We are a 45 year old charity providing day care in LS7. Our voluntary management committee seeks trustees who are ambitious for our communities to take the charity forward with their experience, confidence and commitment.
Chapeltown Community Nursery relies on the generosity of individuals who care about our community and who want to ‘give something back’ to help the nursery achieve its objective:
To promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of children resident in, or at least one of whose parents or guardians is resident in or working in, the area of benefit (which is in the general area of Leeds 7 and its immediate vicinity but primarily that part of the area known as Chapeltown).
We are looking for trustees with experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Experience of early years sector/education sector
- Experience of charity sector
- Developing strong networks or business connections within Leeds or relevant sectors
- Experience of project management
- Experience of financial record keeping and planning
- Experience of HR, recruitment and structuring
- Grant applications and bid writing
- Managing change
- Legal knowledge or experience
- Experience of webdesign, marketing and/or design
− Strategic experience of working at board level
Being a trustee involves giving oversight to the work of the charity, asking questions and making decisions. You can find out more about being a trustee here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-yo.... You do not need to be an expert and you will receive support of other trustees.
You will need to complete a criminal records check (DBS) and meet requirements of being a trustee - reasons you may be disqualified can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa....
You will need to commit time to the trustee role - we ask all trustees to attend monthly 90 minute committee meeting, currently held on weekday evenings in LS7. Trustees usually also spend around 2 days a month for related activities but this time can fit around work and other commitments. In meetings we look at performance, finance and issues arising. Between meetings we may research sources of advice and support and contact relevant people or organisations, undertake training, design marketing and assist our 'Friends of ' Volunteers group with events/activities. If trustees are unable to attend meetings but will be able to commit regular time we would consider this.
We are looking for confident professional people who are able to ask questions and seek solutions to problems as they arise. We need people with good communication skills who can talk to different groups of people and explain their decisions.
We are looking to re-position the charity as there are a number of other nurseries in the area and we need to highlight our differences and develop a coherent strategic vision and marketing plan.
We are also looking to secure our income going forward, which may involve restructuring or other changes to better meet the expectations of the regulator.
For some time we have not recruited enough trustees which has meant that the management committee has only been able to do the minimum amount of oversight needed and has got caught up with day to day issues arising rather than focusing on the future. This is a great time to join the nursery as you will be able to help us set our strategic direction and make your mark on this long standing charity. Because of our long history, with staff still with us since the start of the organisation, we have a number of processes needing updating and you will be supported to use your skills and experience to help us make necessary changes.
The nursery has a wonderful staff team who have great relationships with our children, families and wider community. Our volunteers have been working tirelessly over the last 6 months to update our bespoke facility and our management committee are friendly and welcoming. Unlike many workplaces there is no ethical catch to our work - we are fully committed to equality and diversity and work hard for our beneficiaries. The work of the management committee gives a wide range of opportunities to develop and further your skills in order to progress in your career, to continue to update and use skills that you are currently making full use of and to give your time to a worthwhile cause.
We are seeking to recruit trustees that are representative of the community that we serve - applications from younger people and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are particularly welcome.