Play Midlothian is seeking trustees
Would you or someone you know be able to help? Being a charity trustee is a very rewarding voluntary role.
About Play Midlothian
Play Midlothian is a small registered charity (no. SC025474) and company limited by guarantee (no. SC240729), which started in 1996, and has an office in Gorebridge, Midlothian.
We work to support children to thrive through play. We focus on play because we know how much this benefits children’s health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances.
You would be joining the organisation at an exciting juncture and be instrumental in helping the Board to navigate a programme of organisational development to ensure its long-term growth, and sustainability.
About Play Midlothian’s board
The board is comprised of up to 12 trustees (who are legally also company directors).
We recruit trustees both through our existing membership and through advertising, with the aim of ensuring access to a range of skills and knowledge that would be useful to the board in fulfilling its remit.
The board is non-executive in its role, in that it is not involved in direct service delivery, rather it is there to review, guide, advise and oversee, ensuring that the staff team is performing well and is supported.
“Being a Trustee with Play Midlothian is hugely rewarding. I’ve been serving on the Board for nearly three years now and have had the opportunity to help support the organisation to grow and ultimately reach more children with the power of play. It’s a really exciting time to join the team as we look to continue to develop the organisation to make it more sustainable, and ensure that more children in Midlothian can flourish through play. If you’ve got skills that you think you could contribute to help support our work then we’d love to hear from you.” Natasha MacKinnon, recent Trustee
Responsibilities of a charity trustee
All trustees collectively have responsibility for Play Midlothian, with day to day management delegated to staff. The legal responsibilities for each trustee, under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act (2005), are to:
Play Midlothian has identified the key responsibilities of its trustees as:
We are currently particularly interested in hearing from people with the following backgrounds or experience:
However, we do have a few spaces available, so please do still get in touch if interested but have a different skillset to the above.
As a minimum, you need to be able to commit to:
From time to time other short life working groups may be established by the board to progress particular pieces of work. In addition, individual trustees may agree to work closely with member(s) of the staff team on a specific issue, depending on their own skills and areas of expertise.
More widely trustees are expected to advocate on Play Midlothian’s behalf using a wide range of networks and may become involved in supporting and representing Play Midlothian at fundraising or other events.
Trustees are not paid for their duties, but are able to claim the cost of travel to and from meetings (within reason) and other appropriate expenses.
Training and induction
Trustees will receive an induction to enable them to understand Play Midlothian, what we do, how we work and the role of the trustees and board. In addition, trustees are offered ongoing opportunities to access training on the role of a charity trustee and other topics. Trustees are also offered opportunities to get to understand the impact of Play Midlothian’s work better, which may include; shadowing staff, attending staff team meetings, meeting service users and volunteers, or linking more closely with one specific team or area of activity.
As Play Midlothian is a children’s charity, trustees must be PVG checked before they commence their role. If you are not already a member of the PVG scheme, you will need to join (which Play Midlothian will administer and there will be no cost).
For more information about Play Midlothian please visit playmidlothian.org.uk.
For a chat about the role and nomination process, please contact Susan McIntyre, Chief Executive, on 01875 820 889 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would ask you for a CV or a biography. The next step would be a meeting with the Chief Executive and Chairperson to discuss your interest in the position and what you can contribute. Following that, if both parties wish to proceed, a nomination would go forward to the board to consider at their next meeting. Trustees co-opted by the board would also go forward to the next AGM for election by Play Midlothian members.
Thank you for your interest – we hope to hear from you soon about how you can help us to support children in Midlothian to thrive through play.