Trustee

Organisation
Freeways
Location
Abbots Leigh, Bristol
Salary
Volunteer - reimbursed reasonable travel expenses.  
Posted
01 Jul 2022
Closes
31 Jul 2022
Where will they be working?
Hybrid - mostly home
Salary band
Unremunerated
Contract type
Volunteer
Hours
Part Time

Freeways and Freeways Trust, as part of their business plan for expansion, have an exciting opportunity for new trustees to join our Board/s based at Abbots Leigh, Bristol.  This is a voluntary role and will require commitment for approximately 8 hours each month.
 

About us:
Freeways is a local charity that supports adults with learning disabilities. We are a highly regarded provider of supported living services and residential care. The aim of our services is to support people to become as independent as possible by helping them make choices, learn new skills and make links with their local community.  We fundamentally believe that all individuals should be treated with respect and supported to be valued members of our communities irrespective of their ability.  
Freeways Trust own, manage and maintain the majority of properties that Freeways use. 
 

The role of Trustee:
Trustees will work with one or both of our charities; Freeways and Freeways Trust.  The trustee role is a voluntary position that helps oversee the running of the charities. As part of the Board of Trustees you will provide sound governance, strategic oversight, guidance and support to further the charitable aims and objectives.  See role description for further details.  

We are looking for a range of skills and experience including (but not limited to):

  • Finance (at a senior management/director level)
  • Business development
  • Property development and/or construction
  • IT/systems
  • Marketing/PR/communications
  • Care or health sector experience (including psychology/psychiatry)
  • Commissioning experience
  • Local government experience (including social work)
  • Charity sector experience

Other skills and abilities we are looking for in our Trustee:

  • A commitment to the charities and their business aims.
  • A commitment to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Good, independent judgment and decision-making skills.
  • An ability to think creatively.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • A commitment to Freeways values.

In return for your commitment, as a Trustee you will have the opportunity to:

  • Make a positive difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities.
  • Extend your network and enhance your influencing and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate your leadership skills to future employers.
  • Work alongside highly experienced board professionals.
  • Receive training and development in areas such as governance, leadership and safeguarding.
  • Benefit from a tailored induction.
  • Be reimbursed reasonable travel expenses.  

We are looking to increase the diversity of the Trustees, in particular but not limited to age, ethnicity and disability.  To support working applicants the Trustee meetings are held every two months via zoom in the early evenings.  There may be a requirement to provide some additional support outside these meetings which can also be done virtually and should not exceed more than 8 hours per month.  

Closing date: 31 July 2022
Initial interview date: week commencing 15 August 2022 (we can be flexible due to holiday commitments)

Freeways is committed to promoting equal opportunities and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

All trustees must complete a range of statutory and regulatory background checks including enhanced DBS with Adults Barred List check.
For more information about Freeways and the valuable work we do, please visit our website.    
If you have the requirements listed to become our Trustee, please click ‘apply’ today. We would love to hear from you!

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