Trustee

Cambridgeshire

Blue Smile

Blue Smile's mission is to transform the mental health and life chances of Cambridgeshire children through arts-based therapies. We are looking to recruit up to three trustees to join our board.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Blue Smile's mission is to improve the mental wellbeing and prospects of Cambridgeshire children through expert arts-based therapies. The charity has well over 60 clinical workers in teams and as individuals in schools in Cambridgeshire giving vital therapy and mentoring to emotionally troubled children.

TRUSTEE/S:  BLUE SMILE CAMBRIDGE

Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses reimbursed)

Location:  Trustee meetings currently take place mainly online but attendance at Blue Smile offices in Central Cambridge, or other locations where we work, may be required from time to time

Commitment: Six meetings a year of the Trustee Board (usually on a weekday evening).  Trustees are also represented on subcommittees and advisory groups which report to the Board.  There are currently three such committees and groups:  Remuneration and Finance Committee, Clinical and Ethics Committee and Fundraising Advisory Group. Trustees may also offer support with projects and events as required and as their time allows.

Blue Smile’s mission and purpose

Blue Smile's mission is to transform the mental health and life chances of Cambridgeshire children through arts-based therapies.  We help over 200 children a week to be happier and have brighter futures.  We work with schools in Cambridge and the region providing children with one-to-one therapy.  We also directly support both schools and parents to help their children through our extensive Menu of Services.  We work in particular, in accordance with our charitable aims, with those who face disadvantage or deprivation.

The charity has over 70 clinical experts working with us.  Our office team supply essential management and administrative support to this clinical work. 

Safeguarding is central to all Blue Smile activities, and we recognise that the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk, is paramount and that all have equal rights of protection. We have a duty of care when they are in our charge, and we will do everything we can to provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our activities.

Recruitment of new Trustees

The Board currently consists of six Trustees, and we are looking to recruit up to three more. 

This is an exciting time to be joining Blue Smile as we implement our Strategy for 2021-23.  Building on our excellent reputation for high quality, specialised work with young children, we want to develop our services and evaluation, invest in new IT systems, and grow our service to meet a growing need for child mental health support in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.   We also want to increase reach through additional services which impact the whole school community.

You will be joining a friendly, committed, and active Board and induction and training will be provided.

Person specification

You will be committed to the aims and objectives of the charity and share our passion for ensuring that every child has the chance to thrive.

You will be prepared to work as part of a team, engage with the detail of policies and financial information, bring your views to the table, offer challenge and support to other trustees and to the executive team and be committed to always acting fairly and in the best interests of the charity.

Knowledge of the charity sector, the education sector or statutory child and family services would be an advantage.

We are particularly keen to hear from people with knowledge of the following areas:

·         Communications and/or marketing

·         Research and evaluation

·         Clinical practice

·         Developing IT systems and tools

We are committed to a diversity of voices in our organisation.  We welcome applications from all backgrounds.  We would encourage younger people to consider applying – you do not need to have held a trustee or similar role before.  We would also love to hear from you if you are from an under-represented groups at Blue Smile such as individuals from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQI+ people and people with a disability, or if you have experience of child and family statutory services in your own personal life.

Blue Smile is committed to safer recruitment and trustees will be expected to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Role of Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for appointing and overseeing the work of the Charity Director, making key decisions about the charity, and ensuring it is run appropriately and in compliance with the law and good governance.  The Trustees must ensure the charity carries out its purposes for the public benefit.  They must act in the charity’s best interest, manage its resources responsibly, act with reasonable care and skill and ensure the charity is accountable.

More detail on the role of trustees can be found at gov.uk

Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Trustees of Blue Smile are also company Directors as Blue Smile is set up as a limited company.

Don’t worry – we will provide the support and training you need to be a trustee.

Supporting documents

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