1. Speech and Language UK

Committee Volunteer


Do you care about the 1 in 5 children in the UK who have speech and language challenges?
Do you have 2-3 days per year free to volunteer?
Could you bring a fresh perspective to decisions at our growing charity?

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Who we are

We are Speech and Language UK – we want every child to face the future with confidence. For 1.7 million children in the UK, learning to talk and understand words feel like an impossible hurdle.

Without the right help, this can destroy their world. They feel disconnected from their family. Unable to make friends. Unfairly punished for not following instructions they don’t understand. What does the future hold for them?

The role

​Committee Volunteers read reports from staff about how the organisation is working at the moment and proposals for the future. Committees discuss and agree new internal policies, scrutinise new projects and help staff to think through what is changing for the organisation and what we might need to do differently. Each committee has a Terms of Reference that explains what areas of work that committee should look at.

Committee volunteers are part of either:

  • The Income and Engagement Committee, which meets three times a year on a weekday afternoon. It looks at our current fundraising and sales of our programmes to schools and nurseries. It also considers how well our communications are reaching key audiences like families and young people with speech and language challenges, schools and nurseries and politicians.
  • The Policy and Programme Development Committee, which meets three times a year on a weekday morning or afternoon. It looks at the impact of the tools and training we provide to schools and nurseries across the UK. It also looks at our work to change Government policy and what we can do to improve the political priority given to children with speech and language challenges.
  • The Finance and Audit Committee, which meets four times a year on a weekday afternoon. It looks at the proposed budget before it is agreed by the Board of Trustees and reviews how the organisation is performing financially during the year. It approves finance policies and procedures and our investment strategy as well as agreeing the accounts at the end of the year.
  • The Remuneration Committee, which meets twice per year, usually on a weekday afternoon and occasionally in the early evening. This currently looks at pay decisions for the organisation. We want to expand the scope of this committee to cover wider issues of recruitment, retention and good people management.

We would love to hear from you if you can bring some fresh thinking to these committees. We are particularly looking for people who:

  • Are a person of colour, LGBT, disabled, working class, under 35 years old or from the North, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland OR
  • Have family or personal experience of speech and language challenges OR
  • Have worked in: public affairs, fundraising, charity finance, IT, people management or health and safety

If you want to hear more, you can come to our online information session on: – Wednesday, 15th November 6pm – Friday, 17th November at 1pm (please find joining details in the candidate pack)

This will be a chance to meet with Speech and Language UK staff and trustees and ask questions about the charity and the committee volunteer role.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and appointment is dependent on two successful written references.

Supporting document(s)

  • cooptee-recruitment-pack.pdf - Download
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