Trustee on a local Learning Disability Charity

Trustee on a local Learning Disability Charity

Trustee/Governor
J64309
At a glance

Skills

  • Digital strategy
  • Digital Trustees
  • Social media marketing
  • Business development
  • Commissioning / contracting
  • Researching funders / writing proposals
  • Advertising
  • Marketing strategy

Where

Lewisham, SE135BD
Mainly at home
Travel limit? None

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Trustee meetings are held on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, once every two months.

Deadline

19 Mar 2020

A Trustee who can help us secure contracts and funding to continue to support all people with learning disabilities to live valued lives in their local community 

What will you be doing?

PLUS is a well-established charity and limited company providing residential, respite, leisure and employment services for adults with learning disabilities. We have an annual turnover in excess of £3.5million and employ around 150 staff.

As a Trustee you will be asked to attend Board meetings once every two months and will be directly involved in influencing the strategic direction of the organisation, helping make its vision a reality. You may also provide ad hoc support to senior staff in areas which meet your interests or skills.

Our Board currently consists of 8 members with varied experience, ranging for legal, to care, to policy and business management. One place is reserved for a family carer of a person with learning disabilities. Following an audit of Trustee and Senior management skills the board identified a need for trustees with specific skills in digital/online communications and/or trading/commercial skills or Tendering to advise and support senior managers as the charity enters a period of gradual growth and organisational change.

You will be working as part of a small, friendly board of Trustees, who meet once every two months, on a Monday evening, in Lewisham. At the board meeting you will discuss strategic papers prepared by the Chief Executive, offer suggestions and advice,  and contribute to board level decisions.

You will play a key role in the organisation, supporting other Trustees and the small senior management team to maintain the high quality of services and increase opportunities locally for people with learning disabilities. You will be supporting us to move forward through a period of gradual change which secures the future direction and stability of the organisation

Individual Trustees may use their specific skills to support senior managers with specific projects. We are dependent on public sector funding and it is important that we maintain our current contracts and secure new ones. But we are also committed to offering services to individuals who may not be eligible for publicly funded support, and are currently developing a number of projects which will also benefit these individuals.

We also ask each of our trustees to establish links with one of our services, making occasional visits in order to be familiar with the 'shop floor' and to be visible to service users and staff. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who supports our values and can add additional digital/online skills or tendering/trading/commercial skills to the board. We are interested in hearing from you if you can offer any of these skills. An understanding of charities and not for profit, and some experience with people with disabilities would be advantageous. You need to be able to work as part of a team with other board members, who have a variety of backgrounds and skills. As well as your particular skills, you will be expected to contribute to a broad range of discussions and decisions affecting the charity and our service users.

For this reason we would expect you to have:

  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to your duties as trustee.
  • Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation.
  • Good communication skills

What difference will you make?

You will play a key role in the organisation, supporting other Trustees and the small senior management team to maintain the high quality of services and increase opportunities locally for people with learning disabilities. By helping us to secure and increase our reach you will be increasing the opportunities not only for those receiving public funding, but also those who are unable to access this as availability decreases. You will be supporting us to move forward through a period of gradual change which secures the future direction and stability of the organisation

What's in it for the volunteer?

Trustees are unpaid, though expenses can be reimbursed. Our Board are friendly and welcoming, as are our senior staff, but do need your support! As a Trustee there is the opportunity to be more engaged in activities of the organisation, and to attend social events such as our annual awards ceremony and celebration.

Causes
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Social care
  • PLUS is a registered charity which offers residential, respite, leisure and employment services for adults with learning disabilities in south east London. We support people to live in, and engage...