Volunteering

Chair | Peer Power

Location: London

Date Posted: 01/12/2020

Closing Date: 25/01/2021

Job description

About the role

Peer Power is a social justice charity rooted in the promotion of empathy, and was founded on lived and learned knowledge and experience.

The young people we engage with, our young partners, have experienced injustice and inequality because of race, class, poverty, disabilities and other things, as well as childhood adversity, abuse and trauma.

The organisations, agencies and stakeholders that we partner with include youth justice services, health services, prisons, police, children’s services, schools and more. We know that those delivering, designing and commissioning services care about children and young people, though sometimes the systems they are working in make it hard to embed the empathic and participatory approaches that are so needed.

Together, we work with organisations, agencies and our young partners to heal trauma and adversity through caring relationships and transform youth service systems by supporting the young people we partner with to influence and inspire action.

All aspects of our charity have been developed together, by our core team, young partners and Board. From developing our mission and vision, to defining the roles young partners take, to our funding priorities, we make decisions together. Everything we do is through the lens of co-production with our young partners every step of the way.

We are peer-led and we are known for our excellence and extensive experience in bringing the voices and insight of our young partners who have experienced services into our design. We live our values and are committed to our mantra “No Decision About Me Without Me”.

Since our inception four years ago, we have grown in reach, reputation and influence. We are ambitious about our future growth. Our staff team and trustee board have grown and we have embedded a collaborative model of working across the organisation. With COVID-19 and its impact on young people and services, never have we been more relevant and never has there been a better opportunity to support young people in the creation and delivery of these services.

Who we’re looking for

After five years as Chair, Julie Fox will step down next year and we are looking for a new Chair who can bring strong governance experience, be a support and critical friend to our CEO – Anne-Marie – and our team, and someone who can support us to grow and achieve our mission.

It is a real opportunity for someone who is passionate about co-production, lived experience led organisations and young people to have a substantial role in supporting us to grow and achieve system change nationally.

You will join an ambitious, empathic, committed and values driven team and lead a Board of Trustees from all walks of life who are passionate and motivated about the work Peer Power does.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and live this in everything we do; we want to continue to ensure that our Board reflects the diversity of all the people we engage with.

The Board meets every 6 weeks virtually in the evenings for 2-3 hours. We have recently introduced sub committees. We expect the time commitment for Chair to be about 3-5 hours per week (timing is flexible).

For more information and to apply, please visit the job page on Peridot Partners’ website via the application method on this site.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 25th January 2021

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