We are Scotland’s leading community eating disorder charity, providing peer support through Support Groups and one-to-one Befriending for those with eating disorders and for parents, carers and families. Our services are volunteer-led, most of whom have lived experience of recovering from eating disorders.
We are seeing a rising need for the services we provide due to Covid and with so much of a stretch on public services just now, the charity provides a vital source of help. We have been fortunate that we have been able to move our support groups online and continue to provide the help that is so much needed.
Growing and developing our services is now a key focus so that we can support more people across Scotland in their recovery journey. Our plan to expand our services is led by our Development Manager with the support of our major funders, The Robertson Trust, National Lottery and Comic Relief and many other generous charitable trusts.
To help us deliver our vision and meet the needs of our communities in Scotland we are looking to bring new trustees onto the Board with specific skills sets in income generation and digital.
As a Board we work together as a close team, so we’re looking for trustees who enjoy working collaboratively towards a common goal and are happy to roll their sleeves up to get things done, alongside making a strategic contribution. We’re also planning to recruit some skills-based volunteers to help us deliver on key projects, and so having an interest in supporting their contribution to the Charity, and co-creating together, is important too.
We currently meet as a Board once a month, typically on a Wednesday between 3-5pm. Given the stage we’re at with our growth plans, you’ll likely need to commit around 2-3 additional hours during the working week.
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Income Generation Trustee
As part of your overall trustee duties of leading and governing the charity’s activities you will bring experience of income generation, ideally in the 3rd sector, with a focus on either Strategic Funding Relationships or Community Fundraising.
As a Board we have a collective responsibility for income generation and given the breadth of opportunity in this space, it’s not essential to have experience in both of these areas. We may recruit a couple of trustees with complementary skill sets to work together on this. You will also work closely with our Development Manager and partner together to align our income generation activity with our plans to deliver and expand our services.
We’re looking for people who can think strategically and creatively to help us develop a sustainable funding plan with a differentiated proposition that’s clear on who we are trying to reach and the best way to do so. At the same time, you’ll also have the know-how to put this into practice and get things off the ground, and also measure our success.
You’ll be confident in leading the way in one of the following areas:
Strategic Funding Relationships
• Building strategic relationships with key funders to secure income that provides a level of sustainable funding over multiple years e.g., charitable trusts and large-scale funders such as Comic Relief and Children in Need.
• A key part of this will be working together with the Development Manager and our external funding partner to create compelling funding applications. Experience of Section 10 applications would be of help down the line.
• Raising funds within our local communities, tapping into the desire to give something back, through events and sponsorship and leveraging our relationships with Universities and Colleges.
• Investigating digital channels and how we can use social media to raise funds.
• Exploring opportunities to partner with Corporates and with businesses in our communities.
As part of your overall trustee duties of leading and governing the charity’s activities you will bring your digital mindset and expertise to the work of the Board, to enable us to engage with digital in an informed way.
You’ll help us identify how we can leverage digital solutions and innovate to increase the accessibility and inclusiveness of our service in a post-Covid world. You’ll create digital goals and metrics that support our wider strategic objectives, highlighting the opportunities and the risks of digital.
You’ll bring a digital perspective to our product and service design principles and bring insights from elsewhere in the Charity sector, connecting with organisations such as SCVO, Catalyst and Charity Digital.
You will also help us to work smarter behind the scenes to ‘digify’ our core processes and find better ways to make our operations run more efficiently.
If you also have experience of digital marketing, that would be helpful but not essential.