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Trustee (voluntary role)

Title: Trustee

Reporting to: Chair, Board of Trustees

Contract: 4yrs with up to 2 terms

Hours: 5 – 8 days per year

Location: Home working/ London

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 22nd July

We welcome applications from people with transferrable skills and qualities, and people with diverse employment histories and personal backgrounds.

Download voluntary role description and person specification


About the role

We are seeking new trustees to join us at this important time for the charity. With the appointment of our new CEO, we are embarking on a new chapter including undertaking a full strategic review. We are seeking people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm, fresh ideas and commitment to the board, to help us create and deliver the new strategy while increasing the diversity of thinking on our board. 

The role of trustee represents a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to be part of an organisation with a mission to support people with learning disabilities, people with mental health issues or older people to say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. 

As well as embracing our aims and values we welcome people with a range of lived and professional experience, we would be especially keen to hear from you if you have experience of strategic review and leadership, health or social care commissioning, HR, legal, fundraising and communications. You will be an excellent communicator with good judgement and demonstrate a commitment to equality and diversity and safeguarding in practice   Ideally, our new trustees will come with an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship. However previous experience of being a trustee is not essential.

Time commitment 

The likely time commitment is 5-8 days per year, normally in person at our office in West London which typically includes: 

  • Four board meetings of about two hours each, plus reading papers in advance 
  • One board away day 
  • Committee meetings plus preparation 
  • Email discussions with trustees and staff between meetings 
  • Commenting on draft strategy documents 
  • One or two informal dinners 

 

About The Advocacy Project

We help people speak up and make decisions about their health, wellbeing and social care. We’re here to make sure people across all ages and care groups can understand their rights, make effective choices about their lives and voice their concerns. Some of the ways we do this include:

  • advocacy services that make sure people can express their wishes when decisions are being made about their care or wellbeing
  • user involvement projects that help organisations improve what they offer by listening to people who use their services
  • local Healthwatch organisations, which act as health and social care champions for the areas they serve and give people a direct channel to share their feedback
  • innovative Personal Health Budget projects that allow people to access items and services to improve their wellbeing.

Our services are independent, confidential, and free to those receiving them. Together, our teams are standing up for essential rights and supporting people to have a say on the issues that matter to them.

 

How to apply

Upload your CV and a supporting statement explaining why you think you’re the person we’re looking for and how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this role. (NB we will only be accepting applications from candidates who upload both a supporting statement and CV).

It’s a legal requirement that you are eligible to work in the UK for all our posts.

If you have any questions, please email:

The Advocacy Project is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and we warmly welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates. We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age. All applications will be considered solely on merit.
The Advocacy project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults’ , successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

 

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