The Woodworks Project
Contract Type: 
Part Time
South West
Contract Details:
Details of Role: 

Trustee Role Description


The Purpose of The Woodworks Project


The Woodworks Project is a Bath-based charity that empowers people to find their purpose, through woodworking and upholstery, in a creative and supportive environment. The Woodworks Project was set up to help people facing difficulties through their mental or physical health, or who have a history of addiction. The charity offers opportunities for people in Bath and surrounding areas to participate in engaging activities, whilst learning traditional crafts skills from highly trained and compassionate tutors.


Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the Board of Trustees took the step of hibernating the charity.  The Trustees had determined that in order to ensure the long-term future of the charity, we needed to secure a number of diverse funding and revenue streams.  Integral to this financial model was an operating model that increased the number of people ‘coming through’ the workshop, whether as funded clients or through paid courses.  


Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, we had made significant investment, in both time and resources, to refurbish and relocate to our new workshop.  We are proud of the teams’ hard work and were looking forward to our future in our new environment. 


The Board of Trustees is working to reopen the charity’s doors, secure funding, build revenue and deliver our aim of strategic of social inclusion while managing social distance and ensuring a safe working environment. 


We are looking for additional Trustees to help us with this process, by contributing to the strategic review and ensuring the long-term future of the charity. 





While the charity is seeking to re-start, we need Trustees who are even more engaged, enthusiastic and able to provide practical, hands-on support than ever.


The duties of a trustee are as follows: -


  • Ensuring the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit;
  • Complying with the charity’s governing document and the law;
  • Acting in the charity’s best interests;
  • With your co-trustees, making balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term;
  • Managing the charity’s resources responsibly;
  • Using reasonable care and skill, making use of your skills and experience and taking appropriate advice when necessary;
  • Giving enough time, thought and energy to your role;
  • Preparing for and actively participating in all trustees’ meetings; and
  • Ensuring the charity is accountable 
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Head of Charity


In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise. 


The Woodworks Project has identified certain areas of professional knowledge and experience that would be complimentary to those of our existing Board.  We would particularly welcome applicants with a strong background in Marketing, PR, Brand Development, Commerce / Developing new venue streams and those with a strong background in Safeguarding and Social Care.


Person Specification


  • A commitment to the organisation. 
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort, and roll up their sleeves to support the charity. 
  • Strategic vision. 
  • Good, independent judgement. 
  • An ability to think creatively. 
  • A willingness to speak their mind. 
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship. 
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team. 
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 



What are we looking for? 


We are seeking 2 additional trustees.  We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals, who collectively bring a range of skills and experience to compliment those of the existing board, to help take the charity forward.  As stated above The Woodworks Project has identified certain areas of professional knowledge and experience that would be complimentary to those of our existing Board, therefore would particularly welcome applicants with a strong backgrounds in:


  • Marketing, PR or Brand Development 
  • Commerial / Developing New Revenue Streams
  • Safeguarding and Social Care.
  • Trustees with Chair or ‘Head of’ experience or a willingness to become Chair of the charity board in the near future.


The right candidates will enjoy the challenges of reviewing the charity’s strategy and helping to bring it out of hibernation then growing and supporting a maturing organisation to deliver the charity’s charitable objective. 


Trustees should ideally have a common sense approach, understanding of the limitations of a small organisation, being creative and innovative in helping the Board to cultivate an ambitious but realistic strategy. A local knowledge and network with businesses and/or charities and experience or involvement with charitable groups and communities within the Bath area is desired, as we welcome new ideas, different experiences and fresh perspectives to the Board.


Preferably candidates will have an interest in traditional trade-skills, especially upholstery or cabinet making, however this is not essential.  


Ideally, trustees will be based in or near Bath, however, the organisation is very much open to applications from further afield.



Benefits for Trustees


This is an opportunity to work with an organisation which assists a huge variety of vulnerable individuals from the local community. You will play a key role in shaping and growing the organization.  You will work with a passionate and friendly team who love what they do and who are committed to supporting vulnerable people as well as the trades of Woodworking and Upholstery and principles of sustainability.  


Closing Date: 
Saturday, 19 February, 2022 - 11:45
How to Apply: 

Application is by CV and a covering letter which should state why you wish to work with the organisation, how your skills would add value to the Board and any other relevant information that you wish for us to consider. 


Please apply to

Contact Person: 
David Melling
Contact Email:
Postal Address: 
Roseberry Road Bath BA2 3DX