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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.

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Current Specialist Volunteer trustee opportunities

Edinburgh

  • Rowan Alba – provides a range of innovative services across Scotland, which reduce the chances of people becoming homeless. They are a dynamic and forward-thinking charity and currently are seeking to boost their Board with individuals who have HR experience and/or a Marketing/PR background. An interest in making a difference to the lives’ of homeless people in a different, sensible and  practical way would also be beneficial.
  • 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 are celebrating 50 years’ of delivering on their mission statement in December with a packed programme of events. Scheduling this exciting events programme led them to acknowledge the lack of social media skills on their board, so they invite interest from those with this skill set.
  • Edzell Nursery – is recruiting a Finance Board member.  Edzell Nursery is a small pre-school nursery which has been established for over 40 years in Goldenacre, Edinburgh. They are in an exciting period of transition to secure the nursery’s long-term future. As part of this they need a Finance Board member who can work with the Board to develop their five-year strategy and within this context, develop a financial model for the nursery and explore revenue generating opportunities.  An individual who with experience in a similar role would be ideal. The regular financial dealings of the nursery will be managed at an operational level by the Nursery Manager.  They have access to QuickBooks and support from an accountant.
  • Support in Mind Scotland – are now looking for Trustees to join its board to oversee and govern the charity; and help ensure the organisation maintains focus on its primary objective of supporting those affected by serious mental ill health. There are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in the following areas: Business Administration/Management; Finance; Fundraising; and Communications. You do not need to have experience in the third sector and the charity will consider applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds including young Trustees or those for whom this would be their first time serving as a board member. The successful candidate will need to attend 4 board meetings per year. This is an unpaid role, but expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Pilton Youth & Children’s Project – Celebrating nearly 25 years working in Pilton and with roots back in the local community to the early 1980’s, PYCP offers open access clubs and groups, focussed intensive support and group work to children and young people age 5 – 18 years in an area of multiple deprivation. Currently, they are looking for trustees with any of the following skill sets: accounting/financial, or HR, or fundraising, or marketing & advertising. They are looking for people who are dedicated and enthusiastic about supporting local children and young people.
  • Shakti Women’s Aid – Shakti Women’s Aid helps BME women, children, and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner, and/ or other members of the household. They also work closely with the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, NHS Scotland, and other statutory and voluntary services. They provide training and consultancy for agencies working with BME women, children, and young people and have outreach staff  in Dundee, Stirling and Fife. As a Women’s Aid charity the Board reflects the service users and as such is all female. An opportunity has arisen to join their Board and a female candidate with financial experience is sought.

