At RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. Through activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 trained volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA member groups all over the UK.
RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. We welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through our network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in our cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as we can.
RDA UK provides support services, leadership and guidance to member groups, to help ensure the best possible experience for participants, and to promote the growth and development of the whole organisation. Our activities include volunteer training, the delivery of our coaching pathway, education programmes, governance and safeguarding support, research and insight, brand awareness and fundraising support.
The Board governs RDA UK and is made up of 11 Trustees – some elected by Member Groups and some recruited directly. It is supported by the National Office team and the volunteers that make up RDA UK (a network of regional, county and national volunteers).
Member Groups are separately registered individual charities, tied into RDA by the membership agreement and adherence to the operating procedures agreed by RDA UK. This requires Groups to fulfil specific obligations covering how they operate.
RDA is a broad federation encompassing a wide range of volunteers whose commitment to the charity drives the organisation forward. The Chair plays a key role in leading this team. The Chair leads the Trustee team and chairs Board meetings, they also chair the Finance and Investment Committees. With a strong tradition of collaborative and productive engagement with Trustees, the Chair will be able to work with colleagues on the Board to get things done. Where possible, the Chair plays a key role in helping us broaden our network and cultivating our stakeholders to ensure that we work as productively as possible. Supported by a strong fundraising team, the Chair has a key role in helping motivate and maintain current and potential donors to the organisation.
We are looking for a Chair who can approach the role with a clarity of purpose and a good understanding of RDA, its values and culture. The new Chair should have highly developed influencing, communication and interpersonal skills; able to connect with individuals at all levels of the organisation.
You should be able to act as a strong and ‘visible’ leader of the RDA Board. You will have experience of steering a committee to strong decision-making, and have operated at Board level. You will bring your business skills to the role, with strategic thinking and a good understanding of modern business processes and practices. Your exceptional communication and listening skills will quickly gain the confidence of the Board and allow you to connect effectively with volunteers and staff across the organisation. You will have a good understanding of the voluntary sector, as well as the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
You should mention any experience as a charity trustee, a fundraiser or any other involvement with the charity sector. Public speaking experience is also desirable. A direct knowledge of RDA and some experience with horses are also a bonus.
Location and time commitment
The Board meets four times a year at RDA’s Head Office and National Training Centre in Warwickshire. Other essential engagements include committee meetings, the AGM and the RDA National Championships. There are further opportunities to engage with RDA’s work through group visits and regional events, fundraisers and visits from RDA President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
In total, a realistic expectation would be 3-4 days per month.
Terms of Appointment
This role is voluntary but reimbursement is made for all reasonable expenses. The appointment is for a three-year term, which can be renewed at the discretion of the Board.
We are seeking a Duty Independent Advocate to to triage and respond to individual enquiries for advocacy support and provide independent advocacy throughout Perth and Kinross.
The post holder must have experience of, or interest in, supporting and advocating for others. It is essential they are committed to: a rights based approach; Human Rights; Social Justice and the Principles, Standards & Code of Best Practice for Independent Advocacy.
The successful candidate must be able to work as an individual as well as part of a team, with excellent communication and IT skills. The post is considered regulated work so is subject to membership of the PVG scheme.
Use of a car is essential as this post covers the whole of Perth & Kinross.
If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience, are passionate about people’s right to have their voice heard and share the values of IAPK, we will welcome your application.
The Centre Manager will play a key role in ensuring the management and smooth running of the ‘Skills and Play’ centre. An important aspect of the job is to develop the business, utilise the facilities available and identifying new opportunities by means of effective marketing, networking and innovative solutions.
The role will involve working closely with Social Services, parents/careers, children and young people, local 3rd sector originations and services as well as local council health and social care partnerships, to ensure that the Centre is a vibrant, well-managed facility that operates for the benefit of all centre users.
The Manager will be given a high degree of autonomy, will should be self-motivated to carry out the role of development manager in an initiative manner in line with the organisations wider plans for development and growth.
The main duties and responsibilities of the Manager are:
For a full list of qualifications acceptable for this post, please visit sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02523/en-us
This post requires registration with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups PVG scheme please make sure you meet the criteria to gain full disclosure status.
