1. The Chester Bluecoat Charity



The Chester Bluecoat Charity, the longest standing charity in Chester, is currently searching for inspirational individuals to join our board as a volunteer trustee to help steer the charity as it strives to raise the bar on its positive impact

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Who we are

The Chester Bluecoat Charity helps to tackle the causes of poverty, disadvantage and inequality across the city.

Based in the historic Bluecoat building, we give funding to community and educational organisations, offer almshouse accommodation to people in need and provide rentable and affordable offices & meeting rooms in the heart of Chester.

The Chester Bluecoat Charity is the city’s oldest charity, dating back more than 800 years.

The role

​Are you passionate about Chester? Do you want to make a real difference in the lives of those in our community who need our help? Do you want to be part of a team trying to do some good by making lasting change?

By becoming a trustee of The Chester Bluecoat Charity, you can do just that! In this role, you can shape and steer the city’s oldest charity and help it reach its full potential. This is an opportunity for you to give back to the city of Chester in a meaningful, rewarding role, whilst making new connections during an exciting time of transformational change in the charity.

What skills should I have?

The Chester Bluecoat Charity are looking for trustees with the following skills in particular:

· Charity and community experience.

· Social housing/housing association experience (Almshouses)

· Legal

In addition, trustees should be able to offer:

Great communication skills

Be able to contribute to strategic planning

Independent, sound judgement

Willingness to provide opinion and reasons for the conclusions drawn

Ability to think creatively and problem solve

Capable of working effectively as a member of a team

As we are focused on Chester and its’ surrounds, we expect our trustees to either be resident in Chester or have strong links with the city.

How will I make a difference?

As part of our trustee board, you will shape the work of The Chester Bluecoat Charity and provide support to the team to achieve our charitable aims. You will be part a charity that tackles the causes of poverty, inequality, and disadvantage in and around Chester by using our resources effectively to provide grants to other organisations and charities, amongst other work.

Our trustees dedicate around 5-10 hours a month to The Chester Bluecoat Charity by attending internal meetings and assisting the team in delivering our strategy.

When would I participate in trustee meetings?

The main board meet 6 times a year. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of three years, with the possibility of two further terms.

Trustee meetings are usually held at The Bluecoat on Upper Northgate Street, Chester, however these may also be joined virtually.

Supporting document(s)

  • trustee-application-form-2024-website.pdf - Download
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