Carers Support Centre
Contract Type: 
Part Time
about 20 hours a year
Contract Details: 
Details of Role: 

Hours: Minimum of 6 board meetings per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each) and 4 finance sub-committees per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each).  Currently via Zoom or MS Teams

Every trustee is expected to join at least one sub-committee 

Location: Bristol

Carers Support Centre (CSC) is a Bristol based independent registered charity, established in 1997. We are a network partner of Carers Trust and have gained the Carers Trust quality mark as a centre of Excellence. CSC provides services to carers of all ages in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. These include a confidential telephone information and advice line, carers’ magazine, Carers Emergency Card, one-to-one casework support, carers’ groups, time-out activities, carers breaks and training. We also work to identify carers in hospital and GP settings through a specific team. More information can be found on our website

This is an exciting time to be involved in the governance and development of CSC and the Board of Trustees play a pivotal role in this. Having recently said goodbye to some longstanding members of the Board, we have been reviewing and refreshing the membership. We are looking to expand the number of trustees on our Board and are keen to hear from people who might expand the skills and experience of our body of trustees for the benefit of CSC. If you have skills and experience you feel will be beneficial to our organisation and the people we serve, do get in touch, especially if you have knowledge of the following:

human resources 
previous work in the charity sector
organisational development
legal experience
policy development

(CSC does have an agreement with a provider of HR services and legal support as required, so it would not be expected that a trustee would need to be solely relied on for this type of expertise)

CSC trustees are all unpaid volunteers, however we are able to reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.  We also have an annual Board away day that Chair and trustees would be encouraged to attend.

Trustees are elected to serve for a three year period. Trustees can serve for a maximum of period of 2 terms (ie 6 years).

All Trustees must demonstrate:

1. A commitment to the organisation and its cause, demonstrating an understanding of the role of unpaid/family carers and the impact of this.
2. A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
3. Strategic vision.
4. Good, independent judgment.
5. An ability to think creatively.
6. A willingness to speak their mind.
7. An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
8. An ability to work effectively as a member of a team. 

Closing Date:  Sunday 27th September (midnight)

Closing Date: 
Sunday, 27 September, 2020 - 23:45
How to Apply: 

So, if you are interested in helping carers get more out of life and are ready to join our dynamic and committed team here at CSC, please contact Chair of Trustees, Mary Whittington  for further information and the role description.

Contact Person: 
Mary Whittington
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
0117 939 2562
Postal Address: 
Carers Support Centre Vassall Centre Gill Avenue, Fishponds Bristol BS16 2QQ