Trustees Needed for a Mental Health and Wellbeing Charity
We are looking for enthusiastic, hands-on trustees to join our team of 3 trustees to guide The Woodworks Project through the next stage of its journey towards sustainability and supporting more vulnerable people over the next 3 years.
What will you be doing?
The Woodworks Project was set up to help those who have faced difficulties through their mental or physical health or who have a history of addiction. By working collaboratively with the highly trained craftsmen, The Woodworks Project helps its clients to empower themselves, enabling vulnerable individuals to move forward in their lives in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.
By joining the Trustee Board, you will be supporting the Woodworks Project in implementing its 3-year Business Plan, as well as providing strategic guidance and advice to the senior staff. The 3-year Business Plan was signed off at the end of last year, and serves as The Woodworks Project's key milestones towards achieving financial sustainability, growth to support more vulnerable people as well as organisational maturity. The Business Plan is pivotal in the success of The Woodworks Project, and the trustees are instrumental in helping the charity to achieve its objectives.
The trustees' duties include:
With your co-trustees, make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term;
The Woodworks Project is in particular need of individuals with experience in finance, HR or marketing to provide guidance and expertise in relation to a number of work streams underway to implement the Business Plan, including, but not limited to, improved social media presence, roll-out of an online shop, research and development of new income streams and development of a permanent workshop location.
What are we looking for?
We are seeking enthusiastic, committed and experienced trustees, particularly with a background in finance, HR or marketing. The right candidate will be an excellent communicator, organised and prepared to be hands-on with the organisation.
The right candidate will be someone who will enjoy the flat-hierarchy and the challenges of creating a new type of organisation, working collaboratively with the staff and founders to develop and implement the organisation’s next three year plan.
Trustees should ideally have a common sense approach, understanding the limitations of a small organisation whilst cultivating an ambitious but realistic strategy. A local knowledge and network with businesses and/or charities within Bath would also be greatly desirable.
Preferably, but not a necessity, candidates will have an interest in traditional trade-skills, especially upholstery or cabinet making.
Ideally, trustees will be based in or near Bath, however, the organisation is very much open to applications from further afield and is willing to adopt Skype or teleconferencing for the right person.
What difference will you make?
The current Board of Trustees is a relatively new team, but enthusiastic and driven to helping the Woodworks Project to achieve its three year targets, and beyond. The organisation recognises that it needs to widen the skill-set on the Board, as well as replace the previous Treasurer. As such, joining the board will have a huge impact on the organisation and, by extension, its many beneficiaries. You will have the opportunity to guide and influence the strategy of the organisation, as well as support the Board of Trustees in making robust strategic decisions from the ground up.
This is a very hands-on Board of Trustees, and consequently, the trustees have the opportunity to make a real difference to the sustainability of a small charity.
What's in it for the volunteer?
This is an opportunity to work with an organisation which assists a huge variety of vulnerable individuals. You will play a key role in growing the organisation so that many more can benefit from the peace of mind, the training, the confidence and the satisfaction cultivated through learning and practicing traditional trade skills. You will work with a passionate and friendly team who love what they do and who are committed to their trades and to the vulnerable people they work with. In particular, trustees will have the opportunity to guide and influence the various work streams underway to implement the strategic business plan and build a future-proofed charity.
A few more details
The Woodworks Project is going through a considerable period of transition; as such the trustees need to be prepared to be hands-on with the organisation. Currently, the Trustees meet bi-monthly and there are a number of work streams underway, including new premises development, staffing restructures and income generation projects. The trustees will need to be prepared to have at least a working knowledge of the various work streams as well as working directly with senior staff to realise the various changes underway.
Application is by CV and cover 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.