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Charity trustees are some of the most important people in a charity.

The bottom line is, good governance led by a charity’s board is no longer an optional extra. It’s essential to charities’ effectiveness and probably their survival too. Charities need to be able to demonstrate that they take it seriously, allowing it to change the way they operate.

Charities need a wide range of skills from their trustees, to understand and address the many challenges charities can face. They need trustee boards that can challenge one another and the status quo, that bring different experiences, knowledge and ideas, but that are able to work consistently and enthusiastically as a team.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below please get in touch.

Specialist Volunteer Network

Current Specialist Volunteer trustee opportunities

Edinburgh

  • Carr Gomm – The vision of Carr Gomm is that we all live in a society where everyone should have the support they need to make choices and to control their lives as citizens. They are currently looking for energetic and passionate people to join the Board and help to achieve their aims.  Carr Gomm is a person-centred organisation that supports people to lead their lives safely and to do the things they want to do. They provide support across Scotland for people with varying support needs such as mental health issues, autism or dementia and help them in day-to-day living, in planning for the future and in realising dreams. It is an exciting time to join the Board as they are about to launch the second year of their Strategic Plan 2021-24, and are looking for people who reflect a diverse demographic with a variety of backgrounds and experience who share the values of respect, interdependence, choice, control, openness and honesty.
  • Pasda – is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation that guides and supports parent-carers of autistic adults in the Lothians. They organise informal coffee, walking, art groups and information meetings with speakers eg power of attorney, employment and housing options.  Pasda also offer private interviews and complementary therapy and counselling when funds are available.  The board meets for 2 hours, Tuesday afternoon, once a month except August and December. The trustee roles are voluntary. Pasda are seeking to increase the experience and skills of the board, particularly in relation to IT/ business / enterprise/ campaigning / fundraising.
  • CoHousing for Independent Living (CHIL) – is a new SCIO  established in 2021 to provide independent living opportunities for people with Down’s Syndrome in Scotland, through an innovative community-led housing model. Their ambition is for individuals with Down’s Syndrome to have real choice of accommodation and support, which enables them to live their best life and play an active part in their community. CHIL are now seeking experienced Board Members to help develop their strategy, secure funding and get their first project out of the ground. It’s an exciting time for the organisation, and for you to be part of shaping its future. If you share their ambition and vision for better lives for people with Down’s Syndrome in Scotland, and have an interest in ensuring good governance, they would love to hear from you. Get in touch for an info pack.
  • get2gether – At get2gether, they believe that everyone has the right to love and friendship. They also believe that people meeting each other should be easy, fun and accessible. That’s why they arrange social activities for people with disabilities in safe and friendly places in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Their members tell them what they’re interested in – and that’s what they do, encouraging self-determination. Recently the charity conducted a board skills survey which highlighted areas where knowledge could be strengthened. They are looking to add a trustee with general business skills, ideally combined with finance and/or fundraising experience.
  • VIAS – Values into Action Scotland believe in a Scotland where people with learning disabilities or autism have the same opportunities as everyone else and are supported to achieve these goals, whether to work, live where they want or to have a relationship. They recently celebrated 50 years’ of delivering on their mission statement. A number of trustees have served their maximum term thus VIAS is currently inviting applications from applicants with media skills to join the existing trustees. As training will be given this is a great opportunity for those looking for their first trustee role.

