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As part of our Specialist Volunteer Network, you can provide vital assistance to hundreds of charities helping Scotland’s vulnerable and disadvantaged people, and hone your own professional skills and experience.  Join our network of over 500 professionals who each want to make a difference by giving their time and expertise. Whether you want to become a board member or offer time in your area of expertise, get in touch.

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Current Specialist Volunteer trustee opportunities

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.

Source: Charity Commission 2018

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 with me at elaine@inspiringscotland.org.uk in the first instance.

Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Play & Wellbeing – are a person centred support service in Edinburgh, providing therapeutic support using art and music. They are seeking board members with qualifications and/or membership of professional bodies related to your area of expertise. Given the aims of the charity, they require trustees with experience of one or more of the following areas: Third Sector, Finance, Fundraising, Parenting, Marketing and Communication, and Legal.
  • Pilton Youth & Children’s Project – Celebrating nearly 25 years working in Pilton https://heartofnewhaven.co.uk/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. Curently 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.
  • Home-Start Leith &North East Edinburgh – HSLNEE is a small, North East Edinburgh charity, which has been supporting families with young children since 1986. The goal they work towards is that: Every family has the support they need, to give their children the best possible start in life, so they are able to take up and benefit from the opportunities available to them. They want their board to be as diverse as the families they work with and would  welcome applications from people with lived experience of family issues locally.  They’d encourage applicants from BAME backgrounds, people who identify as disabled, and people from the LGBTQ+ community. They would also particularly like to hear from anyone with  previous experience and skills in HR and/or finance.
  • 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.
  • Street Fit Scotland – Street Fit Scotland is a Health, Fitness and well being programme aimed at socially disadvantaged adults. Their programme welcomes anyone who is living in homeless hostels, temporary accommodation, bed and breakfast or vulnerably housed. They aim to reduce social isolation, improve mental health as well as address long-term physical health needs. Currently they are looking for a Chairperson and a Treasurer.
  • Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project – Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project (Y2K) is a well-respected community project which aims to broaden the horizons and realise the potential of the young people (11-18) of the area. They are seeking to enhance their Board of Directors through the recruitment of trustees with a commitment to young people and youth work who will help us to continue to develop the project’s services. General business skills required but a commitment to young people is paramount.

Glasgow

  • 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.
  • Rosemount Livelong Learning – Their website covers the support available during this pandemic from their employability support with live jobs, young parents project , oral health project, positive families project as well as learning from home and literacy. The charity is looking to recruit a Treasurer, as such a thorough understanding of charity finance  would be required.
  • Impact Arts – Impact Arts is a leading Scottish creative social enterprise and registered charity. They are governed by their Board that is currently made up of 10 Trustees. All Trustees including their Chair (Jim Sweeney OBE), are volunteers and from a range of backgrounds. As a result they bring a wealth of experience and skills to the role. In order to take the organisation forward, the Trustees wish to appoint one new Trustee to the Board. They encourage applications from all sections of the community.
  • 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

  • Kairos Women+ is a community-led, women’s space based in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. A second home for women and non-binary folk, who inspire transformational change in the lives of the women+ we work with by collaboratively creating opportunities through workshops, events, training and courses. As they move towards becoming an independent charity, they are seeking to recruit new trustees to complete our board and our skillset. Ideal candidates will have skills & experience in one or more of the following areas; Business Development, Human Resources, Legal, Finance – in particular, we are looking for a Treasurer to guide us through our first years as an independent organisation. Relevant knowledge in the following areas is desirable but not necessary: Fundraising, Political & Parliamentary.
  • The Yard – is an award-winning charity that runs adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families from 3 centres in Scotland. Offering disabled children and their siblings the chance to experience creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well-supported environment. The Yard is a dynamic, inspiring organisation which has consistently ‘punched above its weight’ and we are now seeking our next Chair for our board of Trustees. Please get in touch for further details and the role profile – the closing date is Monday 21st June at 9am.
  • CheckIn Works – Giraffe – supports people over the age of 16 from all over Perth and Kinross and beyond. The charity was set up to help groups in society that were overlooked, denied opportunities and not integrated into the local community. As the Chair, you will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, provide inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensure that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. To be successful, you will have experience across a wide and varied business and professional life. The Board of Trustees are specifically looking for a chair and trustees with experience in the following areas: IT/computing, Accountancy/finance, Hospitality/manufacturing, Autism/ mental ill health.
  • 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.
  • Borders Additional Needs Group– Borders Additional Needs Group  is an outreach service for parents, young carers and disabled children with rare, complex and additional needs. They are looking to complement the skills of their existing Board members, and are particularly keen to recruit Trustees who have experience in some of these areas: finance, marketing, fundraising, and additional support needs. But above all, they are looking for caring, dynamic and committed individuals to help drive the charity forward.
  • 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.
  • Larkhall + District Volunteer Group – Larkhall + District Volunteer Group is a trusted local organisation which works to promote the wellbeing of the community in Lanarkshire by reducing physical and social isolation whilst increasing health and wellbeing. They have a clear vision and an ambitious strategic plan covering the next three years and are looking for enthusiastic, community-minded and experienced individuals to fulfil this vision. In particular experience of fundraising, marketing, commercial operations, HR, finance and digital skills would be useful.
  • 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.
  • Neighbourhood Networks in Scotland Ltd – is a registered Scottish charity that facilitates networks of mutual support amongst vulnerable adults in various parts of Scotland, providing flexible support to people within their own communities. They currently operate across the Central Belt of Scotland and are now seeking to recruit a new Trustee to the Board.  They are particularly keen to recruit people with an interest in or experience in Funding for Third Sector organisations.

Other requests

None at present

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