Who we are
The Young Carers Development Trust was established as a registered charity in 2012 and aims to inspire young carers in the south-west to improve their life chances by offering them sustained and targeted support over a period of four years in order that they can pursue their education, training and career ambitions. Our strategy is to assist and support young carers who are providing a ‘significant level of care’ for a disabled or seriously ill family member, resulting in much poorer outcomes for their own health and future expectations. We do this by providing support that will develop the young carers skills, capacities and capabilities which will then enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals and to inspire other individuals.
Our approach is to work with local young carers services to identify young carers with real potential who are unlikely to succeed without targeted support and then we match the individual beneficiary to a Development Manager, a person who offers sustained support and advice throughout their time as a beneficiary. We provide long term support for four years to each young carer and recognise that there will be set backs during this time. To date, we have supported 22 young carers in the South West region.
The practical support we provide young carers includes tutoring, books, equipment, revision aids, visits to universities, work experience opportunities. The aim is to then see the young carers through to the end of the first year of further education.
Being a trustee for YCDT is highly rewarding, we are looking for people who are motivated to support young carers achieve their ambitions. We have recently had a skills audit and identified a number of areas we are looking to recruit trustees:
- Charity experience.
- Event management.
- Experience of working with young carers.
- Education (secondary).
- Those with legal training, finance and accounting.
Duties of a trustee board member
The duties of a trustee board member are to:
- ensure that YCDT complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
- ensure that YCDT pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
- ensure YCDT applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be
- contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to YCDT, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
- safeguard the good name and values of YCDT
- ensure the financial stability of YCDT.
In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise.
Please see the attached Trustee information pack for further information
Please contact [email protected] with your CV to express an interest. You will then be contacted to find out more about you and your skills and to introduce you to us and our work.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
You can find out more about YCDT at www.ycdt.org.uk