Glasgow

  • Common Wheel – The vision of Common Wheel is that people with mental illness in Glasgow are able to live a meaningful and satisfying life and contribute to society. The board is currently focused on an interim plan as they continue to build forward from the impact of the pandemic. By the end of 2022, Common Wheel aims to be:  A more innovative, creative and inclusive mental health organisation and a more visible, connected and agile organisation. They are particularly keen to recruit someone with legal knowledge and experience, ideally a practising lawyer; and also someone with communications, media or PR experience. They would welcome expressions of interest from people of all backgrounds, but particularly younger candidates, women, people from ethnic minority communities, and disabled people, as they recognise their board would benefit from a greater diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Maryhill Mobile Children’s Service – has a 35-year history of delivering high quality childcare in partnership with the local community to support engagement, education, empowerment, and employment opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable families. MMCS are currently seeking a Chair & Treasurer; both with a knowledge of the voluntary sector and Social Services; as well as being supportive, dedicated and committed. You will work with discretion and confidentiality, and be experienced with digital engagement, through socials and websites.
  • Early Years Scotland (EYS) – is the national leading organisation that invests in our youngest children prebirth to 5. We deliver and support high quality Early Learning and Childcare for children and families across Scotland and are committed to providing the very best
    start in life for each and every child in Scotland. To help develop our strategic, business and fundraising plans, we are seeking to extend and diversify our Board. Therefore, we encourage applications from experienced and interested members of all communities to join our Board who share our vision, aims and objectives. Please get in touch for full recruitment pack.
  • Home-Start Glasgow South – is a family support charity offering support that helps to give young children the best possible start in life. They work with families to help them overcome issues affecting their lives with a range of family support services. They seek to recruit a new Treasurer who will oversee financial governance, financial practices and reporting. The Treasurer will work with the Senior Leadership Team and the Finance Officer to ensure the smooth running of the Finances for the charity. They are looking for a qualified accountant, preferably with knowledge of the charity sector and qualified by experience candidates are welcome.
  • Neighbourhood Networks – are currently looking for a Treasurer with a financial background to join their board. They need not be qualified and will support the Finance Manager by ensuring that the overall financial obligations are met. The Charity are also looking for a Trustee with a background in Fundraising to join their board. They will act as an ambassador of the charity and contribute to the financial and strategic planning for the organisation.
  • Fuse Youth Cafe – is a charity working in East Glasgow providing a variety of services to young people of the area; including, offering a safe place with a cafĂ© area, gig space, annexe and internet cafĂ©. The area has a high level of deprivation and the young people face the risks and challenges associated with areas of high deprivation. The Board is seeking a professional in the area of finance, business or accounting who would have the skills to help report on the financial position of the charity. As well as providing valuable advice in terms of risk, business planning and enterprise developments going forward.
  • Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid – Would you like the opportunity to be involved in a project which helps to make a difference to women, children and young people who have experienced Domestic Abuse, Honour Based Abuse or Forced Marriage? They would invite applications from women who have a feminist perspective with knowledge and understanding of Violence Against Women and have experience in one or more of the following fields: organisational governance, HR, Employment Law, finance management, health and social care.
  • The Sound Lab – is a registered Scottish charity helping young people and other groups to fulfil their potential through free music, media, digital and arts tuition. They are currently seeking a trustee with financial and accounting skills; and a Secretary with excellent written communication skills. Board or trustee experience desirable, but not essential.
  • Glasgow Film Theatre – Award winning Glasgow Film is Scotland’s original independent cinema. Glasgow Film is a national centre for film and moving image media where audiences and filmmakers experience and debate cultural practice and ideas through diverse, unique and quality programmes that transform the way people see the world, through film. They have a number of vacancies and are keen to hear from candidates with experience in the following areas HR/Legal/EDI/Digital and Data.
  • Home-Start Glasgow South – Home-Start Glasgow South supports parents to engage positively with their children when they are struggling to cope with many different challenges and issues. Due to expansion over the last couple of years they are looking for dynamic individuals to join their Board of Trustees. Currently they are looking to recruit Trustees with expertise and knowledge in; Charity or Contract Law, HR, Technology and Social Media, and finance.
  • First Tier – First Tier provides trauma informed support to survivors of sexual abuse, childhood abuse and complex trauma who are experiencing struggles with their mental health and/or have learning support needs. They aspire to break the cycle of trauma, abuse and offending behaviour. They are looking to grow their Board and would be like to hear from people who are experienced trustees or looking for their first trustee opportunity. No specific skills sets asked for just a passion to make a difference.
  • Moira Anderson Foundation – The Moira Anderson Foundation offers individual care and support to survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and their families and seeks to lessen the impact of trauma in their lives. They raise awareness of Childhood Sexual Abuse in society, build trust with survivors and offer a range of therapeutic services in a safe and caring  environment. Currently they have a Board vacancy for an individual with clinical experience to keep them informed of new and emerging practices. And also an individual with a background in finance.

