Do you want to lead the establishment of a new, independent and trauma-informed public body which treats survivors with respect, dignity and compassion?
For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failings by establishing a new financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.
The Scottish Parliament passed the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill on 11 March 2021. The Bill creates ‘Redress Scotland’, a new Non-Departmental Public Body which will make decisions on applications from survivors seeking financial redress.
As Chair of Redress Scotland, in addition to providing strategic leadership and embedding a culture of trauma-informed practice you will:
About the role
Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to your local community?
Who we are
Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau Ltd is an independent charity delivering free, confidential and impartial advice and support to vulnerable people living and working in Stirling District. We specialise in Welfare Rights, Energy, Debt, Employment, Immigration, Housing, and Health.
· To provide the advice, information & support to inform, enable & empower people to overcome the problems they face
· To ensure that individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities or of the services that are available to them, or through an inability to express their needs effectively; and to exercise a responsible evidence based influence on local & national policy makers
Join our Board
We are actively seeking individuals who may be interested in joining our Board of Trustees in the future.
The Board is composed of volunteers from a wide range of charity, business, legal, media and financial backgrounds.
We are committed to Equal Opportunities and are looking to ensure we are representative and reflective of the communities we serve.
We are particularly interested in speaking to people who have knowledge, understanding and experience in any of the following areas: -
· NHS Management
· Local Government
· Retired Elected officials
· Anti-Poverty work
You’re looking for an opportunity to contribute to the vision, mission and values of a community organisation that provides vital help and support to local people.
You’re inspired by the idea of developing and supporting a valuable public service.
You’re motivated to address the needs of vulnerable people resident in the Stirling District area.
You’ve got the time, energy and commitment to dedicate to developing Stirling CAB’s strategic aims and goals.
If this describes you, then Stirling CAB would love to hear from you.
This non remunerated role is both high profile and respected within the local community. It will offer new challenges, learning opportunities and broaden your networks.
A Place in Childhood (APiC) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) on a mission to promote and conceive Inclusive Child-Friendly Environments through practice-based Research, Advocacy and Action. Our team represents the cutting-edge of theory, research and participatory practice, and underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), we place children at the heart of everything we do.
What we’re looking for
As our charity grows, we are seeking to diversify income streams and ensure we can understand and meet the emerging needs of a variety of funders. At present, APiC’s funding has come from direct pitches or tenders with public and third sector organisations. Operating in the spirit of a social enterprise, we are now keen to develop a robust, future-ready fundraising strategy that aligns with our business plan and ensure continued promotion of our ideas and activities outside of specific project work. Contributions from a board member with fundraising expertise will also improve our understanding and capacity to submit successful funding bids.
The ideal volunteer would share our aims at improving the implementation of children’s rights and better design and planning of our built environment. An understanding of child and or related funding avenues in the UK would also be of benefit to this role. However, prior experience of working in this area is not required. This is a time of fast growth for the charity, and we see wide and varied opportunities for expanding our trading and service offer for which our new Board Trustee would play a vital role.
To find out more about the role, please download the role description below.
Forth Environment Link (FEL) is a Scottish environmental charity leading the way on connecting people and place. FEL supports more day to day journeys on foot or by bike; encourages more local food to be grown and eaten in our communities; and helps increase the lifespan of our everyday items. The following values underpin our activity as an organisation:
· People first - Investing in our team to ensure we can provide tailored support where it is needed most.
· Enabling – Delivering activity in a way that is practical, easy to understand and accessible to everyone.
· Collaborative - Ensuring we work in partnership to add value where we can.
· Innovative - Testing and developing new ideas and being a catalyst for change.
· Passionate – In everything we do, we demonstrate a love for the environment and our place within it.
· Fair – Working in a way that is inclusive and reflects the needs of the people and communities we work with.
Our strategic approach reflects our ambition as an organisation and recognises the role third sector will perform in delivering national outcomes at a local and regional level.
