Who we are
Worcestershire Association of Carers is a registered charity that was founded in 1997 providing an independent source of information, advice and support for unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire. We provide representation for carers at a local and national level and support carers to have a voice in decisions that affect them.
Trustees have overall control of our charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. They may be known by other titles, such as: directors, board members or governors. Whatever they are called, trustees are the people who lead our charity and decide how it is run. They ensure that WAC fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries through active participation and delivers on our vision, mission and values.
What do we mean by a 'carer'
A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental ill-health or substance misuse problems and cannot manage without their help
At Worcestershire Association of Carers, our Board has 9 Trustees with a broad range of skills, experiences and backgrounds and some have caring experience. We are now looking for two Trustees with a particular interest in and empathy towards unpaid carers. At least one will have personal knowledge of being a carer or of working with carers, and it would be desirable for one to have a good grasp of the social care system.
These Trustees will provide the carer voice that ensures the Board understands the ongoing situation for carers and remains carer focused in its discussions and decisions. They will need to have the confidence to represent carers’ views and interests, will scrutinise all carer activity and advise where the opportunities and risks are. They will be good communicators, with a commitment to what WAC delivers and be willing to be engaged in the overarching direction and strategy.
Do I need previous expereince?
It is not necessary to have previous trustee or board committee experience as training and induction will be provided. This position would therefore suit an individual taking their first steps. We welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds. We are actively looking to diversify our board to help us represent all the communities of Worcestershire. If you think you can help us to achieve this we would very much like to hear from you. Everyone’s input will be valued and support will be available to a new trustee.
What is the time commitment?
Trustees have to commit to at least 13 days per year, including 4 Board meetings, 4 sub-committee meetings, 4 trustee meetings and our AGM. However, all trustees add value by meeting staff, volunteers, etc., and attending other meetings.
Any benefits? (out of pocket expenses, training)
There is no financial remuneration, though expenses for travel and out-of-pocket expenses may be claimed. There will be an induction and training programme.
Where the meetings are held
In normal times, meetings are held at the office in Worcester. Currently all meetings are held on Zoom.
And finally, what’s in it for you?
To be a trustee is an exciting and fulfilling role, where you bring your knowledge and experience to benefit our charity and give something back to the community. It also develops your skills and augments your CV.