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Youth Counselling charity seeking Trustees with financial, fundraising, clinical or legal experience

Off The Record Croydon
CR0 2PR, Croydon
Unpaid Voluntary Role
Closing date
17 Feb 2024

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Charity and not for profit
Salary band
Part Time
Where will they be working?
Hybrid - mostly office

Off the Record is a well-established and respected support agency for children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Founded in 1994, OTR supports young people aged 11-25 in Croydon, Sutton and Merton.

What will you be doing?

We are currently looking for new Trustees with a fund-raising ability, legal expertise, financial expertise and with experience of working within the mental health field.


Key Skills: financial acumen, analytical skills, communication, attention to detail, integrity and trustworthiness, strategic thinking, team collaborations, problem-solving, adaptability and time management. 

Fundraising and Bid Writing:

Key Skills: communication, research, strategic thinking, creativity, relationship building, Results-oriented, financial acumen


Key Skills: clinical, safeguarding knowledge, leadership, communication, collaboration, advocacy, problem-solving, cultural competence, empathy, continuous learning.


Key skills: legal expertise, analytical thinking, contract review, compliance management, risk management, communication, ethical decision-making, problem-solving, attention to detail. 

Note: this role is not suitable for a short-term work placement or apprenticeship

What are we looking for?

Person specification :

  • Finance, clinical, legal and fundraising expertise with a minimum of three years of experience in the relevant field.
  • Interest in mental health issues affecting children and young people and the communities where we operate.
  • Commitment to the charity’s objectives, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • Strategic and forward-looking vision in relation to the charity’s objectives and aims. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for mental health advocacy and community well-being.

We invite applications from young individuals, and we strongly encourage representation from minority groups to enhance diversity on our Trustee Board.

We are actively working to broaden the Board's composition to better reflect the Croydon, Merton, and Sutton communities.

Your unique perspectives are crucial to our commitment to inclusivity and community representation.

What difference will you make?

Your role as a Trustee is a key element for our strategic plans to come to fruition. Your skills and expertise will help Off the Record to continue providing its invaluable mental health services to the children and young people in our community and expand our services to reach those who need our support.

What is in it for the volunteer?

You will join a friendly and dynamic organisation, where the mental health of young people from our local area is at the heart of our mission. We are a well-established local organisation with a powerful reputation in this area. Your involvement as a Trustee will allow you to highlight your skills and experience for the benefit of vulnerable young adults and children. We will organise for you to attend a training workshop in Governance at the beginning of your time with us.

Time commitment:

The Board meets five times a year, collaborating with the Directors to oversee the strategic direction of the organisation as well as taking care of the Charity’s financial, legal and employment responsibilities. These in-person meetings are held in Croydon on Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:30. Additionally, trustees are encouraged to participate in two Charity days annually, held on Saturdays, where all staff get together (10:00 to 16:00 in April and October).

Some ad-hoc communications via email/telephone/Teams as required i.e., working on specific projects related to the trustees’ area of expertise. We estimate that this could be 3 – 6 hours a month. 

Before you apply

Please provide a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this role and your relevant experience along with your CV.

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