Forth Environment Link are recruiting new Trustees to join the organisation and help shape our future direction as we emerge from the last 12 months of working within a global pandemic.
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about the environment and climate action, possess good independent judgement, will appreciate the collective responsibilities of the Trustee Board and who think strategically. Our Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and can be re-appointed for two further terms of up to three years each.
We wish to increase the diversity, knowledge, age and experience on our Board so hope to attract applications from a wide range of talented individuals. We would particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented on our Board including people from BAME backgrounds, younger people and people who have engaged with our organisation and/or services.
Applications from people with a commitment to community climate action would be welcomed. We are keen to attract people with experience or knowledge in the following areas but these are desirable, not exclusive:
· Digital Leadership
· Training Development
· Youth Engagement
· Energy Systems
· Working with Marginalised Groups
· Diversification of income
· Health & Safety
In addition to general Trustee roles, FEL is also looking for a Treasurer to support the financial aspect of the organisation as well as to expand the current knowledge-base and diversity of the existing Board.
Some key responsibilities of the treasurer are:
Are you interested in contributing to the work of Health in Mind, a mental health and wellbeing charity based in Edinburgh, working across Scotland? Health in Mind is seeking to recruit suitably experienced and qualified people onto our Board Directors.
Health in Mind Board Directors are responsible for the charity's governance and strategy, and for making sure that the charity is administered effectively. They have ultimate accountability for its activities and outcomes.
In an increasingly challenging financial environment for the Health and Social Care sector, in the midst of a period of change, we are seeking to increase our working partnerships, improve our effectiveness, continue to develop creative approaches to meet need and increase our unrestricted income. In order to help us achieve this, we are seeking new volunteer Board Directors, particularly those with an appropriate level of the following knowledge, skills or experience:
Health in Mind Board meets six times a year, currently via video conferencing, usually in our city centre office in Edinburgh and is supported by a number of focussed committees, currently meeting quarterly by video conference.
Routes to Work South (RTWS) is the lead employability provider in South Lanarkshire and provides employment support services exclusively to South Lanarkshire residents and employers.
Significant investment by the company and local stakeholders over the years has seen RTWS grow into South Lanarkshire’s employment champion, developing a first-class infrastructure through its commitment to Fair Work principles, investment in staff training and development, established delivery footprint and well-resourced employability hubs in each of South Lanarkshire’s 4 localities. This includes a strong presence in rural Clydesdale and substantial employer engagement activity that extends to the wider travel to work area.
RTWS is a national award winner achieving both a National Training Award and Scottish Working Families Business of the Year for their demand led training and commitment to flexible working and fair work practices. A Living Wage Accredited employer, the Board and Staff are committed to providing first class opportunities and customer service to support personal and business growth.
This is a challenging and exciting time for RTWS as the company will have a key role moving forward in supporting national and local economic recovery and growth in response to the global pandemic. RTWS operates in a very competitive market successfully tendering for contracts from national organisations including Skills Development Scotland, DWP and Scottish Government as well as local services commissioned by Big Lottery Fund, South Lanarkshire Council and smaller grant making bodies.
Employment and skills are complex and politically sensitive fields. Whether providing pre-employment training, in work training or developing sustainable solutions to address food and fuel insecurity, RTWS aims to reduce the effects of poverty and enable change through flexible, responsive and joined up services.
We want to hear from YOU if you have a passion for making a difference and an empathy with our charitable aims to alleviate poverty and create lasting change in our most disadvantaged communities.
"Make a lasting difference, promote opportunity, create choice and enable change"
Our current Board has a wealth of experience and knowledge of South Lanarkshire and the sector, bringing passion and commitment to supporting RTWS staff in making our vision a reality. Working closely with the Chair, fellow RTWS Board Members and the Chief Executive, you will play a key role in contributing to the development of strategy, management of risk and overall governance of our organisation. We are looking to bring complementary skill sets and experience to our Board, and would be keen to hear from you if you have experience in the following areas:
This position is non-remunerative (reasonable expenses will be paid) and asks for the following commitment: attendance at our full Board meetings 4 times per year (Tuesday between 5-7pm) with additional voluntary involvement in our sub-committees, also 4 times per year (Tuesday between 11am and 1pm).
