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Board Members (voluntary positions)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Stirling
  • Closing 31st July 2022

  • Advertised from 13th June 2022


  • Do you love animals and want to help young people?
  • Have a few hours a month to dedicate to a good cause?
  • Would you enjoy helping people and dogs to improve each other’s lives?
  • Then we want to hear from you!

Paws for Progress is a local organisation looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated people who share our values and are excited about how human-animal interactions can change lives.

At Paws for Progress, we provide the UK’s first prison-based rescue dog training programme, running at HMP YOI Polmont for over a decade. We also deliver a range of Personal Development Programmes and Wellbeing Programmes in prisons and schools across Central Scotland, with the help of our team of enthusiastic and friendly “Ambassadogs”.

Our purpose is to enable people and dogs to improve each other’s lives.

All our work helps us to achieve our 3 strategic aims:

  • Improve the wellbeing and prospects of people experiencing challenges by creating opportunities for learning and development.
  • Improve the welfare of dogs and rehoming success of homeless dogs.
  • Build a sustainable future platform for our work to ensure we can make a lasting difference for both people and dogs.

Who we are:

Paws for Progress is a small organisation, led by a volunteer Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £130k and 5 members of staff. We are at a very exciting point in our development as we prepare for growth and expansion over the next 3-5 years. We hope that you will join us in our journey.

Who you are:

We would like to recruit several new Board members this summer, with applications welcomed from anyone who is passionate about our cause.

We are also particularly interested in recruiting Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Employability
  • Fundraising
  • Business development

Please see the Role profile & person specification below for further details about the role.

Application notes

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the role and highlighting relevant expertise to Ashley Ryan, Chair of the Board of Directors, via by the closing date, midnight 31st July 2022.

Please let Suzanne Ruby know at if there is anything we can do to make the application or interview process more accessible for you (for example, these adjustments could include, but are not limited to: video application, familiar supportive individual present, sending questions prior to the interview, possibility of a walking interview, etc).

Every role at Paws for Progress is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other form of diversity.

We will let you know by the 15th August 2022 if we are able to invite you for an informal interview to get to know you and tell you more about the role.