North Berwick Coastal Community Connections works to reduce social isolation and loneliness within the North Berwick Coastal Ward (which stretches from Aberlady in the west to Whitekirk in the east) by helping people become more connected and involved in their community. Using a mix of befriending and participatory activities, the project workers support people who may be isolated for a variety of reasons to regain their confidence and take their first steps back into social settings. Their members come from across the community, referred by GPs, local organisations, friends and family and, as self-referrals. Initially a community-led pilot project. NBCCC has now gained charitable status and is working towards its programme for the next three years.
The current Board wishes to appoint a number of additional trustees to oversee the strategic development of the charity as it moves into its next phase.
One vacancy is for a Safeguarding Officer. This trustee would assist the Board and staff with all aspects relating to the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (Scotland) Act 2007. A second vacancy has arisen for a trustee who would become Secretary to the Board.
Finally, we are seeking a trustee with first-hand working experience of small voluntary organisations.
These positions would be ideally suited to people with previous experience, knowledge and understanding of current safeguarding, child and adult protection legislation and related guidance, those with a background in mental health work and those who have previous knowledge of working in or with community-based charitable organisations.
In addition to monitoring the charity’s policies governing its work with volunteers and members, successful candidates should have a general interest in the reduction of social isolation and loneliness and be able to contribute to the strategic work of the Board.
Board meetings currently take place at 4-6 weekly intervals, but this frequency is expected to reduce as the charity becomes more established. Meetings have been taking place over Zoom although it is expected to have some physical meetings in the future.
Applications are invited from individuals who reside in the North Berwick Coastal Ward, although consideration will also be given to those with the appropriate background and experience who reside elsewhere.
Interested parties should send an email with a short statement confirming their background, experience and reasons for wishing to assist this project to: Cochairrobert@nbc-communityconnections.org