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS or “the Society”) is a charity founded in 1909, which owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. Our mission is to connect people with nature and safeguard threatened species.
The Society has elections to the Board from our membership at each AGM. But in addition to this, the Board can also co-opt people to complement the skills set of its current members. It is in this regard that the Society is now looking to co-opt 3 people to join the Board and is interested in hearing from a wide range of people who have a distinct interest in animal conservation. The duration of the co-option periods will vary from 1 to 4 years and after the expiry of each co-option period, the incumbent is eligible to stand for re-election to the Board through the AGM.
The responsibilities of the Board include:
· Promoting and safeguarding the sustainability of the Society
· Providing leadership within prudent and effective controls
· Setting the Society’s strategic aims
· Setting the Society’s values & standards
· Ensuring all regulatory requirements are met
To complement the expertise of current board members, we would be particularly interested to hear from individuals with recent or current expertise in (among other things) conservation, tourism, veterinary skills, zoology or social media and digital technology. Additionally, candidates who have experience of either working with or knowledge of conservation, tourism or government organisations (examples of which could include Visit Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, NatureScot or similar) would also be of particular interest.
We are looking for individuals who share our values and who can contribute to greater diversity of thought in order to help the Board better reflect our diverse community.
We are Scotland’s leading community eating disorder charity, providing peer support through Support Groups and one-to-one Befriending for those with eating disorders and for parents, carers and families. Our services are volunteer-led, most of whom have lived experience of recovering from eating disorders.
We are seeing a rising need for the services we provide due to Covid and with so much of a stretch on public services just now, the charity provides a vital source of help. We have been fortunate that we have been able to move our support groups online and continue to provide the help that is so much needed.
Growing and developing our services is now a key focus so that we can support more people across Scotland in their recovery journey. Our plan to expand our services is led by our Development Manager with the support of our major funders, The Robertson Trust, National Lottery and Comic Relief and many other generous charitable trusts.
To help us deliver our vision and meet the needs of our communities in Scotland we are looking to bring new trustees onto the Board with specific skills sets in income generation and digital.
As a Board we work together as a close team, so we’re looking for trustees who enjoy working collaboratively towards a common goal and are happy to roll their sleeves up to get things done, alongside making a strategic contribution. We’re also planning to recruit some skills-based volunteers to help us deliver on key projects, and so having an interest in supporting their contribution to the Charity, and co-creating together, is important too.
We currently meet as a Board once a month, typically on a Wednesday between 3-5pm. Given the stage we’re at with our growth plans, you’ll likely need to commit around 2-3 additional hours during the working week.
To find out more about the legal duties of a trustee, click here OSCR | Guidance and good practice for Charity Trustees.
Income Generation Trustee
As part of your overall trustee duties of leading and governing the charity’s activities you will bring experience of income generation, ideally in the 3rd sector, with a focus on either Strategic Funding Relationships or Community Fundraising.
As a Board we have a collective responsibility for income generation and given the breadth of opportunity in this space, it’s not essential to have experience in both of these areas. We may recruit a couple of trustees with complementary skill sets to work together on this. You will also work closely with our Development Manager and partner together to align our income generation activity with our plans to deliver and expand our services.
We’re looking for people who can think strategically and creatively to help us develop a sustainable funding plan with a differentiated proposition that’s clear on who we are trying to reach and the best way to do so. At the same time, you’ll also have the know-how to put this into practice and get things off the ground, and also measure our success.
You’ll be confident in leading the way in one of the following areas:
Strategic Funding Relationships
• Building strategic relationships with key funders to secure income that provides a level of sustainable funding over multiple years e.g., charitable trusts and large-scale funders such as Comic Relief and Children in Need.
