We are looking for a Trustee to join our Executive Board who can provide insight and experience for our charity supporting unpaid carers of all ages in Solihull. We welcome applications from existing unpaid carers.
Solihull Carers Trust provides care services for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC). This involves caring out assessment for carers and support planning. The local health authority also provides money to work with GP’s to promote the needs of carers.
The trust has just won a further three year contract with SMBC which could be extended to up to seven years. The trust is also supported very well by local charities and groups and also grants from organizations such as Children in Need. Fund raising is an important part of our work.
Our staff provides support to carers from the age of five into old age and we are aware of the challenging situations that carers are facing and their increasing numbers.
What’s in it for the volunteer?
We have a high average attendance at board meetings and training days. The work is both challenging and satisfying. Our aim is always to improve the life for carers and as the Board we are ultimately responsible for the affairs of the Trust. It is mentally stimulating as we have to keep up to date with relevant legislation. The trustee will be expected to attend the eight meetings held during the day.
The trustee will take a keen interest in the organisation and its staff. There are five women and four men on the board. The Articles of Association state that at least 50% of the Board should be carers. There are four carer members at present and thus this vacancy will need to be filled by someone with current caring experience. A carer is anyone, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
A minimum of four Meetings from 10.30 – 12.30 and four meetings from 10.30- 14.00 a year.
Required skills from the following
We have been successful over the past two years in adding three new members to the Board who have contributed to the organisation particularly in the following areas: IT, Governance and Human Resources. We are always looking for new skills and trustees who bring new ideas to the organisation.
It would be very helpful to have someone who has or has had caring experiences so that they can influence the work that we do when the issues of caring and carers are very much to the fore. We are also mindful of the need to comply with our Articles so that we maintain at least 50% carers. We also need to ensure that we have someone in place to take over from the present Chair.
The present board is very committed to what they do as is our staff. We have a high average attendance at board meetings and training days. The work is both challenging and satisfying. Our aim is always to improve the quality of life for carers and as the Board we are ultimately responsible for the affairs of the Centre. It is mentally stimulating as we have to keep up to date with relevant legislation. It provides an opportunity to meet up with new people, to work as a team player and to learn more about the local community. Shaping, advising and nurturing new services and contributing to improvements in support to carers can be very satisfying.