Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

  • VO65461
  • Board/trustee role


Description

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with one or more children under five years of age. We support families in the Perth & Kinross area through home visits, group support and infant massage sessions. Trained volunteers visit families in their own homes, usually on a weekly basis, and offer non-judgemental practical and emotional support, helping to build the family's confidence and ability to cope.
.Main Tasks: The Chairperson will work with and provide leadership to the board of trustees in setting the direction of the scheme. Facilitate and lead on the development, implementation and review of the organisation’s strategic plan and long-term goals. Oversee and guide decisions made by the Board, ensuring effective implementation. Ensure financial stability. Liaise regularly with the senior member of staff to maintain an overview of the scheme’s affairs and activities and to provide support and guidance as appropriate. Optimise the relationship between the trustees, the staff and volunteers. Set the agenda and chair board meetings and the Annual General Meeting. Represent the scheme when appropriate at functions and meetings. Ensure compliance with the Home-Start Agreement and Quality Assurance system.

Organisation aims and objectives

Families with children under five years old can find life difficult and stressful at times. Home-Start Perth was set up to help such families. Trained volunteers visit families in their own homes, usually on a weekly basis, and offer non-judgemental practical and emotional support, helping to build the family's confidence and ability to cope. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are normally parents themselves. Support is available to any parent or carer with at least one child under 5 years of age. Homestart Perth also runs family groups in Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus for children up to the age of 3 and Infant Massage classes to new parents.

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The Board meets every month (usually with a two month break over the summer) for approx. 2 hours and the Chairperson is expected to be available. Board meetings are normally held on a Thursday but days can be varied as required. In addition to Board meetings, other contact - usually electronic or by telephone will be necessary, as may occasional additional meetings with other parties.

Restrictions

Experience required: Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship. Strategic vision. Commitment to Home-Start objectives. Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort. Good, independent judgement. Ability to think creatively. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team. Leadership skills. Good communication and interpersonal skills. Good, independent judgement, Experience of committee work.
Travel details: Board meetings take place at our office based in Highland House, St Catherine's Road, Perth.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are available
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Support available through Home-Start UK Intranet. Attendance at trustee events e.g. Trustee Week and other networking opportunities.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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