Who we are
Borderline Support UK CIC is a national user-led community interest company which promotes the use of lived experience and peer support to be there for anyone affected in any way by BPD, enabling them to live their lives to the fullest. We believe that people experiencing mental distress because of their BPD can direct their own journey towards wellbeing and recovery, to live a full life with improved mental health.
We are seeking trustees including Chair and Treasurer, to contribute to a growing organisation at a time of change and development.
Being a trustee carries a lot of responsibility – it means making decisions that will impact on the people we supporter. It is also incredibly rewarding: you will be directly enabling our vision of ensuring everyone affected by BPD can get treatment and support when they need it most.
You’ll be making a real difference through applying your skills and networks to support and develop our work. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a growing organisation at a time of change and development.
You don’t need to have previous experience as a trustee to apply, we will provide you with all the knowledge you need.
You will have the opportunity to apply your skills and experience, as well as develop new skills and knowledge of the third sector through participating in the work of our Board. We currently meet monthly, with occasional additional meetings. However we can be flexible about the scheduling of Board meeting dates to ensure that those with personal and work commitments are able to attend.
The skills, experience and qualities that are needed from trustees
- A commitment and interest in the work of Borderline Support UK CIC, its vision, mission and values.
- A basic understanding of BPD and how it affects those living with it.
- Strategic thinking and independent judgement.
- An ability to think creatively.
- A willingness to speak your mind.
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to being an effective trustee including participation in training and development opportunities.
- Whilst you do not need previous trustee experience, you must be willing to build your understanding of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship and ensure that you meet these.
Additional requirements for the Chair of Trustees:
- Leadership skills.
- Experience of trusteeship or committee work.
- Tact and diplomacy.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.
Additional requirements for the Treasurer:
- Work experience in the field of finance/accountancy, with relevant qualifications.
- An understanding of budgets and of managing accounts.
- A knowledge of charity-specific financial matters such as grants, trusts and restricted funding – or the ability and willingness to learn about such matters.
- The ability to explain financial matters to people who don’t have specialist financial knowledge.
- The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
- Being willing to speak your mind and being prepared to make potentially unpopular recommendations to the Board.
We are particularly keen to hear from people with experience in: mental health, psychology, income generation, corporate and business sector, research, public affairs and policy.