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Role

Trustee for an expanding local charity serving the local community in West London

St Cuthbert's Centre provides a non-judgemental early intervention safety net for those in distress; particularly rough sleepers/homeless & those with mental health & substance abuse challenges. A broad range of services are delivered. 

Our mission statement is 'Proving the Community Cares' which St Cuthbert's Centre(SCC) achieves by providing a welcoming, empathetic & non-judgemental safe haven & early prevention 'safety net', along with immediate survival support for those localy in distress, marginalised, vulnerable & isolated. SCC is open 5 days a week & works with over 1000 clients a year with on average 75+ a day encompassing a broad ethnic range. Over 60% are rough sleepers or stuck in insecure accommodation & over 50% have some degree of mental health challenge often along with substance misuse issues.

Role summary

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 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.

Person specification

  • 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.

Time commitment

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.

How to apply

Please apply via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please send your CV and supporting statement indicating why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience would contribute to the board.

Closing date for applications: 30th September 2020.