Trustees to represent unpaid adult carers

Trustees to represent unpaid adult carers

Trustee/Governor
J75107
At a glance

Skills

  • Volunteer management
  • Safeguarding
  • Advice / Advocacy
  • Mentoring / Coaching
  • Social care / Counselling

Where

Worcester, WR3 8TJ
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? 25 miles

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
Trustees commit to at least 13 days per year for meetings and our AGM. If necessary, some meetings can be arranged for outside office hours.

Calling all potential trustees with a particular interest in and empathy towards the unpaid adult carers that our charity supports, whether or not you have any trustee experience.

What will you be doing?

At WAC, our Board has 9 Trustees with a broad range of skills, experiences and backgrounds and some have caring experience. We are now looking for two Trustees with a particular interest in and empathy towards unpaid carers. At least one will have personal knowledge of being a carer or of working with carers, and it would be desirable for one to have a good grasp of the social care system.

These Trustees will provide the carer voice that ensures the Board understands the ongoing situation for carers and remains carer focused in its discussions and decisions. They will need to have the confidence to represent carers’ views and interests, will scrutinise all carer activity and advise where the opportunities and risks are. They will be good communicators, with a commitment to what WAC delivers and be willing to be engaged in the overarching direction and strategy.

It is not necessary to have previous trustee or board committee experience as training and induction will be provided. This position would therefore suit an individual taking their first steps.

We welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds. We are actively looking to diversify our board to help us represent all the communities of Worcestershire. If you think you can help us to achieve this we would very much like to hear from you. Everyone’s input will be valued and support will be available to a new trustee.

Trustees have to commit to at least 13 days per year, including 4 Board meetings, 4 sub-committee meetings, 4 trustee meetings and our AGM. However, all trustees add value by meeting staff, volunteers, etc., and attending other meetings.

There is no financial remuneration, though expenses for travel and out-of-pocket expenses may be claimed. There will be an induction and training programme.

In normal times, meetings are held at the office in Worcester. Currently all meetings are held on Zoom.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for two Trustees with a particular interest in and empathy towards unpaid carers. At least one will have personal knowledge of being a carer or of several years of working with carers, and it would be desirable for one to have several years of experience of and a good grasp of the social care system.

What difference will you make?

These Trustees will provide the carer voice that ensures the Board understands the ongoing situation for carers and remains carer focused in its discussions and decisions. They will need to have the confidence to represent carers’ views and interests, will scrutinise all carer activity and advise where the opportunities and risks are. They will be good communicators, with a commitment to what WAC delivers and be willing to be engaged in the overarching direction and strategy.

What's in it for the volunteer?

To be a trustee is an exciting and fulfilling role, where you bring your knowledge and experience to benefit our charity and give something back to the community. It also develops your skills and augments your CV.

A few more details

More information about WAC can be found on our website.

Formal interviews will take place for all suitable candidates.

Causes
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Social care
  • We provide an independent expert source of information, advice and support for unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire. We provide representation for carers at a local and national level and support...