This is an exciting opportunity to join a successful charity to help develop services and opportunities even further.
True Colours Theatre became a CIO (Charity Number 1192136) in November 2020 after converting from a CIC and has 10 trustees on our management committee. Prompted by our founder members personal experiences of caring for young people with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities, and the lack of theatre provision for this section of our community, we started providing inclusive theatre and performing-arts classes targeted at a wide range of children and young people who experience these disadvantages and have quickly become well established in the local community. Over the last 12 months we have supported 180 children between aged between 3 and 25 in North and South Tyneside through either free, low-cost or grant-subsidised theatre and performing arts sessions, and an additional 800 children in class environments through partnership working with other local charities and organisations and have been successful in securing a number of grants and donations from local and national funders to help cover these costs in the last 12 months.
Our young people access our services by being sign posted to us from several statutory agencies, as well as direct contact from parent/carers, We support families and siblings through planned weekly social activities, and offer inclusive school holiday provision throughout the year. Over 99% of our beneficiaries have additional needs and/or disabilities, with many experiencing sensory disorders or are on the autistic spectrum, with the majority also experiencing communication difficulties. Some children are also non-verbal, whilst others experience physical disabilities and mobility impairments, and other beneficiaries suffer from behavioural difficulties Several children attending our classes also live in areas within the top 5% on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation. Additionally, these children experience low levels of confidence and self-belief as a result of not being able to express themselves and develop their social skills in an inclusive environment with other children. Performing arts particularly benefits people with additional needs by giving an outlet to explore emotions and feelings. The work we do within class sessions gives structure and meaning to those feelings and helps beneficiaries process and understand their feelings which can help manage extreme emotional responses (often referred to as ‘meltdowns’) We have been recognised for our ability to meet the needs of our members, and those of the wider community by being awarded the North Tyneside Council's Spirit of North Tyneside award, The Sense award for Community Partner of the Year, as well as being shortlisted from 50000 nominations to become finalists in the ITV National Diversity Awards.
We are now looking for a dedicated person to join our trustee team to bring new insight and fresh ideas to the existing board.
About True Colours Theatre
We offer inclusive performing arts classes to children and young people. The majority of our members have additional needs and/or disabilities. Other young people have experienced domestic abuse, have anxiety conditions, or suffer from low self confidence. We also have members that are part of the LGBTQ community and our teaching staff also offer palliative care visits to hospital and respite settings.
What skills do I need?
Experience in SEND, and the challenges faced by many young people with additional needs and disabilities would be helpful, and to champion inclusion and diversity within their role.
It is important that the you are able to dedicate the time needed to the role and attend board meetings and AGMs.
An interest in I.T and social media would be useful, and have the ability to share ideas and think creatively.
To engage the Chief Executive Officer, determine performance standards, and evaluate performance on an annual basis and to review and approve.
- Age restrictions
- Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
- DBS check required
- Expenses reimbursed
Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with our finance policy.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Training provided
Safeguarding training will be provided
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
The role requires the applicant to be available for Trustee meetings 6 times a year, and the AGM annually. We require a trustee to take on an active role within the charity,
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