Wellspring Scotland Ltd
Wellspring Scotland Ltd

Charity registered in Scotland SC012522

Wellspring is a charity based in Edinburgh which provides affordable and high-quality psychotherapy and counselling. We offer a range of approaches to psychotherapy to adults, children, young people, families, couples and groups, as well as supervision to counsellors. Our main objective is to make counselling and psychotherapy as accessible to as many people as possible by offering a sliding scale according to their income. We have some limited funding for children and young people. Wellspring provides a caring and safe environment where people can feel supported to explore their lives and develop a sense of wellbeing. Wellspring has been in service to the people of Edinburgh and beyond for over 40 years and maintains a lovely building for this purpose.

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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th August 2021

Wellspring is looking to appoint a Chair to lead our small board of trustees which supports and shapes the future of Wellspring.

Wellspring is a leading Centre for the provision of affordable high-quality psychotherapy and counselling to individuals, couples, groups, families and young people. We were established in 1978 and are based in the Leith area of Edinburgh.

The Board is responsible for the financial and legal welfare of Wellspring and for the broad operational strategy. The Board is also ultimately responsible for ensuring that Wellspring is fulfilling its objectives as stated in the Articles of Association. The Board works closely with the Clinical Services Managers, Office Supervisor and Administrator and open communication is an important factor in the Board's ability to perform its duties.

The Chair will typically be active for 1-2 hours per week, plus attend scheduled board meetings in Edinburgh (or virtually) every 6-8 weeks and an annual AGM. The Chair will provide leadership by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of Wellspring’s charitable purposes and will plan and manage the annual cycle of board meetings in liaison with the Office Supervisor and Clinical Managers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to Wellspring and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the Wellspring’s charitable purposes
  • Chairing and facilitating board meetings
  • Giving direction to board policy-making
  • Checking that decisions taken at meetings are implemented
  • Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
  • With assistance from the Office Supervisor and Clinical Managers:
    • Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example annual general meeting
    • Setting agendas for board and other general meetings
  • Addressing conflict if it arises within the board and within Wellspring, and liaising with appropriate colleagues to achieve this

What are we looking for?

  • Leadership skills
  • Experience on a board of trustees
  • Experience of chairing meetings
  • A commitment to the aims and values of Wellspring
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak openly and constructively
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

What difference will you make?

Help support and shape the future of Wellspring which provides affordable high-quality psychotherapy and counselling to individuals; couples, groups, families and young people.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

An opportunity to use your knowledge and experience to make a real difference to, and help shape the future of Wellspring.