Trustees for Carers Organisation

Trustees for Carers Organisation

Trustee/Governor
J91956
At a glance

Skills

  • Financial management
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning

Where

Milngavie, G62 8PH
Mainly at the office, or remote opportunity.
Travel limit? Preferably within 10 miles but open to discussing if you have the wider skills/experience required.

Time

Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Board Meetings are currently held every 2-3 months on a Thursday morning with dates for the year planned in advance.

Carers Link is a busy local organisation that supports families in East Dunbartonshire. We seek Board Members to help lead the team of 18 staff & 50 volunteers who support those that look after family or friends. 

What will you be doing?

Carers Link is supported by a dedicated team of Volunteers. Whether personally providing support to carers or helping in the office, we couldn't do what we do without them. However, many people may not realise that the support provided by Volunteer Trustees on our Board of Management is just as important as those directly involved in providing support. Indeed without Volunteer directors, there would be no charities!

Board Meetings are currently held five times a year so roughly every 2-3 months.  There are also occasional subgroup meetings in-between (by Zoom) and additional discussion/updates are done throughout the year by e-mail.  Board meetings are in person at our offices in Milngavie (Thursday mornings between 10.00 am-12.30 pm and dates for the year are set in advance).  Our offices are just 5 minutes’ walk from the railway station with direct rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

What are we looking for?

We are keen to hear from anyone who has personal caring experience, either now or in the past. However, although you do not need any formal experience to become a Board Member, you should be comfortable with reading reports!

Of course, given the pandemic, you should be comfortable using e-mail and Zoom - or at least willing to get comfortable.  Technical support will be provided.

We are also keen to hear from people with specific backgrounds - whether or not they have caring experiences - such as:

  • Business Skills
  • Management or HR backgrounds
  • Knowledge of the voluntary, health or social work sectors
  • Legal or Financial Skills
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Digital Strategy

What difference will you make?

Good Board Members have a vital role to play in directing the success of any charity. The main responsibility is governance: to ensure Carers Link is run efficiently and properly, that our funds are spent properly, to monitor the progress of the work of the organisation and to make sure that as the organisation grows, it continues to meet the needs of Carers in East Dunbartonshire.

Before you apply

Application via form (provided later) and subject to 2 references. Trustees can be co-opted throughout the year but formally elected at our November AGM.

Causes
  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • Substance misuse
  • Training / employment support
  • Women
  • Young people
  • Organisation type: 
    Charity

    Carers provide regular (and unpaid) support to a child, partner, relative or friend who cannot manage without their help perhaps because of their illness, disability, addiction or frailty of old...