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Trustee

Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
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Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Ref- Trustee
Contact Name: Patrick Torsney
Contact Email: trustees@brixtonadvice.org.uk
Job Published: May 26, 2021 10:48

Job Description

Who are Brixton Advice Centre?

 

Brixton Advice Centre has offered walk in advice and legal services since 1969 in the heart of Brixton. It is a charity founded and funded in its community. Over the last 50 years and counting, its staff, volunteers and Trustees have made it possible for thousands of local people to access life changing free advice. What seems like a small form, a simple question or a big issue can with the expertise of Brixton Advice Centre can transform the life, future and mental health of our clients and their loved ones.

What Does Brixton Advice Centre Do?

We provide free legal advice on housing, debt, welfare benefits, consumer and employment rights, family law, domestic violence, immigration, health and care issues and discrimination info including specialist information for older and younger people.

Until the pandemic we operated a face-to-face service but our ground-breaking response to lockdown in conjunction with the London Community Response Fund allowed us to set up a legal finder, telephone support and an online legal clinic to make sure no one in Brixton was left behind. Our Online Legal Clinic won Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic at the National LawWorks Awards in 2020 and was also nominated in the Best New Pro Bono Activity category too.

2020 was a year of huge change that raised the importance of equality and much reflection on the vital need for representation, diversity and accessibility of resources and opportunity in our communities. We particularly wish to honour that at Trustee level as we recognise in changing times there are gaps in terms of skills, age and diversity we want to fill to make sure Brixton Advice Centre’s decision making is the most equitable for its users and its community.

We are seeking Trustees who live and/or work in the Borough of Lambeth. We serve a diverse ever-changing community and particularly welcome applications from people of colour or any BAME background, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities or mental health conditions, those from a range of ages, socio-economic brackets, career stages or educational backgrounds.

Being a Trustee is an unpaid role although reasonable expenses will be covered. It requires a commitment in time, energy and passion for the Centre and its values and offers great personal reward.

Currently all meetings are held virtually and this will continue until our new normal allows face to face meetings again. 

Trustees will be expected to attend each monthly meeting. This is held on the last Wednesday of each month between 6.30-8pm.

Trustees are also expected to participate in at least one sub-committee or take on roles to provide strategic insight and guidance for Brixton Advice Centre and the CEO.

We are interested from hearing from anyone with expertise or experience of the local community to build on our work, but particularly looking for Trustees with some or all the following skills or experience in finance:

· Budgeting & cashflow forecasting

· Advising on strengthening and streamlining internal controls system

· Working in the UK charity sector, either directly or with clients in the sector

· Setting financial strategy

· Developing financial proposals

· Monitoring outsourced bookkeeping services

The finance Trustee will work closely with the Chief Executive and the Treasurer as part of the finance sub-committee. This will also include some interaction with our bookkeeper.

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