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Axis Supported Living
LS12 4JW, Leeds
Unpaid Voluntary Role
Closing date
16 Jun 2023

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Charity and not for profit, Crime, Housing and homelessness
Salary band
Contract type
Long term role
Part Time
Where will they be working?
Hybrid - mostly office

A Housing Charity working with ex-offenders to break the revolving door of homelessness and prison. Trustees will use their knowledge, experience and skills in an environment they may not have previously encountered.  

What will you be doing?

Trustees meet quarterly with the Senior Management Team (SMT) at the Charity offices to monitor activities, finances and development of the organisation, giving advice to the SMT and making such decisions as required to ensure the organisation is acting appropriately and within Charity Commission regulations. 

The Organisation has grown rapidly and it is essential that the Board of Trustees develops to meet the broad needs of this Charity. 

New Trustees will contribute to the stability and support, advice and opportunity that the Charity provides to enable vulnerable ex-offenders to do things differently and by offering their experience and specialist knowledge in the areas identified will add depth and breadth to the existing Board of Trustees.

Additional time and specialist advice given as and when required, will enable the SMT to respond effectively to new challenges and external changes as they occur whilst the SMT concentrate on the day to day work of the Charity and its staff.   

New Trustees must want to make a difference to individual lives and wider society by supporting the SMT and staff to help those vulnerable ex-offenders with very specific and high risk offending histories, who are being released from long or repeated prison sentences, to believe that they can live positive fulfilling lifestyles.  It is essential that Trustees are able to view our service users with an open mind.

What are we looking for?

New Trustees are being sought with experience of Accounting and Auditing, Housing and Private Letting Legislation, accessing Funding opportunities, Police or Probation work, Mental Health or Substance misuse fields.  

It is vital that new Trustees have an affinity with the aims of the Charity and appreciate the value of giving individuals a chance to change their future and leave their offending lifestyle behind and the important role that stable accommodation plays in enabling individuals to turn their goals into reality. 

Not all skills need to be specialist and an understanding of the barriers to housing, employment and stable relationships that many disadvantaged or vulnerable people in society face on a day to day basis is helpful.   

Being able to work within a small team and provide good interpersonal, supportive and positive contributions is important.

If you feel you have valuable experience and skills to contribute and would like a new challenge, we'd love to hear from you.

What difference will you make?

The development and success of the organisation needs to be supported by maintaining the number of trustees and the range of expertise available to provide effective and sustainable governance going forward.  In an environment where government policies and funding strategies are vulnerable to change, a robust Board of Trustees will help to maintain the Charity's ability to provide and sustain an effective service. 

This will thereby continue to increase the availability of stable accommodation with support; service user's ability to secure and maintain stable employment; build new relationships and increase access to healthcare and wellbeing support.  As a result this can lead to reduced re-offending, reduced prison population and cost to the tax payer and therefore has potential to reduce the impact of offending on victims; families and children of both victims and perpetrators and local communities.

Before you apply

Previous experience of Charity Governance would be useful but not necessary.  Please contact us via Reach with any questions you may have and we will be pleased to have a discussion about the opportunity on offer.

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