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Trustee Vacancies

Scotswood Garden seeks new Chair and Treasurer

Scotswood Garden is seeking a new chair and treasurer to join their existing team of six trustees. They’re particulary keen to find people who share their purpose and values, who are commited to community and people, and are creative, enterprising and brave.

Scotswood Garden aims to promote learning about nature, the environment and sustainable living, whilst having a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

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Citizens Advice North Tyneside

North Tyneside Citizens Advice is a registered charity with a Board of Trustee Directors, who help oversee the running of the charity and decide on future strategy and priorities.

Although some of the Trustee roles require specific skills, they welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. As the Board of Trustees tends to meet in the evenings, this role could well fit with other full-time employment or responsibilities. If you would like to play a central role in a well-known and respected charity, this volunteer role might be just what you’re looking for.

See existing board of trustees here.

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Walking With in North Tyneside: Volunteer Trustee

Walking With in North Tyneside supports asylum seekers, refugees and other members of the local community in North Tyneside with a clear focus at present on Wallsend. Based currently in Wallsend centre. They provide a food bank, clothing bank and targeted support for asylum seekers, those seeking refugee status and members of the community in need. Having been in operation for 18 years, the organisation is supported by a wide range of bodies, including local churches, schools, community groups and individuals. There is a team of dedicated volunteers who work directly with the clients, particularly during open house sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. They also provide craft sessions, a conversation café and English lessons, all delivered by the volunteer team. There is always a warm welcome to anyone to join this team.

Walking With is managed by a full time manager who reports to the Board of Trustees. They are seeking two/three individuals to complement the team by becoming volunteer trustees to share in the overall management, oversight and development of the organisation. The board meets formally up to six times per annum with the opportunity to attend open house sessions, development groups and training opportunities as appropriate. Trustees are also encouraged to take specific responsibility for oversight of a particular aspect of our work, e.g. safeguarding, volunteer support, financial monitoring. This is a particularly exciting time to join the organisation as they are currently are seeking to expand our provision, increase our overall volunteer team across the piece and generally to increase the scope of their operation substantially. They therefore seek trustees who can contribute to this development, who are energetic, optimistic and flexible. Induction and training are given.

What skills do I need?

Individuals who offer financial, administrative, organisational, fundraising, analytical and technical skills. However, a genuine appreciation of the needs of the client group, a willingness to learn how this group is best supported and a shared conviction that together Walking With can make a real and enduring difference in the lives of those who turn to them for help is of prime importance. If this is an area which interest you, and to which you feel you could contribute meaningfully, then they would love to speak with you. Learn more by visiting the Walking With website.

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Rising Sun Farm seeking new Trustees

The Rising Sun Farm Trust manages a 70.8 hectares (175 acres) farm within the Rising Sun Country Park, which includes pigs, poultry, sheep, a livery, food house & bakery and day care centre (a centre for adults with learning difficulties). The surplus generated from the farming activities goes back to the Trust for investment into the farm for the benefit of the local community and to ensure the long term stability of the farm and its Trust. A partnership arrangement exists between the Trust and North Tyneside Council with a view to managing the entire country park in a joined up and coherent approach.

The farm and country park are free and open to all. There are self-led walking trails and the country park’s Countryside Centre contains a restaurant. Fresh home-grown produce can be purchased at the farm.

The Trust promotes information and educational activities on horticulture and livestock production, provides advice and support on the growing and cooking of healthy foods and provides a welcoming and engaging environment for leisure and recreation activities for local residents.The Trust aims to provide a thriving, high quality, working farm providing opportunities and resources for education, learning, recreation and participation for the community of North Tyneside.

Trustee Responsibilities:

  • To oversee the management of the Trust’s commercial Trading Company
  • To ensure the Trust is meeting its charitable objectives
  • To comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
  • To act in the charity’s best interests
  • To manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • To act with reasonable care and skill
  • To ensure the charity is accountable
  • To reduce the risk of liability

Main duties:

  • To attend quarterly trustee meetings

Commitment:

  • Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Rising Sun Farm prior to their first board meeting.
  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings, which are held four times a year.

What skills do I need?

You don’t need to have any specific skills or experiences to apply for this role, however all trustees must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of the Farm Trust
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • integrity
  • 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 and to take decisions for the good of the Trust

The Trust is keen to hear from people who have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • management
  • accounting
  • HR
  • charity governance

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Baby Equipment Loan Service: Management Committee Advisor

The Baby Loan and Equipment Service is looking for some to join the management committee as an “Advisor” for 6-12 months, following this the possibility of becoming a Trustee of the charity. The role involves governance, fundraising, development and recruitment of volunteers and staff. The advisor may be requested to work within a sub-group on particular pieces of work and they would then report back to full committee.

About Baby Equipment Loan Service and Toy Library

Aim:

  • To support families and children in North Tyneside by supplying essential baby/safety equipment and by facilitating a toy library.

Activities:

  • A service hiring at low cost baby/safety equipment to families on low income or benefits residing in North Tyneside.
  • A toy library for any child in North Tyneside 0-15 years. There is a small annual membership fee to join the toy library then toys are borrowed on a monthly basis.
  • Staff can organise stay and play sessions to other groups in North Tyneside.
  • Staff facilitate a weekly toddler group at our base in Howdon Community Centre.
  • Offers an outreach service to isolated areas within the borough.

