Be the Change by Supporting Local Counselling Services
Are you interested in bringing Quality Low-Cost Counselling to Communities? Would You Like to Bring Your Governance Skills to Support the MHCPC?
The Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling is based in North London and has provided counselling services to the local community for over 30 years.
As a charity, we have supported and assisted individuals on low incomes to have access to affordable, long term psychodynamic counselling which is not widely available elsewhere. We run a BACP and BPC accredited training programme to promote personal development and growth, whilst supporting communities through the provision of further qualified counsellors providing talking therapy.
The pandemic has created further stressors on individuals and communities, which means that more than ever, our services are needed. With finite resources, we need to ensure that these resources provide maximum impact in communities, whilst trustees look towards generating further income sources for the charity. These are testing times, which means that we are looking to build a range of skills within our trustee board to support the charitable work we do in providing low-cost quality counselling services.
We are therefore looking to initially recruit 4 new trustees to the MHCPC charity. We are looking for trustees with financial, fundraising, marketing and secretarial skills.
If you have experience and skills in any of these four areas outlined, whether in the public or private sectors, and if you have an interest in supporting the provision of counselling services to local communities, why don’t you consider applying?
Applications should include a covering letter and CV.
Interviews will be arranged via Zoom upon successful application.
The role of the Trustee is to work in partnership with other Trustees and the Board of Management, helping them to achieve the aims of the organisation.
General Responsibilities of a Trustee
A Trustee has the following general responsibilities:
- Ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuing its objectives.
- Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
- Declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a Trustee.
- Be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other Trustees.
- Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
- Attend meetings and read papers in advance of meetings.
- Attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate. Participate in other tasks as they arise from time to time, such as helping with fundraising.
- Keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work.
- The Board meets at least four times a year.
- It is important that the Trustee is able to visit the organisation’s office and be available to the Board of Management on a regular basis.
- In addition to Board Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary.
Qualities of a Trustee
- Commitment to the organisation.
- Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement.
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee.
- Ability to make decisions for the good of the organisation.
- Good, independent judgement.
- Good communication skills.
- Willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others. An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a Trustee.
- Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
- Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
- A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.