Introduction by our Chair
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with Off the Record Bath and North East Somerset. (OTR BaNES). This applicant pack aims to give you more insight into the role of being a trustee with OTR and the types of roles that we are looking to fill.
OTR is seeking 5-6 volunteer trustees to join us at an exciting time of development for the charity. We are looking for trustees who have some specific experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas:
We welcome candidates for the trustee roles from all backgrounds, but we will prioritise those who will help us to continue to diversify the team.
We are particularly keen to appoint trustees with lived experience that reflects an aspect of the lives of the young people we serve and aspire to serve. In our new strategy we have committed to increasing the proportion of young people accessing our services from communities where health and wellbeing issues are more prevalent: people from low income backgrounds, people of colour and boys and young men. We are committed to creating an equitable environment where all can thrive. We will ensure that the recruitment process and decision making has representation of both age and other forms of diversity.
You will be joining an active and supportive team of trustees at an exciting time for our well established and highly regarded charity. The role will be challenging at times but very rewarding. It will provide invaluable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of young people. We meet as a Board six times a year, plus some additional meetings for any subgroups and other trustee activities. We’ll provide you with a full and thorough induction, and give you the chance to meet staff, volunteers and most importantly the young people we serve.
In this pack, you will find more details about this trustee role, and specifics about the sort of people we are looking for.
If you are interested any of the roles, or unsure which one might be for you, feel free to reach out to our Director, Phil for an informal discussion. We really encourage an informal chat if you want to ask any questions or find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.
Off the Record exists to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of young people by providing them with a safe space to be themselves. In our new strategy we have committed to increasing the proportion of young people accessing our services from communities where health and wellbeing issues are more prevalent: people from low income backgrounds, people of colour and boys and young men.
To do this we are looking to appoint 1-2 trustees with lived experience, or have relevant professional knowledge and understanding of these specific areas to continue to inform and guide our decision making.
The Trustees of Off the Record are committed to becoming a board that better represents the young people we serve. We welcome all applications, even if you don’t feel you fulfil all aspects of the role.
The purpose of the role
To ensure the Board of Trustees has appropriate information and oversight of our performance and development in these key areas of work across the organisation:
What we are looking for
We are looking for trustees with lived experience, or who has relevant professional knowledge and understanding of the three identified areas in our strategy, which are; reaching people of low income status, increasing our reach and access to people from racially minoritized communities and boys and young men.
You do not necessarily need to have any experience of being a trustee, and OTR will give you a full induction and individual support to help you develop into this role.
To apply, please send us a letter or a short film of less than 5 minutes explaining why you would like to be a trustee and what you will bring to the role to Phil Walters, Director via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact Phil if you have any access requirements or if we can make reasonable adjustments so that the interview process is more accessible.
Deadline for applications: 25th June 2023
Timing for interviews: w/c 10th July 2023
If you would like to have a phone conversation before applying, please email Phil Walters, Director to arrange a conversation.
Please note, this position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure that we’ll carry out before appointment along with two references