• A key part of this will be working together with the Development Manager and our external funding partner to create compelling funding applications. Experience of Section 10 applications would be of help down the line.
• Raising funds within our local communities, tapping into the desire to give something back, through events and sponsorship and leveraging our relationships with Universities and Colleges.
• Investigating digital channels and how we can use social media to raise funds.
• Exploring opportunities to partner with Corporates and with businesses in our communities.
As part of your overall trustee duties of leading and governing the charity’s activities you will bring your digital mindset and expertise to the work of the Board, to enable us to engage with digital in an informed way.
You’ll help us identify how we can leverage digital solutions and innovate to increase the accessibility and inclusiveness of our service in a post-Covid world. You’ll create digital goals and metrics that support our wider strategic objectives, highlighting the opportunities and the risks of digital.
You’ll bring a digital perspective to our product and service design principles and bring insights from elsewhere in the Charity sector, connecting with organisations such as SCVO, Catalyst and Charity Digital.
You will also help us to work smarter behind the scenes to ‘digify’ our core processes and find better ways to make our operations run more efficiently.
If you also have experience of digital marketing, that would be helpful but not essential.
Could you lead us?
Movement Park is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson to lead and guide the charity through an exciting and ambitious phase of growth and to continue the long-term impact through community engagement. Now in its fifth year, Movement Park is well placed to play a meaningful and lasting role within our community as society recovers from the impacts of COVID and beyond. Over the past 12-months Movement Park has built upon its well-laid foundations and learned valuable experiences to build financial sustainability; enhance our facilities; develop our 5-year strategic plan; create a strong, loyal and growing membership-base; review and diversity our programme.
The new Chairperson shall work with and lead a supportive and settled board to deliver the charity’s vision: “to enhance the wellbeing and social engagement of our community through sport and creative activities”. Since inception, and in particular throughout the past 12-months, Movement Park has experienced considerable growth in participation, reach and impact from our well-known venue-hub in the local community offering a range of activities, including Parkour, Skateboarding, Ninja School, and Basketball as well as many others.
The role of the Chairperson will to be a main contact alongside the CEO following the new strategic direction and governance of the charity, with a Vice Chair & Secretary playing a crucial role, keeping our records in check and communicating with the Board and our members. The Chairperson will scrutinise, review and monitor the management reports and constructively challenge the management where necessary. The Chairperson shall be committed to and live the values of a community-focused organisation. The Chairperson shall represent Movement Park and be the public face of charity to external supporters, funders and events.
This is a voluntary role, however any reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the carrying role, as board member, will be reimbursed.
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action are looking for new trustees to support our organisation to grow and develop.
DVVA is an independent charity that aims to ensure the third sector (like charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups) is robust, resilient and delivers high quality services for the people of Dundee.
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action Vision:
A socially just, healthy and sustainable Dundee that is culturally diverse where people’s voices are heard and power and decision making is equally shared.
We will do this by:
The Board is currently made up of 7 members and meets every 2 months and is looking to recruit two new members.
We would particularly welcome those with skills or a background in a legal or corporate setting to fill one of our vacancies.
We would particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented on our Board including women, people from BAME backgrounds, younger people and people who have engaged with our organisation and/or services.
Trustee role description
Trustees are there to lead, control and supervise the governance and strategic direction of the organisation. It’s the part of the organisation with formal power and responsibilities, which are detailed in the governing document, and backed up by law. The Chief Executive Officer is delegated responsibility for the operational running of the organisation.
Trustees are there to lead, control and supervise the governance and strategic direction of the organisation . It’s the part of the organisation with formal power and responsibilities, which are detailed in the governing document, and backed up by law.
If things go wrong, it’s the trustees that will be called to account. They need to be aware of this and act in the best interests of the organisation and its beneficiaries, following all requirements of law and regulation. This is sometimes referred to as the need for ‘due diligence’.
To enable the organisation to meet its aims, trustees should perform the following functions:
In addition to the statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This involves: