SLOW, a charity supporting bereaved families, is seeking trustees with strategic planning experience and compliance / charity law experience to move the organisation to the next level
Based in London, SLOW (Surviving the Loss of Your World) has offered emotional and practical support for over thirteen years to bereaved families that have lost a child in any circumstances. Our unique approach to working with parents and siblings is highly regarded by our members and professionals and we have won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for volunteer groups.
Our work is centred around regular support groups for bereaved parents and quarterly creative workshops for bereaved siblings. Over the years SLOW has helped numerous bereaved parents by enabling them to share their experiences and our members regularly refer to our groups as a ‘lifeline’. Our model of bereavement support is unique in London and is a direct response to what bereaved parents have told us they need.
SLOW is a registered charity with an income of currently circa £70k each year. We have a strong group of six trustees, some of whom have been in post since the charity’s inception and others appointed more recently following a review, skills and needs audit. Each year two trustees step down but are eligible for re-election.
The charity has a stable resource base with a range of income sources - some annual, some on 3-year commitments and other funding resulting from planned and targeted approaches. The organisation has expanded from two part time to five part time sessional group facilitators and has a strong voluntary commitment - some volunteers acting as group facilitators and others supporting organisational work or the maintenance of the groups. More information, including annual reports, accounts and details of trustees can be seen on the SLOW website – slowgroup.co.uk.
ABOUT THE ROLES
SLOW is seeking individuals with skills and experience in the following areas:
- Strategic planning and charity development
- Charity law and compliance
The trustees would assist with the development of SLOW’s strategic plan and vision and help increase the charity’s impact and influence. There is the opportunity for one of the trustees to move into the Chair of Trustee’s role later down the line. The applicants should be committed to helping bereaved families and have significant governance experience.
- To ensure that SLOW complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
- To ensure that the charity applies its resources to pursue the objectives outlined in the Constitution.
- To contribute actively to the board of trustees in giving firm strategic direction to SLOW, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- To safeguard the good name and values of the charity.
- To ensure the effective and efficient administration and financial stability of the charity.
- Strategic vision and ability to think creatively.
- Good, independent judgement.
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Experience of committee work and governance of a small charity.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- An understanding of bereavement and/or social and health care systems.
There are currently four Trustee Board meetings a year, plus a strategy away day. These are usually held in Islington, North London.
The post is unremunerated, though reasonable travel expenses will be covered.
Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages describing your interest in, and suitability for, this role to [email protected]
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the current Chair and members of the Trustee Board, in person or via video conferencing, as the situation allows.
The deadline for applications is 31st August 2020.
SLOW is committed to inclusively and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. We encourage applications from people who have an interest and understanding of bereavement and mental health. This role is subject to a DBS.
SLOW – Surviving the Loss of Your World Registered Charity 1161337
All Other Correspondence: SLOW, 11 Donovan Avenue, London, N10 2JU
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