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Chair/Trustees (RB)

We are looking for a new Chair and two Trustees to join our management board.  Our current Chair is retiring and we also wish to expand our existing board of Trustees.  As Trustees, we have the legal and financial responsibility for managing and supervising the charity.  Trustees are involved with finance, funding, governance, policy, planning, human resources, marketing, information technology and management supervision.  We seek to achieve a dynamic board of Trustees that have a wide range of skills and experience. 

The board is led by the Chair, and the Trustees are jointly responsible for good governance and employment of the staff team. The Trustees work with the staff to find the funding needed, develop Home-Start services, monitor and report on how well the charity is doing, and file returns to regulatory authorities. The board activities are varied and challenging, but also hugely rewarding. Working with staff and home-visiting volunteers, the board of Trustees has a positive impact on the lives of local families.

Trustees must have an understanding of the challenges which parents face raising small children, and the ability to work well as part of a team. Ideally, they will be self- motivated and not afraid of applying their skills to new areas.

What skills do I need?

For our Chair position, we need an experienced and enthusiastic leader who is used to working within a voluntary organisation.  As we work closely with the Social Services and the National Health Service, relevant experience would be an advantage but not essential. Board meetings take place around 10 times a year in the Redhill/Reigate/Oxted areas. The Chair holds supervision meetings with the Scheme Manager about every six weeks.  This is a challenging position with a significant time commitment where the holder can make a significant difference to the performance of the organisation and the lives of the families we support.

Trustees meet around 10 times a year in the evenings in Redhill/Reigate/Oxted areas. Each Trustee is allocated a specific role and should expect to spend at least 8-10 hours per month on their duties. It is an important role, carrying legal and financial responsibilities which will require a time commitment. Home-Start Trustees will receive a thorough induction, be invited to national training courses and events, have access to a Home-Start intranet full of knowledge and guidance on all aspects of running a local Home-Start, and have the skills and knowledge of staff, your fellow Trustees and Home-Start UK - which exists to provide information, support and guidance to local Home-Starts.

Trustees volunteer because they want to be involved in their community and improve the lives of parents and children. What they get back is the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable families in their community. In many cases, being a Trustee can enhance an individual's skills and knowledge, build confidence and provide opportunities for personal development for future employment, provide focus for an active retirement or sense that their spare time is being put to good use.

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Home-Start East Surrey (RB)

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Start Date: 05/07/2018

End Date: 31/07/2019

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