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We are looking for a Chair, a Treasurer and general Board member(s)
Dignity Boxes are looking for new members to join the Board of Trustees. We are keen to hear from people who would be interested in the roles of Chair and Treasurer, as well as those who would be interested in becoming a general Board member. Fund raising experience is preferred in at least one of these roles, and we would welcome someone with lived experience of poverty.
Our current Chair and Treasurer set up the organisation and have overseen it for the past 3 years. We are looking to recruit strong strategic leaders who can take our organisation forward into a new phase of development. If you are interested in the Chair or Treasurer role, we would prefer 2 years of experience on at least one other Board, and a good understanding of small charitable organisations.
Our charitable purposes as set out in the SCIO constitution are the:
The Charity’s contribution to the prevention or relief of poverty is achieved by collating toiletries provided by our donating partners (most of whom regularly fill a ‘Donation Box’) and redistributing them in Dignity Boxes via our hosting partners (i.e. those who host a Dignity Box on our behalf) on a monthly basis. Individuals then take what they need from the Dignity Box (one or a few products, not the whole box – a whole box serves many people). Our hosting partners are all like-minded organisations who share our values. Some are charities themselves who support the prevention or relief of poverty and those in need in their own individual way.
The aim of a Dignity Box is ultimately to promote self-worth (dignity) in the individual beneficiary - by allowing those in need to take what they cannot afford or gain access to, without having to ask or thank anyone. In pursuit of promoting dignity, anonymity is key in this respect and so all Dignity Boxes are placed by our hosting partners in such a way that the person in need can take the products they require discreetly. Dignity is therefore about what we are enabling for the individual through the provision of our products, and how they access them.
It is the Trustees’ intent to grow the number of donating partners and Dignity Boxes / hosting partners, broadening current reach and the diversity of hosting partners in order to maximise our contribution to the prevention or relief of poverty. We currently operate in Edinburgh and the Lothians and our immediate focus is on growing our donating partners, having lost many of our previous ones due to Covid-19 which inevitably resulted in us having to significantly adapt our ways of working.
The day to day running of the charity sits with the Founder / CEO, who reports to the Board of Directors. This is a new phase for the organisation and the successful applicants will be required to input to the strategic plan and help with the revision of the business plan.
Please see the role profiles for further information on each role, and our website for general further information – dignityboxes.co.uk.
It is expected that these roles will require 2-3 days per month and we are looking for Board members who share our passion for improving the lives of those in poverty. The Board meets 4 x a year on a Sunday at our premises in Livingston when circumstances allow, or digitally on Zoom where that is not possible.
We value diversity and welcome applications from people of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, backgrounds, nationalities, religions and beliefs.-
If you feel you have the passion, experience and time to commit, please email our CEO and current Chair on the email addresses below to express your interest, and attach a current CV along with our completed application form. If we would like to take your application further we will be in touch for an initial, pre-interview conversation: Isabel Dosser – CEO email@example.com