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Board Members (voluntary positions)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Stirling
  • Closing 2nd October 2020

  • Advertised from 1st September 2020


Paws for Progress CIC (Community Interest Company) are looking for experienced professionals to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our values and are enthusiastic about the potential of human-animal interactions to positively change lives.

Established in 2014 Paws for Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals. We do this by developing and delivering educational programmes and tailored animal assisted interventions to groups in society most needing support. Our work can broadly be divided into services working within Scottish prisons to improve outcomes for people in custody, and services aimed at enhancing outcomes for children and young people in community and educational settings. Our rescue dog training programme at HMP & YOI Polmont has been running successfully since 2011 and continues to expand to benefit the students and dogs participating.

“The dogs – they change the way you think and the way you act. They trust you, it’s that mutual bond. You think you’re helping them, but they’re helping you too”. Student, Paws for Progress.

Our prison based services provide valuable training, education and support to young people and adults in custody, who in turn provide training for our team of Ambassadogs, essential life skills for rescue dogs to help increase their chances of successful adoption, and advanced training for assistance dogs prior to their placement with families in the community.

Paws for Progress CIC is a small organisation, led by a Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £180k and 4 full time members of staff.

We would like to recruit several new Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Human resources
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth Work
  • Policy
  • Fundraising
  • Third Sector
  • Education

We are in a period of transition as we develop our business and we are seeking individuals who can support the organisation through the process of change. Board members are expected to attend approximately 6 Board meetings a year in Stirling, and other and occasional events, and to be able to commit to approximately 4 hours a month towards Board activities. All Board roles are voluntary but out of pocket expenses to attend Board meetings and related events will be reimbursed. A role description is available below.

Application notes

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Applicants should submit an up to date CV and cover letter explaining their interest in the role and highlighting relevant expertise to Ashley Ryan - Chair of the Board of Directors