Trustee

Buckinghamshire

South Bucks Counselling

Our friendly team are looking for trustees for our counselling charity! Do you have professional experience in finance, marketing, strategy, or HR? Can you help guide the charity towards fulfilling our goals and annual plans?

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Who we are

South Bucks Counselling is a charity which has been practising in the heart of High Wycombe for over 30 years.

Many of us experience times during our life when we are feeling emotionally challenged. We struggle to cope and to make sense of our emotions and feelings. This might be triggered by grief, stress, relationship changes, anxiety or a number of other factors. Talking to someone about how we think and feel is important to finding the route through to rebalancing our minds.

We care about the work that we do and make sure that the service we offer is right for our clients delivered by the right people. Evidence has proven the relationship with a client’s counsellor is the key to success. We have a team of practitioners, and we will carefully select the therapist to suit the client's needs. This will provide the foundations for counselling.

 

Our friendly team are looking for trustees for our counselling charity!

 

If so we'd love you to join our team of trustees, helping strategically guide and advise our organisation.

 

This is a great opportunity to give something back and to add to your CV.

 

We’re working remotely and hosting trustee meetings through Zoom. So you can join us from anywhere in the country.

 

Why not come and join us?

Trustees attend between 6-10 meetings annually and work as a team to guide and direct the charity. With our adoption of virtual meetings, you can be anywhere with a strong internet connection.The trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing and supporting the organisations aims while ensuring we meet our legal and ethical obligations.Ensuring the charity carries out our purpose for the public benefitEnsuring compliance with the charity’s governing document and the lawAct in the charity’s best interestsManage the charity’s resources responsiblyAct with reasonable care and skillEnsure the charity is accountableMore detailed explanation of these can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved.Key RequirementsA commitment to the purpose and goals of South Bucks CounsellingIntegrity and honesty in all dealings with and on behalf of the agencyA willingness to work with other trustees, staff, counsellors and key stakeholdersAn understanding of and respect for the legal and regulatory framework in which we operateA commitment to strict confidentiality within the trustees and organisation where appropriateRolesTo help determine and progress the organisation towards our goals and purposeTo oversee sound management of our financial resourcesTo attend and actively participate in regular trustee meetings To assist in recruitment for the organisation, performance management, and workforce planningTo advise and assist in financial decisionsTo maintain strict confidentiality within the trustees and the organisation where appropriateTo provide candid and constructive criticism, advice, comments and praiseTo help ensure adequate funding and financial performance to allow for the agency’s existenceTo work with the other trustees to expand and grow the agency’s reachTo lead on areas such as safeguarding, fundraising, marketing where necessaryTo support the Chair of Trustees

Practical Considerations

This is a volunteer role where expenses are not paid. BackgroundIdeally those with professional skills are recruited.As per legal requirements you must be 18 or over to be a trustee.You must not act as a trustee if you are disqualified (this includes those who are disqualified from being a company director, those who are bankrupt or have an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA), have an unspent conviction for certain offences, have been removed previous as a trustee from a charity, or who are on the sex offenders’ register).An enhanced DBS check will need to be taken (at the charity’s expense) along with professional references.CommitmentTrustees meet 6-10 times a year, now using Zoom, generally for an evening or a weekend morning. Accountable toThe Chair of Trustees.

Closing date for applications

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

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