The Teapot Trust is looking for a new trustee, someone to be the strategic voice of fundraising on the Board. Our CEO is an experienced and inspiring fundraiser herself; what we need is a trustee to enhance the Board, contributing to a development strategy which secures the revenue we need to grow as a charity. If you have significant strategic fundraising experience and, preferably, Board experience too, we would love to hear from you. This is a voluntary role and is not about operational support or a significant time commitment. The Board meets bi-monthly and we would also ask you to join our Fundraising Subcommittee. All trustees are invited to help “open doors” by using their valuable contacts and we would hope you would do the same. Most importantly, all trustees believe in improving the mental health of young people through art therapy and creative interventions.
The Teapot Trust has a vacancy. If you have strategic fundraising experience and skills and are looking for a stimulating and rewarding role as a charity trustee, we would love to hear from you. Teapot Trust is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has exciting plans for the future. We use art therapy and other creative interventions to help support children and young people with long term physical and mental health conditions, and we know this work really helps build resilience and self-confidence. COVID-19 has knocked all charities this year, but Teapot Trust was quick to move online and this has been a catalyst for change and new opportunities. We are proud to have been able to continue supporting children and their families during this crisis and have developed a Recovery Plan to help us grow in 2021 and beyond.
The Teapot Trust Board comprises seven trustees at present, including our Founder. We take our roles of charity governance, financial oversight and strategic direction seriously and our trustees bring a range of strengths to our collective decision-making. As a lean, ambitious and dynamic charity, there are always interesting ideas and issues to scrutinise. The Board currently meets every two months and trustees are usually also involved in a subcommittee. Trustees, our team of five staff and the art therapists who work with us are all committed to supporting and enriching the lives of as many children as possible. Fundraising is obviously our critical activity and we hope to find a trustee who can contribute to shaping our future.
Teapot Trust is a Scottish charity providing art therapy and creative interventions in hospitals and, more recently, community settings and online to support the wellbeing of children and young people living with chronic conditions – and their families. We help children and young people to express their emotions, overcome challenges linked to their condition and develop healthy coping mechanisms so that they are not defined by their illness. Through our art therapy we bring colour to young lives.
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Teapot Trust provides art therapy in hospitals, community settings and online to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people living with chronic conditions – and their families.
We’re seeking an experienced trusts and foundations fundraiser to cover the maternity leave of our grants officer for up to twelve months. We’re not looking for someone to ‘hold the reins’ but to bring an ambitious can-do attitude to securing both project and core costs including multi-annual grants. While taking a lead in managing a programme of applications, you will work closely with and be supported by the CEO and the supporter engagement officer.
Teapot Trust is at the forefront of transformative mental health support for children and young people living with chronic conditions and their families. We provide a UK wide programme of art therapy and creative interventions – in hospitals, in community venues and online. Through art, we help children express emotions which they may not be able to articulate verbally, building their resilience and developing healthy coping mechanisms.
2020 was a year of energising change in which we moved all our services online in response to the pandemic (as the risks of continuing to work in hospitals were too great). Through this we have strengthened our relationships with the families we support, built partnerships in communities to widen access and welcomed referrals from Public Health colleagues beyond hospitals. Having adapted well, Teapot Trust is now in a position of “relative strength” financially – the result of hard graft in a challenging year! Happily, we are on course to become a £500,000 charity in 2021 and Team Teapot is motivated to work for growth so that many more children and families can benefit. An exciting plan to scale-up our work in 2021 is becoming a reality with funding secured.
The charity employs a small core team (5 staff/4.4 FTE) who operate with inter-dependency, sharing an unswerving belief in our cause and in the power of art to bring transformational healing. Art therapy is delivered by 16 (FTE 5) professionally qualified, self-employed, sessional art therapists based around the UK.
In 2020, we refreshed our brand, website, newsletter and social media platforms ahead of our 10th anniversary year. Now, following a review of our social media, we want to step-up our digital engagement to give it greater authenticity and resonance – truly engaging identified stakeholders in appropriate dialogue. As a mental health charity, it’s crucial that we claim that expertise and engage with influencers and stakeholders beyond our core beneficiaries, advocating for parity in the treatment of mental and physical health. Linked to this is a need to build our CRM database of supporters and stakeholders. So, the post-holder will be the lead user of it – ensuring efficient data capture/management, managing the mailings to stakeholders (hard and soft copy) and supporting the fundraising team with database admin for the annual appeal and campaigns.