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Carers Trust Wales Advisory Committee Member

Location: Wales

Date Posted: 08/11/2018

Closing Date: 14/12/2018

 

Carers Trust is a major new charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners, through our unique online services and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives. With locally based Network Partners we are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks. We offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individually tailored support and group activities.

Our vision is of a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the trusted quality support and services they need to live their own lives.

Job Description

Carers Trust Wales is part of Carers Trust UK.  We provide information, advice and support to Wales’ 370,000 unpaid carers and to professionals who work with carers. The growing number of unpaid carers is an increasing challenge to our society, with 3 in 5 of us likely to become a carer at some point in our lifetime. Unpaid carers save the Welsh economy over £8.1bn every year and act as a huge support to our stretched health and social care systems. However, many people don’t recognise themselves as carers and don’t ever ask about the support they are entitled to.

This is a fantastic opportunity to support an expert and ambitious charity in Wales to grow and develop. Committee members will receive an induction and ongoing support in their role.  For an informal conversation about this role please contact Director Simon Hatch.

What are we looking for?

We are currently looking for new members to join our Wales Committee. The advisory committee is responsible for working with the Carers Trust Wales Director and team to support the development, growth and impact of Carers Trust Wales as a charity supporting unpaid carers. The committee members will have the chance to work within a UK-wide structure of governance. They will contribute to our work in advocating for the rights and recognition of carers across Wales as well as influence the way we work with our network of local charities supporting carers.

We are hoping to recruit members who are currently unpaid carers or have experience of caring in the past – but the key requirement is a passion for our values and our work. We aim to recruit four committee members who can contribute to our work with their expert knowledge and skills, specifically in:

  • policy and research experience
  • commercial and income generation
  • senior and strategic experience across public or charity sectors

What is the commitment?

The Committee is advisory – it supports and assists our work in Wales and reports to the UK Board of Trustees. The Chair of the Wales Committee sits on the UK Board of Trustees. Members will join initially for three years and will then be eligible for a further three years before being required to step down. We expect that the commitment will be around 2 – 3 hours per month plus quarterly meetings (held in and around Wales).  Meetings will be both face-to-face and by Skype and travel expenses will be covered by Carers Trust.

What is the recruitment process?

Applicants will need to send their CV alongside a short application form form explaining why you want to support Carers Trust Wales and how you could help contribute to our work in future. Following this, the shortlisted applicants will meet with the Director and Chair for a discussion about the role before appointments are made.

Applicants interested in the post are asked to return their application form accompanied by a CV. Closing date for expressions of interest is 5 pm on Friday, 14 December.

Carers Trust is committed to valuing diversity.

Carers Trust has a number of measures in place to support the carers in its employment including carers leave.

Charity numbers: England and Wales 1145181, Scotland SC042870.

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