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Volunteer Trustee

Posted for Northampton Rape Crisis

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  • Do you believe in a world free from sexual violence?
  • Are you interested in using your skills to make a real difference to survivors in Northamptonshire?

If so then you could be the Trustee we're looking for. NRC is a registered charity which supports local survivors who have experienced sexual abuse or rape. We provide counselling and other services including support groups and advocacy.

We are currently recruiting trustees to help deliver our strategy and support the staff and volunteers who provide NRC services on a day-to-day basis.

We expect trustees to 

  • Attend regular trustee meetings every two months (evening) in Northampton 
  • Participate in training and an annual away-day (usually on a Saturday) 
  • Attend the annual AGM 
  • Be actively involved in between trustee meetings by responding to emails promptly, reviewing documents, attending teleconferences and managing any project you may have taken on 
  • Support NRC events and activities and take a proactive approach to fundraising 
  • Be able to commit an average of 5 hours per month, mostly in the evenings but with some flexibility for occasional daytime activities 
  • Commit to at least two years of service 

In return we can offer you: 

  • The chance to put something into the local community and have an indirect impact on survivor's lives at a time when they need support 
  • The opportunity to contribute to the development of an organisation at an exciting point in our history 
  • The ability to contribute to the Rape Crisis and broader women's movement 
  • The opportunity to develop skills and experience in a range of areas including governance, employment, equal opportunities, fundraising, publicity, finance 

We are looking for women who have an interest in issues around violence against women and girls and who can work as a member of a team.

This position is unpaid, travel expenses can be claimed.

Skills

Essential skills required on the board: 

  • Finance 
  • Human resources 
  • Legal 
  • Fundraising 
  • Strategy / business 
  • Public relations 
  • Currently working in health/mental health 
  • Knowledge of Government VAWG strategy 

Desired skills on the board: 

  • The ability to "open doors" 
  • Currently volunteering at NRC 
  • Experience of working with another charity 
  • Working in the civil service 
  • Current/previous experience of working in a DV or SV agency setting 
  • Previous service user 
  • Public relations experience in reaching and engaging young people 

Time commitment 

Meet in person with the board of trustees six times a year: 

  • To establish strategic direction and advise on operational strategy in conjunction with the organisation's CEO. 
  • To delegate the implementation of the board's decisions to the CEO but to also define authority boundaries on each decision. 
  • To monitor operational strategy progress via board reports to the board. 
  • To receive stakeholder input and answer questions or concerns the team may have on decisions made and to identify decisions that require feedback from the NRC community prior to progression. 

Other commitments: 

  • Read financial and operational strategy documents prior to each meeting. 
  • An average of 5 hours per month is required, excluding board meetings in order to fulfil the requirements of the role 
  • Attend trustee teleconferences in the interim between meetings if required to resolve issues or agree directional changes in response to unforeseen circumstances. 
  • Attend the annual AGM to represent the NRC. 
  • Answer member NRC advice requests relevant to your skill when possible and if they arise. 


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Interests

  • Crime, Victims and Offenders
  • Mental Health
  • Womens Issues

Activities

  • Trusteeship and Committee Work

Details

  • Age restrictions
    18 and over
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When do I need to be available?

Start Date: 10/03/2021

End Date: 10/03/2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Flexible to suit

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