Chair and Trustees

  • VO86734
  • Board/trustee role


Description

Known locally as Giraffe (due to its social enterprise cafe on South Street) the organisations support people over the age of 16 from all over Perth and Kinross and beyond.
The charity was set up to help groups in society that were overlooked, denied opportunities and not integrated into the local community. The charity’s wholly owned subsidiary (a community interest company), Giraffe, was primarily set up as there were not enough employers in the local area who were willing to offer the type of supported employment and development that Giraffe provides.
For more than 10 years, the organisations have provided socialisation, personal development and training for adults experiencing a diverse range of disabilities, mental ill-health, homelessness, and other barriers to support them towards inclusion, and, where appropriate, sustaining meaningful employment.
The organisations strongly believe in inclusion for all and offers its trainees a place to go for training, socialisation, personal development, supported work experiences and more. This creates incredible, life-changing opportunities for each individual.
Charity Trusteeships can be incredibly rewarding as well as support personal and professional development. As the Chair, you will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, provide inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, and ensure that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.
The company takes a pro-active approach in appointing suitable candidates in order to broaden the governance skills base of the board. New directors undertake an induction to the organisation. This includes identifying their particular skills and interests. Directors are offered internal and external opportunities to develop their knowledge base and update their skills.
To be successful, you will have experience across a wide and varied business and professional life with an interest in the aims of Check-In Works/Giraffe and a willingness to commit time and energy to the position.
The Board of Trustees are specifically looking for a chair and trustees with experience in the following areas:

  • IT/computing
  • Accountancy/finance
  • Hospitality/manufacturing
  • Autism/ mental ill health

Closing Date: Noon, Monday 21st June
Interview Dates: Monday 28th June

Organisation aims and objectives

Giraffe is an innovative community social enterprise at the heart of the Perthshire community. Established in 2009, our key aim is to tackle the pressing and entrenched social problem of the unemployment and social exclusion of people with enduring mental ill-health, disabilities and other significant workplace barriers. The unmet need we address comprises: - The lack of opportunities for effective support for disadvantaged adults who are making the fragile transition into the mainstream work environment - The lack of part-time paid employment opportunities and vocational training giving job-seekers meaningful experience and credibility when applying for paid work with local employers - The discrimination, stigma and profound lack of understanding among the public and local employers about the positive skills, attributes and enthusiasm that disadvantaged people can bring to the workplace. Giraffe runs four sustainable community businesses including South Street Shop & Café, the Stir It Up Training Kitchen, Mill St Café, and the Ladeside Garden Centre.

Restrictions

Experience required: To be successful, you will have experience across a wide and varied business and professional life with an interest in the aims of Check-In Works/Giraffe and a willingness to commit time and energy to the position. The Board of Trustees are specifically looking for a chair and trustees with experience in the following areas: - IT/computing - Accountancy/finance - Hospitality/manufacturing - Autism/ mental ill health

Last updated 7 days ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.