The Conservation Volunteers
The Conservation Volunteers

Charity registered in Scotland SC26100939302

TCV is a leading UK community volunteering charity that works with people, communities and partners to deliver practical actions that have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.  Join us and you too can be part of achieving our vision of healthier, happier communities for everyone.

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Top job! Voluntary trustee role x 3

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Meetings held across UK
  • Closing 12th July 2019

A bit about us

For 60 years, TCV has worked across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

We do this by bringing people together to create, improve and care for green spaces. From local parks and community gardens to local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school grounds and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands and woodlands; we connect people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community.

We draw upon the expertise of our 220 employees, volunteers and those we hold partnerships with across the UK, working with thousands of volunteers, beneficiaries and community groups to design and deliver solutions to meet their community’s needs. Please click here to view more about our partnerships and current funders.

TCV launched its refreshed strategy in 2018 and we have recently launched our internal business plan for 2019- 2022. Our planned income for this year is in the region of £8.3m, with ambitions to grow this over the life of the plan.

We are looking for three Trustees to broaden the diversity and skill-mix of our experienced and established Board – please read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Why become a Trustee?

There are probably as many reasons as there are trees in the UK, but here’s a few:

· You will contribute towards creating healthier and happier communities for everyone.

· You will gain or develop your experience of playing a non-executive but influential role in a UK wide Charity.

· You will enjoy debating issues and problem solving with a diverse group of committed enthusiasts: your fellow Board members and employees.

The role

TCV is an ambitious organisation seeking exceptional candidates to join a Board that works to connect people to green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community.

Candidates will ideally have experience of working with government and public bodies on both local and national affairs and will be able to help advance and develop TCV’s interests at all levels of public and private life. In general, you will have an interest in the community, environmental and cultural diversity sectors, and the highest standards of ethical conduct and corporate governance. Previous board experience is essential, whether on commercial or not-for-profit boards.

Experience and/or qualifications are required in the following areas to compliment the diverse skillset of our current board:

• Land management/construction/housebuilding

• Legal experience and/or qualified

• Fundraising & Marketing

• Digital / Communication technologies

As a UK wide charity we would like to know what region or country you have experience of working within. We would be particularly interested in candidates from Northern Ireland to join our team and compliment the experience of our board.

In undertaking the role, you will be working with a loyal and committed team and will set the Charity on a pathway that enables it to continue to create healthy and happy communities.

We are keen for our Board to reflect the diversity of the communities that we work in, therefore we encourage applications from all backgrounds.

This vacancy has now closed

Senior Project Officer – Green Health Partnership

  • Full time
  • £19,500 – £21,500
  • Based in Irvine with travel across North Ayrshire
  • Closing 22nd July 2019

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Our Natural Health Service is a national programme led by Scottish Natural Heritage with representation from a range of partners from education, sport, transport, NHS and environment sectors. The programme aims to make better use of Scotland’s natural environment as resource to improve health and wellbeing by mainstreaming green exercise into health and social care policy and practice and building capacity and participation within communities.

Green Health Partnerships (GHPs) are part of a wider ‘Our Natural Health Service’ programme. There are four GHPs in Scotland and TCV have been appointed to deliver the programme in North Ayrshire on behalf of the North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership. The main purpose of this post is to lead the development and delivery of the GHP in North Ayrshire.

The Senior Project Officer will lead the work in North Ayrshire providing support and training for local community Green Health projects through training and coordinating networking events. While supporting the development of Green Health activities such as gardening, conservation, walking and cycling the successful candidate will develop referral pathways alongside our partner KA Leisure to help build and strengthen the connections between health professionals and green activities in the community. This will involve liaising with NHS staff, identifying barriers to participation and working with KA Leisure staff to put in place support mechanisms to encourage people to take part in green health activities.

The Senior project Officer will work closely with TCV staff working on other Green Health projects and TCV’s wider work on the Our Natural Health Service programme.

Key elements of the delivery of the Green Health Partnership include:

  • Organising quarterly networking events for groups delivering green health activities and coordinating/delivering training
  • Working with KA Leisure to develop referral pathways
  • Identifying barriers to participation and implementing measures to reduce them
  • Attending events (for the public and health professionals) to promote the benefits of outdoor activity and engaging with nature
  • Complete ongoing progress reports for funders and work towards the national evaluation framework

Please note – the core hours of this role will be Monday to Friday and 9-5. However, the nature of the role involves providing activities and events for a range of communities. It is therefore expected that the post holder would support and deliver events during evenings and weekends. This will be planned on a flexible basis and time off in-lieu will be provided. We anticipate it will amount to approximately 1 weekend and a handful of evening sessions each month.