Trustee

  • VO75848
  • Board/trustee role


Description

Families First is a small independent Charity working with children aged 5 - 16 years, living in North East Fife who have additional support needs. The challenges children face include Autism, poor physical and mental health, social problems such as isolation and poverty.
Our overall objectives are to strengthen the social and emotional development of children, young people and their parents and carers so they become effective contributors to their communities.
The trustees offer strategic guidance and provide a governance role to Families First as an organisation. The trustees are looking for new members who can offer their skills and expertise to support Families First's mission "Families First work alongside children and young people to overcome the personal challenges they face in life."
We are looking for trustees with expertise in finance, fundraising, law and children's work. Along with your skills and expertise, the trustees are looking for people who value the difference small charities can make to local communities.

Organisation aims and objectives

Families First is a very small independent charity working with children and their families aged 5 – 16 years who face significant challenges in life living in North East Fife. These challenges include Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), various learning disabilities, social and emotional problems, mental health issues, caring responsibilities, being looked after away from their family, low self-esteem, medical problems and poverty. Isolation can be a significant challenge to the children we work with due to their personal circumstances and rural location. By supporting these children and their families we aim to: • Reduce isolation • Develop self-esteem • Improve social skills • Improve relationships All of the people we work with are referred to us by external statutory and voluntary agencies. We offer 3 core services - Family Support (adults), One-to-One Befriending (children) and Children's Group Work. Our overall objectives are to strengthen the social and emotional development of children, young people and their parents and carers; so they can become effective contributors to their communities. We do this in a number of ways, by providing opportunities for our service users to explore the challenges they face and gain new experiences in a safe environment with supportive staff and volunteers. In addition to one-to-one support and group work activities, we provide access to events throughout the year through our Family Support Service. These events give families a chance to spend time and have fun together, thus creating lasting memories with each other.

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6 meetings per year, lasting no more that 2 hours each (apart from Strategic planning sessions) Sub committees can also have additional meetings 4 - 6 hours per annum.

Restrictions

Experience required: Experience in finance, law, fundraising and children's work.
Travel details: St Andrews

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Arrangements can be made for out of pocket expenses (mileage / public transport) to be brought along on night of meetings if the manager has advanced notice.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: A full induction pack will be provided including policy, procedure, good practice guidance, business plans and annual reports. a PowerPoint presentation on becoming a trustee, child and adult protection, an introduction to our children's services.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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