|Job Published:||March 28, 2018 14:56|
Reach Volunteering is working with Battersea based Share Community in recruiting a new Chair to join their board.
We’re a happy, creative and dynamic charity. We’ve been making a difference to disabled adults since 1972 through accredited learning, employment, and personal development programmes. We’re an especially popular choice for people with learning disabilities. We work with disabled people who need extra help and support in order to live independently and move into employment. We're based in Wandsworth, but anyone can come to use our services. Over 70% of our students have learning disabilities, and of those, 20% also have autism. Our programmes help people to feel more confident, to achieve their aims and goals, to develop new skills, and to make and sustain friends. We also have a specialist mental health project that helps people with severe and enduring mental health needs move back into work. We play an increasingly important role in helping people to maintain their wellbeing and to get fitter. We focus on people's abilities, and so we offer a learning environment that is warm, positive, and person-centred. Our garden project offers horticultural therapy as well as production activities and it is a great environment in which to feel calm and happy and to regain some peace of mind. Our two social enterprises are giving work experience and employment opportunities to people who need a more supportive work setting.
These is a key position, playing a major part in shaping Share's strategy and direction. The Chair will have significant experience of governance in the charity, public, or business sector, and will have strong facilitating, mentoring, networking, and ambassadorial skills. You will need to have a firm commitment to working within Share’s values framework along with a passion for championing the social and economic inclusion of disabled people.
The Chair will work closely with the Chief Executive in providing excellent strategic leadership to the charity. Candidates need to commit to meeting regularly with the CEO (usually once a month) and to being available to represent Share occasionally at events such as local business dinners, or Council ceremonies, most of which take place in the evening. The Chair will provide high quality leadership to the rest of the Board, enabling the trustees, collectively, to function effectively and make decisions that are in Share's best interests. Ideally, the Chair will take up opportunities for personal and professional development through trustee and governance networks. A trustee appraisal system is in place, and the Chair is also appraised annually by Board members.
People interested in finding out more about Share and these roles should speak to the CEO, Annie McDowall, in the first instance and arrange to visit Share. They will have a chance to meet staff and students, and will be offered the detailed job descriptions and application packs.
What difference will you make?
This role is essential in ensuring that Share remains healthy and sustainable, and able to navigate changing times and economic climates. You will play a major part in ensuring that Share achieves the impact and outcomes identified in its Theory of Change, and in developing future strategies. There will be opportunities for growth in the coming years, and we're facing a big change in 2020 when our garden will need to relocate (within the Springfield Hospital site).
The wider impact is on our beneficiary group. Here is a fantastic opportunity to shape and improve services for people with learning disabilities, who may also have autism, so that they are enabled to live more independently, become healthier, and work if they choose to.
What’s in it for the volunteer?
Share is a vibrant, happy organisation with an excellent local reputation, and a culture of positive and transparent staff/board working relationships. We invest in training and development for both staff and volunteers (including trustees). We celebrate success. There's a chance here to be involved in helping to grow and expand Share, reaching more disabled people.
Board meetings are bi-monthly in the evening and last approximately 2 hours. Chair needs to commit around 6 hours per month on average.
Candidates need to commit to meeting regularly with the CEO (usually once a month) and to being available to represent Share occasionally at events such as local business dinners, or Council ceremonies, most of which take place in the evening.
Before you apply
People interested in finding out more about Share and the role and should speak to the CEO, Annie McDowall via the Reach Volunteering website. To apply please provide a CV and covering letter. They can also arrange a visit to Share and will have a chance to meet staff and students, and will be offered the detailed job descriptions and application packs.
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