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Reach Volunteering
Canterbury, Kent (GB)
Voluntary role
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

Job Details

Our Board needs new Trustees! We are looking for people with a background or experience of working with small charities, governance and social enterprises.

Catching Lives is an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn.

Our vision is of a society where all are included and all, no matter how disadvantaged, can make a contribution. Catching Lives works towards ending the harm caused to individuals and the community, by homelessness, rough sleeping and insecure housing. 

Why should you join us

Your role as Trustee is pivotal for achieving the strategic plans of our organisation. Our Trustees make sure that the charity deliver on its mission to end the harm caused by homelessness.

This is an opportunity to make an important contribution to a small community organisation that needs people with your skills and experience to continue providing its services to the most vulnerable individuals.

What will you be doing?

Trustees work collectively as a Board and take decisions at formal Board meetings. Once a decision has been collectively made all Trustees are bound to support that decision. The role of the Trustee is to provide excellent governance; operate at a strategic level; oversee the organisation and hold it to account. Trustees are responsible for setting the mission and direction of the organisation, ensuring its continuing success and sustainability.

Who we are looking for

We want the Board to reflect the people we work with and to have a range of different voices within it.

We know that diverse groups of people make better decisions and that’s why we are particularly keen to hear from underrepresented groups including: people from global majority backgrounds, LGBTQ+ people, people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, people with lived experience of homelessness and/or addiction either personally or through a close family member, non-graduates and first-in-family graduates.

  • We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our Board.
  • Knowledge and understanding of charity governance issues.
  • Understanding of, and respect for, confidentiality.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and positive approach.
  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as Trustees and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a Trustee.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Enthusiasm for our vision and mission.
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Time commitment

Estimated at 2-4 hours per month. In addition to Board Meetings, there is an annual away day and occasional training sessions.

How to apply

The TrusteeWorks Team at Reach Volunteering are supporting Catching Lives with their Trustee recruitment. Applications should be made via TrusteeWorks in the first instance.

To apply please send your CV/LinkedIn profile along with a supporting statement explaining why you are interested in the role, the skills and experience you will bring to the Board and what you would hope to get out of the role.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities.

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