Volunteering

Trustee for ScotsCare

Location: London

Date Posted: 20/02/2021

Closing Date: 15/03/2021

Job description

ScotsCare has provided support to Scots and their families in London for over 400 years and continues to thrive to deliver our mission of life-changing support for children, families, young people, and the elderly. We are a modern organisation aiming to break the cycle of poverty and deprivation experienced by thousands of Scots in the capital through a mixture of support that evolves according to the needs of our beneficiaries. This includes financial grants, advocacy support, counselling, career coaching, sheltered housing, support for families, volunteering and social events.

The need for our support has never been greater, especially with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have continued to assist Scots and their families in need of emotional, financial, and practical assistance, with most of our beneficiaries having support needs over and above purely financial. Many are socially excluded, facing a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, discrimination, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing in areas of high crime, bad health and family breakdown.

The challenges our clients experience are linked and mutually reinforcing, creating a vicious cycle in people’s lives. We work to break this cycle and adopt a holistic and needs led assessment process, either to direct services or referral to the required specialist help. In 2019-20 we helped 1,176 beneficiaries, including 452 children, awarding 1,076 grants.

Our current 2019-2022 strategy is underway and we are focusing on the following strands of our business strategy. We want to ensure that high-quality support continues to be at the heart of everything we do, we want to raise our profile and reach new beneficiaries, continue to manage our finances and properties accordingly, embark on new partnerships, expand our volunteer programme, ensure good governance and continue to be the best we can be.

We are looking to increase the professional experience of our trustee group in the areas of social care and welfare, in particular children and families. We seek a new trustee with experience of coordinating and developing services in local authorities, charity, mental health and/or housing sectors.

We are keen to hear from a diverse range of applicants from different ages and backgrounds, all passionate about our mission. The term of office is three years, and the board meets quarterly, usually on the second Wednesday of January; April; July and October in the evenings. Our hope is for the new trustee to Chair the Welfare Sub-Committee later in the year and so we expect the time commitment to be up to one day a month.

If you would enjoy the chance to offer strategic leadership, working closely with fellow trustees and the senior management team, then please apply via the application method on this site.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th March 2021

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