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Volunteer Trustee wanted for mental health and learning disability charity

Phoenix Enterprises (Swindon) Limited


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join a small energetic Board passionate about improving the employability of neurodiverse people. Each year we provide a vital safety net for over 100 vulnerable adults in Swindon with mental health issues and learning disabilities.


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Swindon, SN2 8EJ

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

Thank you for your interest in Phoenix Enterprises; we’re passionate in our mission to support people living with mental health issues and learning disabilities in Swindon. We are a small, friendly charity, with big impact. We are looking to recruit a trustee to join our Board, a voluntary position which offers so much. Whilst the position is unpaid, you will feel the rewards of being part of a charity that is making a real difference. We are committed to our objective of building the employability skills of our service users. In the UK only 48% of people with mental health problems, and 17.6% of people with severe learning difficulties, are in employment, versus the national 75%. Mental health issues and learning disabilities can be financially debilitating and very isolating. In addition, those living with mental health problems often face complex and challenging issues ranging from wellbeing, managing the benefits system and finding accommodation. Good work and the right help make all the difference, and that’s what Phoenix is all about. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance, strategic direction and business continuity of the charity, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the Governing Document and legal and regulatory guidelines. Taking our responsibilities seriously requires a meaningful commitment and the ability to work as part of a small, friendly team. Trustees bring different skills, experiences and perspectives, all really important and valuable in our work, ensuring a healthy approach and objective discourse. We are looking for a trustee with strategy development, planning and general management experience. Applications for this trustee role are invited from people who are based in or near to Swindon who would like to join our Board and have the capacity to be involved in our work. Trustees are expected to be able to attend the Board meetings and have the time to make an effective contribution to our work. Typically, there are 4 meetings per year. Occasional additional support will be valued for example at meetings with key stakeholders such as grant assessors and Swindon Borough Council. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities we serve, particularly those with experience of living with mental health issues or disabilities. We look forward to hearing from people who can bring a new perspective and fresh ideas to inform our thinking.

What are we looking for?

Leadership experience including strategy development and planning alongside general or operations management A commitment to the charity’s vision An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee Good independent judgement A willingness to speak their mind An ability to work effectively as a member of a team

Most importantly, we are looking for energy, enthusiasm and commitment. We welcome applications from people with lived experience of disability or mental health, either personally or as carers and advocates.

What difference will you make?

As part of our board you will support and shape our work and strategic direction. Trustees are encouraged to engage with our service users from time to time to find out more about the impact of our work and so the service users know more about them. They are also encouraged to join at least one social event a year and do what they can to support the fundraising endeavours.


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