Charity registered in Scotland SC040633
The Marie Trust is a charity with an excellent and established reputation for its multi-faceted and progressive services delivery within the homelessness, criminal justice and addictions sectors in Glasgow. The dedicated, experienced and highly skilled Board, staff and volunteers of The Marie Trust work tirelessly for and with some of the most disadvantaged individuals in Glasgow, many of whom exist in total destitution.
The charity has a centrally located operational base, providing vital holistic intervention and counselling services, a fully equipped training kitchen and not for profit café, and several co-located outreaches, including a founding part in the award-winning CAN initiative, and a large community of volunteers that support all areas of The Marie Trust’s mission.
The Marie Trust is now at an exciting juncture in its development, with a new Chief Officer in place and seven new Board members with a variety of skills and experiences already in post. The organisation has experienced a change in leadership, where there is no Chief Executive in place but an experienced Chief Officer who works closely with the board. The board is the strategic and executive decision-making authority and has a more hands-on approach to the development of the organisation. We are at the perfect juncture to welcome in a new Chair of the Board to lead on the formation of a new strategy fit for what will be a crucial but challenging period ahead.
To fulfil our ambitious strategy, we are therefore seeking an experienced Chair to lead the new Board of Directors and to work in partnership with the Chief Officer to set the new direction and strategy for The Marie Trust. We are looking for a Chair that is driven, experienced in strategic planning, objective and forward planning and can steer the board and organisation through this process of change and support the organisation to strategically plan for the next 5 years ahead. An understanding of the Third Sector would be a bonus but is not essential, as full introductory and continuous training is given to all Board members.
The Chair position requires time and commitment that should not be underestimated. The board is currently meeting on a monthly basis, which may be subject to change.
All new Board positions will be co-opted initially and co-opted again or elected at the next AGM.
This innovative and unique Project will embed a new combination of long-term health and social wellbeing community outreach service, designed to tackle the conditions that create repeat episodes of homelessness and by consequence, hospitalisation or imprisonment.
It will provide an intensive person centred support package to individuals who are homeless or who are at risk of homeless as a result of addiction, poor mental health, offending and multiple and complex needs. It aims to address the exacerbated disengagement from treatment services that prevent those with the most complex needs from fully integrating into their communities and lead to recurrent relapse episodes.
Utilising a direct delivery team that will bring together people with lived experience of homelessness over an initial 12+ months period will also include volunteering using social prescribing and in the longer-term, peer support.
This exciting new Project will address the present gap in coherence and services for people with multiple complex needs who cannot access or do not meet the expectations of ‘mainstream’ services, and will ensure the voices of those with lived experience are heard at all stages of planning and delivery.
It will test a model to inform service and policy change in the benefits of longer-term support for those with the most complex needs, as well as in Scottish Government approaches to reduction in social isolation which lead to relapses in homelessness.
We are looking to recruit candidates who have a ‘can do attitude’ and proven track experience working with individuals with complex needs and have a sound knowledge of housing/homelessness and welfare rights and community resources.