KO-NEKT ‘skills & play’ Centre is a specially designed childcare centre aimed at children and young people aged 5-18yrs with Additional Support Needs (ASN). KO-NEKT has been created for children and young people who require extra support beyond that provided by existing community, education, family or health service providers. Its launch in 2017 sought to initiate a new future for families whose children have ASN. The centre challenges the traditional ways of supporting children with ASN. It is run by social champions whose values promote community wealth building and a belief that everyone should have access to opportunities to thrive and become confident in their own ability.
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.
Blue Triangle is a specialist Housing Association and Charity helping vulnerable people to achieve better lives. Our clients face a range of challenges including homelessness and a variety of health conditions and disabilities, social isolation, addiction, and dependence issues.
Our mission is to “Assist vulnerable people achieve better lives”.
Our vision is to “Put the needs of individuals at the heart of everything we do”.
What our clients say about us “The best bit… the support from staff, staff are great. I’ve improved my communication skills and I feel good”. “I can’t say enough about how amazing they are. They meant everything when I was down and couldn’t get up”.
Following the recent appointment of our new Chief Executive, Iain Macfarlane, we are moving into a period of transformational change and exciting opportunities that will embrace government expectations and build on how we enhance and serve our communities. By being progressive and forward thinking, we are committed to providing services that meet the changing needs of society.
Board Members have overall responsibility for strategy, governance, and oversight. They each bring different expertise to ensure that, together, we can cover these responsibilities. They work collaboratively with the Executive Management Team to formulate plans for the future and deliver our organisations strategic goals.
If you share our passion for supporting and enabling stability and progress for people affected by homelessness or substance use, why not join our board to help shape our strategic direction and make sure we focus on what matters?
We are seeking active and engaged members of the board who will bring with them self-motivation, time and dedication but will also bring passion, drive and enthusiasm to the role to help us make a difference to the lives of those who use our services. Previous experience on a board is not required.
We would like to hear from people with a variety of backgrounds, who can bring different conversations and skills to our organisation. We particularly welcome people with experience in:
Board Membership is a rewarding volunteer role and while not remunerated, expenses are reclaimable. The time commitment for board members attendance is 8-10 meetings per year, plus an annual away day. We also encourage board members to provide additional time to support specific tasks or initiatives and to provide a sounding board to our team and other board members. Meetings are normally located in Glasgow but are currently meeting online virtually.
Tiphereth Camphill in Edinburgh are seeking confident and supportive individuals who value the concept of social equality and have a willingness to support people with learning disability and autism to maximise their potential and life opportunities.
You will be joining a vibrant community which seeks to support meaningful homelife and work for the individuals we support. You will help our members create their home and develop the skills they need to manage their tenancies. You will also support their access to a full range of social and cultural experiences both within and outside their homes which enhance their lives. As part of a creative team you will promote their holistic well-being enabling them to live their fullest life.
Collegiate working with your colleagues and lone working will both be required. Staff development is key to the innovative environment we create for members in our community and we will support you to grow in confidence in your role.
The hours of work are variable depending on the individual needs of our members. These are provided in both collegiate and lone working settings and involve evening and weekend work. Sleepovers in our shared homes may be required and are paid at the Scottish Living Wage. This is currently £9.30 per hour. The waking night posts in our individual flats, follow set hours.
You will be required to join the PVG scheme and register with the SSSC within the first six months of employment. Ideally candidates will have previous work experience in a similar setting and hold a professional qualification at SCQF level 6. For the right candidate we would consider applicants with no previous experience.
seescape is seeking new trustees to help the charity as we grow and develop
Based in in Kirkcaldy, Fife, seescape is a well-established charity working to improve the independence and quality of life of those who have sight impairment, their families and carers. seescape believes that it is important to raise awareness of the needs of sight impaired people by changing attitudes and breaking down the barriers that prevent people living with sight impairment being full and active members of society.
seescape provides a diverse range of activities and support to its beneficiaries. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with the charity as it seeks to grow and develop.
The role may appeal to people with a background and skills in one or more of the following areas: eye health, business planning and development, fundraising, HR, IT, charity governance or marketing.
seescape would like to appoint trustees to complement the current board in its role as a governing body: setting strategy and ensuring exemplary governance and fiscal control. Ideally the candidate would be someone with an understanding of charities and the voluntary sector. Most importantly they will have some strategic expertise and understanding of good governance.
The charity is keen to bring additional skills to its board, however, seescape is keen to attract applicants from a diverse audience so other skills will also be welcomed.
Board meetings are held every 6 weeks and these are currently being held virtually by Zoom.