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All trustees collectively have responsibility for Play Midlothian, with day to day management delegated to staff. The legal responsibilities for each trustee, under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act (2005), are to:
Play Midlothian has identified the key responsibilities of its trustees as:
• To contribute to setting the vision and overall strategic direction for the organisation
• To ensure good financial planning, agreeing the income generation strategy and budgets
• To ensure that income and expenditure levels are regularly compared to agreed budgets and that variances are identified and explained
• To manage, safeguard and protect the assets and resources of Play Midlothian and ensure that they are used only for the purposes set out in Play Midlothian’s governing document
• To oversee the development and delivery of Play Midlothian’s business plan, including monitoring and reviewing progress against agreed activities and outcomes
• To promote a culture of evaluation and learning within Play Midlothian and with its stakeholders
• To manage and safeguard the reputation of Play Midlothian and oversee the strategy for external and stakeholder relations
• To ensure that Play Midlothian adheres to its own values, particularly in relation to service users, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders
• To ensure a commitment to equalities throughout the policy and practice of Play Midlothian
Play Midlothian wants a world in which every child can exercise their right to play and access quality play opportunities, within their community, that meets their play needs and support the child to flourish. Play Midlothian’s mission is to strongly influence, support and promote play and the child’s right to play in Midlothian – and when relevant beyond. Play Midlothian works towards its mission through building the capacity of play providers, improving quality of play opportunities, advocating for play, increasing understanding of play and providing services for children were gaps in provision exist.
This is the minimum age someone can become a trustee.
As Play Midlothian is a children’s charity, trustees must be PVG checked before they commence their role. If you are not already a member of the PVG scheme, you will need to join.
Experience required: After undertaking a skills gap analysis, we also have a particular interest in recruiting people with any of the following skill and knowledge areas (as at November 2017): • Marketing • HR. If you are interested, but don’t work in one of the above areas, we’d still like to hear from you as we have a few spaces on the committee. We’d also particularly like to hear from parents of children who use our services.
Travel details: Meetings are held in various locations around Midlothian
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Trustees are not paid for their duties, but are able to claim the cost of travel to and from meetings (within reason) and other appropriate expenses.
Training details: Trustees will receive an induction to enable them to understand Play Midlothian, what we do, how we work and the role of the trustees and board. In addition, trustees are offered ongoing opportunities to access training on the role of a charity trustee and other topics. Trustees are also offered opportunities to get to understand the impact of Play Midlothian’s work better, which may include; shadowing staff, attending staff team meetings, meeting service users and volunteers, or linking more closely with one specific team or area of activity.
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