JIGSAW Thornbury Trustee

JIGSAW Thornbury Trustee

At a glance


  • Copywriting / Journalism
  • Marketing strategy
  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Business development / Sales
  • Commissioning / Contracting
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Social care / Counselling


Thornbury, BS35 2AB
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 25 miles, although trustees will be able to join on Zoom for some meetings


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Trustee meetings are quarterly and there are usually one or two meetings in between for specific topics relating to the trustees area of expertise.


16 Aug 2021

We support families with children and young people with additional needs or disabilities. We are looking for trustees who are innovative and compassionate, value community, celebrate uniqueness and enjoy empowering others.

What will you be doing?

A JIGSAW Thornbury trustee acts as a critical friend, offering a balance of support and challenge to enable us to deliver our charitable purpose with as much impact as possible.

The role sits as part of a board of trustees who have accountability for achieving the charitable purpose and ensuring all funds are spent appropriately.

Each trustee brings unique skills and experience to the board, and together we ensure good governance and strategic focus. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in finance, law, HR and recruitment, and marketing and communications, although please do still get in touch if your experience is in other areas.

Role duties

  • Ensure compliance with the charity’s governing document, Charity Commission guidance, and the law.
  • Ensure accountability and maintain proper financial oversight.
  • Attend quarterly trustee meetings and contribute to decision-making at meetings and outside of meetings when needed.
  • Contribute to reviews and updates to our strategy and provide strategic focus.
  • Contribute to reviewing and updating JIGSAW policies & procedures.
  • Liaise with appropriate members of the team & share relevant skills and knowledge that may be beneficial to the organisation, including contributing to specific projects and staff training if relevant.
  • Provide guidance and support to the staff and have oversight of the charity.
  • Champion JIGSAW and exemplify our values in everything done on behalf of the charity.
  • Occasionally attend and support JIGSAW events and activities.

We are also looking to recruit a network of subject matter experts who can work with the board on specific areas. This is a brilliant opportunity to use your skills and experience to have a big impact, without needing to commit to a trustee role.

What are we looking for?

Skills and experience

  • Strong leadership skills.
  • The ability to consider risks, costs and benefits to make strategic decisions.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and contribute during trustee meetings.
  • A good understanding of the charitable purpose and passion for delivering this.
  • Ability to work in a way that exemplifies the charity’s values.
  • No prior experience of being a trustee or sitting on boards is required, an induction will be provided.

Our values

Community - We are a family, working together, and connecting and collaborating with others to create change. We are a respected community base, providing a welcoming space to have fun and create shared experiences.

Empowerment - We are nurturing and supportive, prioritising wellbeing and empowering people to thrive as themselves. We build skills and confidence in individuals and the community so that they can grow and develop beyond the services we provide.

Compassion - We act with kindness and integrity, caring for and supporting each other in an empathetic way. We create relationships based on trust so that everyone can feel valued and respected.

Uniqueness - We respect and celebrate difference, creating an environment where everyone fits in. We listen to and respond to individual needs, providing the tools needed to find strength in uniqueness.

Innovation - We respond to challenges and opportunities in a creative way, harnessing the passion we have for our cause. We are not afraid to try new things and be leaders for change to ensure we remain relevant to people’s lives.

What difference will you make?

Our vision is to empower our families to connect, fit in and thrive as themselves. As a trustee, you would play a leading role in achieving this vision and increasing inclusion for children and young people with additional needs or disabilities and their families. The unique skills and perspectives trustees bring enable the charity to grow this impact sustainably to reach even more families who need our support.

We have just moved into a new venue in the heart of Thornbury and are in the midst of strategic planning, making it an exciting time to join as a trustee with lots of opportunities for growing our impact. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

Being a JIGSAW trustee is very rewarding. You will be joining a fun, dynamic and committed team of trustees, staff and volunteers, who work together to achieve our charitable purpose. There will be opportunities to use your unique skills to benefit the charity and to get involved in areas that you want to grow your experience in. 

Before you apply

We are holding a recruitment event on 19th July, 1-3pm and 5-8pm. If you are interested in coming along to find out more about becoming a trustee, please let us know.
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  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
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