What skills do I need?

  • A commitment to attend regular bi-monthly meetings and sub-groups as required.
  • Undertake relevant training in the ethos and the policies of the Project
  • Enthusiastically assist in the promotion of the service.

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North Tyneside Learning Trust: School Governors

North Tyneside Learning Trust, an initiative aimed at improving the education and life chances of young people in North Tyneside, is seeking enthusiastic and committed volunteers to appoint to the governing bodies of some of the borough’s schools. A registered charity, the North Tyneside Learning Trust appoints two governors to each of the 43 separate local schools, and currently has several vacancies across primary, secondary and special schools.

Trust Governors have a broad range of different skills and expertise and the Trust is particularly keen to hear from individuals with finance, HR, property and facilities management backgrounds. If you are interested, or for further information please contact Jacqui Sugden at jacqui.sugden@ntlearningtrust.org.uk for an informal chat.

Trust Governor Application form

The Role of Trust Governor

Current vacancies

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Trustee Vacancy with North Tyneside VODA

Could you give a couple of hours per month to help support volunteers and community organisations to change lives in North Tyneside?

VODA believes in the power of volunteers and community organisations to change people’s lives for the better. A vibrant Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) helps makes North Tyneside a great place to live, work and visit. Local voluntary organisations work with some of our most marginalised communities, providing services that are responsive, innovative and user-led. The work of these organisations makes a significant contribution to key priorities such as health and wellbeing, democracy, the environment, employability and tackling loneliness.

VODA is an independent charity that supports over 300 VCS organisations across North Tyneside to maximise their impact by offering:

  • A range of free core services such as funding advice and volunteer recruitment
  • A vibrant programme of volunteering and social action programmes
  • Payroll and accountancy services
  • Opportunities for the VCS  to be involved in key decision-making forums
  • Mutually beneficial cross-sector partnerships

We currently have an elected Board of Trustees who meet on a bi-monthly basis (currently on a Tuesday afternoon) to shape the vision for our organisation,  ensuring we have a clear strategy, remains true to our vision and values, and that we comply with all necessary rules and legal obligations. Trustees are also welcome to attend our bi-monthly Finance Sub Group and our Annual General Meeting. On average we would expect Trustees to commit a couple of hours per month to this role. No previous experience is necessary. Induction, training and support is readily available from VODA staff and fellow-Trustees.

Becoming a Trustee is not only a great way to give back to your local community, but also provides an opportunity for you to develop your management and leadership skills and gain experience that can help you progress your professional career. It also allows you to gain new experiences and meet some fascinating people who you wouldn’t necessarily come across in other circumstances. You get the opportunity to attend events and develop working relationships with other professionals.

For more information about this role please contact our Chief Executive Robin Fry who will be happy to arrange an informal meeting to discuss things further.

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Dyslexia North East

Dyslexia North East – a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee which aims to support families with dyslexia, including adults and children, to enable them to achieve their full potential. Dyslexia North East seeks to promote knowledge, skills and understanding of dyslexia across the Community in Schools, Colleges and Businesses. They are seeking two new trustees:

  1. A trustee to help write funding bids and seek new donors. Must be degree educated with fundraising experience.
  2. A trustee to help and support teachers and train volunteers. Must be degree educated with a teaching qualification. AMBDA or similar. Knowledge of dyslexia.

The charity is looking for Trustees who are outward-looking and who understand about the importance of helping people with dyslexia and their families, and to improve their life opportunities in the community and the workplace.

Trustee meetings are held once a month at Royal Grammar Junior School, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RX.

If you are interested, please contact Dyslexia North East at their Office base in Meadow Well Connected, Waterville Road, North Shields NE29 6BA.

 

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Trustees Wanted at the Soundroom

The Soundroom is seeking trustees with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: youth work, human resources, finance and financial management, safeguarding, marketing, building maintenance. A passion for community work, an interest in music and a knowledge of the Gateshead area, particularly Teams and Bensham are also desirable.

Based in a converted 1930s local library building between the areas of Bensham and Teams in Gateshead, The Soundroom is a community music studio which offers music and arts activities for a range of participants. The programme includes drum therapy and music café sessions for adults with learning disabilities, after school performing arts sessions for children, weekly youth night sessions, tea dances for older people, holiday activities for children and volunteering opportunities. The Soundroom also provides affordable venue hire, rehearsal space and recording facilities for other community groups and the general public.

Trustees meet once a month, usually on a Monday night, for 2 hours. Trustees are expected to attend these meetings as well as The Soundroom’s AGM, which usually takes place instead of one of the Monday night meetings.

The duties of the trustees are to:

  • Ensure that The Soundroom complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that The Soundroom pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure The Soundroom applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • Contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to The Soundroom, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard the good name and values of The Soundroom
  • Ensure the financial stability of The Soundroom
  • Protect and manage the property of The Soundroom and ensure the proper investment of The Soundroom’s funds

Trustees are expected to have:

  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Integrity
  • 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 and to take decisions for the good of The Soundroom

To apply for the role of trustee please send your CV to thesoundroomcharity@hotmail.com along with a short cover letter explaining what skills and experience you could bring and why you’d like to be a trustee. Find out more here.

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