Other locations

  • Deveron Projects – based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Deveron Projects are looking for a new Board Member/Trustee with the knowledge and skills suitable for the role of Treasurer. The treasurer will review quarterly management accounts for sense checks and errors/issues, and then present this report to the Board at quarterly Board Meetings. However, they also welcome wider engagement from people with an interest in; the arts, capital development and regeneration, social engagement – feeding into Deveron Projects’ conversations, more generally.
  • Break the Silence – based in Kilmarnock, BtS provide a range of tailored, holistic support options for survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, aged 13 years and above. They also engage in activities which raise awareness in order to promote early intervention. A recent board skills survey highlighted areas where  knowledge could be strengthened. Specifically, the Board are looking for new trustees with Legal, Marketing/PR/Comms and / or Finance experience.
  • Renfrewshire Carers Centre – is a charity established by carers, to offer support, information, advocacy and respite to unpaid carers within Renfrewshire. We provide opportunities for unpaid carers to have a life outside of their caring role. Our subsidiary organisation offers paid care services in clients’ homes. We are looking for dynamic trustees to join our board with skills and experience in Care / Social Care, Marketing & PR and Legal Services.
  • Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre – are now looking to recruit a Treasurer to join their Board. The charity is looking for a Treasurer to lead on financial oversight, budgets, banking, governance, reporting and audit oversights. Previous board experience is not essential however the Treasurer will have strong experience in understanding financial statements as well as knowledge of financial risks and processes. It is an exciting time to join the FVRCC board. The organisation has just secured core funding and have plans for future growth to fill the gaps for people who are not yet accessing their services. FVRCC are a greatly ambitious organisation with a very proactive board.
  • Women’s Aid organisation (anonymous at this stage of recruitment) – Operating in central west Scotland are seeking two to three trustees on either an interim (3-6 months) or permanent basis. Due to the nature of the organisation, they are seeking female applicants only, ideally with one or more of the following skillsets; HR/operational staff management; finance; and general business skills.
  • Inspired Communities Enterprise Trust (ICET) / The Usual Place –  Whose flagship facility within Dumfries is a community cafĂ© and event space, offers young people with additional support needs life changing opportunities through a variety of strengths based, individually tailored programmes which are co-designed and delivered and which promote citizenship, employability and economic inclusion. They are looking for a new Board Member to support the organisation as it develops new and exciting projects and expands its impact on society, both at a local level within Dumfries and Galloway and beyond.  They are currently seeking to expand the diversity of their Board and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and experiences. They are particularly interested in candidates who have previous experience, preferably in a Charity or Third Sector organisation in the following areas: Accountancy; Fundraising; Media/communications; & Business development/strategy development.
  • Three Sixty (Ayr) x 2 – Chair – Three Sixty are looking for a resilient and self-aware Chair with similar previous experience (either as a Chair or Chief Executive). The incoming Chair should be comfortable taking a hands on role as and when required with the ability to manage competing demands and prioritise decisions with timely action. The Chair will be an assertive and compassionate leader, able to hear and allow people to be heard alongside the ability to read people and situations. Committed to collaboration whilst able to deal with conflict and make decisions in the best interests of the Charity. Ideally the incoming Chair will come from a background in community, social care, social work or other appropriate voluntary sector background. The Chair must have held a leadership in at least one of these background areas.
    Directors – Three Sixty are looking for two Directors with previous board experience and a strong understanding of good governance, strong communication skills and a commitment to positive social change. The Director will have a background in either community, social work, social enterprise or a voluntary sector background. Three Sixty are interested in applicants with experience in fundraising, HR, finance and strategy and volunteer engagement. Previous experience within the voluntary sector is desirable, however not essential.
  • The Machan Trust – Larkhall based, The Machan Trust, are seeking Trustees to support the charity’s exciting development and continue to ensure equality of opportunity for people aged over 55 and carers, whatever their background. The Board of Trustees wish to recruit trustees with experience in the following areas: Education; Experience of working with children and young people; Advocacy and Policy; and Legal and Employment. Trustees are required to attend Quarterly board meetings, with no requirement for in-person attendance.
  • COVEY Befriending – Lanarkshire based, COVEY is now looking to recruit a Chair that will support through this exciting time. The incoming Chair will share the values and ethos of COVEY. COVEY is looking for a Chair that holds leadership qualities, excellent presentation and communication skills and an ability to achieve results through people. The Chair is expected to have experience, connections and networks within the third and public sectors. Previous experience of committee work, and chair experience would be advantageous.
  • Home-Start Stirling – supports families from across the local area with young children and are experiencing challenges. Home-Start Schemes are rooted in the communities they serve – managed locally but supported by the national organisation which offers direction, training, information and guidance to schemes to ensure consistent and quality support for parents and children wherever they are. They are seeking a Treasurer, skilled in finance and accounts – experience of working with local authorities and statutory health services would also be beneficial.
  • Tullochan – Tullochan delivers a wide range of youth work services to communities in West Dunbartonshire. The quality and effectiveness of Tullochan’s work has earned considerable recognition and support. Currently they have vacancies for new trustees with leadership, and or business development and strategic planning skill sets.
  • Covey Befriending –  Do you want to have a different Board experience, working with a charity that ensures that it is about you as a person before your role? Covey wants to add to their team those who have passion and enthusiasm; able to contribute to developing and growing the organisation and giving strategic direction and focus. They are looking to add experience and knowledge to their existing established Board or 6 members in the areas of Finance, or Education and/or  Social Work.
  • Self-Directed Support Forum – Based in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire this SDS Forum is a local organisation for anyone who is thinking about directing their own support or that of someone they care for. They also support individuals and families who are already directing an existing social care package. Having recently completed a trustee skills audit the board have identified a vacancy for a trustee with business and/or finance skills.
  • Forth Valley Welcome – is a small charity that supports refugees who have been resettled in Stirling and Clackmannanshire.  They are seeking to bring extra energy and a wider perspective to the trustee group.  Looking to recruit trustees, who work well with others, and have the experience and foresight to help steer FVW. FVW trustees work always in the best interests of the charity, helping to keep the public informed of their work, helping to keep clear financial records and helping with fundraising.

Other requests

None at present

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