Dignity Boxes
Dignity Boxes

Charity registered in Scotland SC048930

We are a charity that provides freely donated toiletries to people in need. Dignity Boxes are small boxes that are filled with a selection of basic toiletries, before being openly placed in areas, that are experiencing deprivation or a high level of poverty. The aim of the boxes is ultimately to promote self-worth and dignity by allowing those in need to take what they cannot afford, or get access to, from a Dignity Box without having to ask or thank anyone. Consequently, we hope to promote in a small way, self-worth and dignity. The purpose, as well as practical, is to make people feel a little better about themselves even for a short time.

Current vacancies

Trustees required to join the Board of Directors

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Closing 31st December 2021

Details / Background information

We are looking for a Chair, a Treasurer and general Board member(s)

  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Closing date for applications – December 31st 2021
  • Provisional interview date – January 14th 2022 (at our premises in Livingston or online)
  • Date of next Board meeting for successful applicants – January 23rd 2022
  • The role is unpaid (expenses can be covered)

Dignity Boxes are looking for new members to join the Board of Trustees. We are keen to hear from people who would be interested in the roles of Chair and Treasurer, as well as those who would be interested in becoming a general Board member. Fund raising experience is preferred in at least one of these roles, and we would welcome someone with lived experience of poverty.

Our current Chair and Treasurer set up the organisation and have overseen it for the past 3 years. We are looking to recruit strong strategic leaders who can take our organisation forward into a new phase of development. If you are interested in the Chair or Treasurer role, we would prefer 2 years of experience on at least one other Board, and a good understanding of small charitable organisations.

About us

Our charitable purposes as set out in the SCIO constitution are the:

  • Prevention or relief of poverty
  • Relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

The Charity’s contribution to the prevention or relief of poverty is achieved by collating toiletries provided by our donating partners (most of whom regularly fill a ‘Donation Box’) and redistributing them in Dignity Boxes via our hosting partners (i.e. those who host a Dignity Box on our behalf) on a monthly basis. Individuals then take what they need from the Dignity Box (one or a few products, not the whole box – a whole box serves many people). Our hosting partners are all like-minded organisations who share our values. Some are charities themselves who support the prevention or relief of poverty and those in need in their own individual way.

The aim of a Dignity Box is ultimately to promote self-worth (dignity) in the individual beneficiary - by allowing those in need to take what they cannot afford or gain access to, without having to ask or thank anyone. In pursuit of promoting dignity, anonymity is key in this respect and so all Dignity Boxes are placed by our hosting partners in such a way that the person in need can take the products they require discreetly. Dignity is therefore about what we are enabling for the individual through the provision of our products, and how they access them.

It is the Trustees’ intent to grow the number of donating partners and Dignity Boxes / hosting partners, broadening current reach and the diversity of hosting partners in order to maximise our contribution to the prevention or relief of poverty. We currently operate in Edinburgh and the Lothians and our immediate focus is on growing our donating partners, having lost many of our previous ones due to Covid-19 which inevitably resulted in us having to significantly adapt our ways of working.

The day to day running of the charity sits with the Founder / CEO, who reports to the Board of Directors. This is a new phase for the organisation and the successful applicants will be required to input to the strategic plan and help with the revision of the business plan.

Further information

Please see the role profiles for further information on each role, and our website for general further information – dignityboxes.co.uk.

It is expected that these roles will require 2-3 days per month and we are looking for Board members who share our passion for improving the lives of those in poverty. The Board meets 4 x a year on a Sunday at our premises in Livingston when circumstances allow, or digitally on Zoom where that is not possible.

We value diversity and welcome applications from people of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, backgrounds, nationalities, religions and beliefs.-