Glasgow

  • Scottish Sports Futures – based in Glasgow, use the power of sport and physical activity to engage with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and families in Scotland and empower them to be confident, healthy and happy. SSF would like to appoint 4 new trustees – they are looking for people who have relevant networks and contacts, third sector, corporate, public sector, and organisations with corporate social responsibility aligned to SSF values and experience of: education; fundraising; Third sector practitioner; Lived experience or understanding of the Issues/Needs of young people experiencing disadvantage. SSF welcome applications from all interested people. However, as Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, LGBTQIA+, Disabled and Neurodivergent people and Young people are currently under-represented on their board, they would particularly welcome applications from these groups.
  • East Park – based in Maryhill, is seeking suitable skilled and motivated people to join its Board of Directors in an exciting and challenging period. East Park provides excellent, child focused education and residential care to children and young people with complex additional support needs, including autism spectrum disorder, physical and sensory impairments, and challenging behaviours. With the young person at the centre and working with external partners, their work focuses on seeking innovative, personalised approaches which enable each individual to reach his or her maximum potential. East Park seeks individuals who possess strategic vision, good independent judgement, and have the ability to work as part of a diverse team. They are keen to hear from you if you have high level experience in: health and/or social care – policy and delivery; charity law or similar; fundraising/marketing or similar; charity and/or business governance.
  • Thriving Survivors –  supports men, women and children affected by trauma through the delivery of their unique end to end service. Whether you are an experienced trustee or wanting to take your first step at board level, Thriving Survivors want to hear from you. The charity welcomes applicants that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. If you have proven knowledge in one or more of the following areas, even better: Fundraising and Income Generation; Legal and Governance; Human Resources; GDPR; People and Organisational Development; Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging; National and Local Government; Restorative Justice; and Psychology. Overall though it is more important you are passionate about the aims and ambitions of the charity.
  • Generations Working Together – are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, committed, dependable and proactive trustee to fill a place on their board. They are looking for a trustee who has experience of working in the voluntary, public or private sector who wants to become actively involved in progressing intergenerational work across Scotland. In particular, they are seeking trustees with a strong background /expert skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: Sponsorship/fundraising from trust funds and other similar agencies; Education (early years/primary/secondary and further); Health and /or social care; Housing/architecture with an interest in intergenerational housing; Communications and marketing background; or Intergenerational work.

Other locations

  • Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex – based in East Ayrshire, is a dynamic and evolving organisation dedicated to changing people’s lives. As the only UK Charity Ski Slope, they are proudly different. Using the power of the great outdoors and a ‘sport for change’ model they develop confidence, motivation and employment skills through snow sports. Newmilns is experiencing exciting change and growth, with an expending social impact portfolio, increasing staff team and specialisms, introduction of transformative digital solutions and a growing passion for increasing opportunities within our community. They are looking for a new Chair, to lead Board members to shape and drive business strategy in pursuit of their charitable aims. They are also looking for Board members with the following expertise; Finance, Social Change, IT, Marketing and Legal. If you might fit the bill, please get in touch for role specific info. Oh and free slope access for all appointees of course.
  • Nurture Steps –  A relatively new charity based in Dundee, Nurture Steps provides early intervention support for families of children aged 2-5 years with Additional Support Needs, Neurodevelopmental conditions, Autism and ADHD in Dundee and Fife. Currently they are looking for a Non-Executive Clinical Guide to the Board to advise on all matters relating to maintaining a high level of clinical service at the charity. In this instance candidates should be professionally qualified and registered with HCPC.
  • Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service – based in Dumbarton, is an independent advocacy service promoting the rights, freedom and dignity of vulnerable people, supporting people to have their say and defending disadvantaged people from abuse and exploitation. Seeking new trustees, they are interested in people from all walks of life to bring fresh thinking, skills and knowledge to the organisation. At present a number of skills are under-represented on the Board and would particularly welcome applications from people with the following background or experience: The Health and Social Care Sector; Finance; Business Development; Promotion and PR; Strategic Planning; and Human Resources.
  • Grampian Women’s Aid – has spent 40 years supporting women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. GWA are keen to add to existing skills and knowledge in their current trustee skillset, so would particularly like to hear from women with the following professional backgrounds: human resources/employment law, organisational development and change management, finance/charity accounting, fundraising, IT and women from a legal background.  GWA are committed to diversifying their Board so women representing all sections of the community are welcome. They also strongly encourage women who have personal experience of domestic abuse to offer their personal insight into accessing and using the range of services offered by women’s aid and partners.

Other requests

None at present

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