Volunteering

Trustee for St Cuthberts Charity

Location: Chelsea Kensington

Date Posted: 26/08/2020

Closing Date: 30/09/2020

SCC is seeking a trustee with a broad background in the charity/voluntary sector, NHS (or similar), preferably in either a trustee or management position. Ideally they will have had significant experience dealing with vulnerable adults and/or previously been engaged in or supervised one or more of the following:social work, counselling/therapy, advice/referrals, addressing homelessness/rough sleeping issues & dealing with clients with mental health & substance abuse challenges.

The trustees meet formally 6 times a year (normally for 2/3 hours) but interact more regularly between trustee meetings. The role will suit someone who wishes to get involved with developing SCC’s strategic objectives & services, especially helping improve the qualitative measurement of outcomes & impacts as well as ensuring SCC achieves its mission & objectives.

The time & inclination to take on ad hoc work/projects outside of the official trustee meetings, such as policy reviews, research & support on funding applications, would also be advantageous.

The role naturally requires overseeing that SCC complies with all legal & regulatory requirements & that SCC’s governance observes both the letter & the spirit of the Charity Commissioners’ standards.

Some experience of HR would be helpful in regards to supporting SCC’s CEO, staff & volunteers.

What are we looking for?

Experience in working with and/or advising vulnerable adults either within the charity/voluntary sector, NHS, or similar would be ideal.

Also any previous engagement with social work, counselling, therapy, advice & referrals and/or dealing with homelessness/rough sleeping issues and/or supporting clients with mental health and substance abuse challenges would be ideal.

Some HR knowledge would be advantageous in supporting the CEO & his staff & volunteers.

What difference will you make?

SCC was spontaneously established nearly 30 years ago in response to those locally in distress & that remains its core mission. However in recent years with the significantly upgraded food offering(supported by Food for Soul & the Felix project) the number of clients has notably expanded along with the breadth & quality of services which SCC delivers.

More strategic consideration & work is now required in order to determine the optimal allocation of resources in order best to serve the centre’s clients evolving needs as well as to enhance the qualitative measurement of the centre’s outcomes & impacts.

The latter is particularly pressing in order to take SCC’s service offering & impact to the  next level.

This initiative requires more heavy lifting from the trustees & hence the need to broaden the existing trustee capabilities.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This trustee role offers the opportunity to make a real difference to a small,local but highly committed charity which punches well above its weight whilst providing an essential safety net.

The interaction with clients, staff & volunteers should prove highly rewarding/inspiring as there is no hierarchy & decisions can be taken quickly with the beneficial results of which being readily apparent in transforming lives for the better.

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