear from you.

What will you be doing?

Trustees are responsible for controlling the management, administration and strategic direction of Footsteps Counselling and Care, a growing charity looking to develop a strong leadership team to take us to the next level.

We are looking for enthusiastic, innovative and reliable people, who can multitask and make a strong contribution to the Board through sharing and implementing their energy, knowledge, expertise and life experiences.  

We are particularly seeking Trustees with business experience and knowledge of Fundraising or IT to support growth, development, innovation and sustainability in these core areas.

Main responsibilities:

  • Ensure Footsteps is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit including actively contribute to setting the strategic direction
  • Comply with Footsteps governing document and the law
  • Act in Footsteps best interests
  • Manage Footsteps resources responsibly including the monitoring the financial position and clear lines of accountability for financial management
  • Act with reasonable care and skill
  • Ensure Footsteps is accountable
  • Take responsibility for own learning and development
  • Confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information is maintained
  • Act as an advocate for Footsteps

Estimated time commitment of one meeting per month, usually in the evening, and flexible in providing additional support hours as required.

Trustees must be aged 21+.

Eligible to work in the UK even though this is a volunteer role.

Location independent but within reasonable travelling distance of Gloucester.

What are we looking for?

  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Innovative
  3. Reliable
  4. Strong leadership and management
  5. Multi-task and make a strong contribution to the Board by being able to share and implement energy, knowledge, expertise and life experiences
  6. Commitment and availability
  7. Strong communication skills, with the ability to actively contribute in all discussions
  8. Ability and commitment to examine, develop and learn 
  9. Good numeracy skills and the ability to understand Footsteps financial accounts
  10. Accept and understand the responsibilities and liabilities as a trustee and employer
  11. Act in the best interests of Footsteps
  12. Make strong decisions
  13. 3+ years relevant experience

What difference will you make?

Sadly, there are thousands of people who experience trauma because of pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, neonatal death and  depression. The figures below give an idea of how many lives in the UK are affected, and highlights the ongoing need for support provided by Footsteps Counselling & Care:

• Among women who know they're pregnant, it's estimated about 1 in 8 pregnancies will end in miscarriage. (NHS, July 2020)

• 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage in their lifetime and about 1 in 100 women in the UK experience recurrent miscarriages (3 or more in a row) (Tommys) 

• A stillbirth (when a baby is born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy) happens in around 1 in every 200 births in England (NHS, July 2020). There were 17 in Gloucestershire in 2019, being 2.8 per 1,000 births. 

• In England and Wales in 2019 there were 207,384 abortions for women resident in England and Wales (Dept of Health & Social  Care, June 2020). 1,542 of those took place in Gloucestershire and of these 4% were for girls under 18 years of age.

• Around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving (NHS, July 2020) 

• In 2019, there were 12 Gloucestershire neighbourhoods in the most deprived 10% nationally. There were more births to mothers resident in the most deprived areas than the least deprived areas of the UK. 

Enhancing our Trustees team with the focussed expertise of Fundraising and IT, will ensure we can continue to provide counselling and support to those in need in our local community, across Gloucestershire and look to expand into neighbouring counties. 

Before you apply

- Expression of interest - Application Form - Interview - Opportunity to attend meetings - Induction

Causes
  • Counselling / advice
  • Mental health
  • Women
  • Organisation type: 
    Charity

    Footsteps Counselling and Care supports anyone in Gloucestershire struggling with pregnancy related issues including the loss of a baby, fertility problems, mental health issues before or after...