The Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI) is an Edinburgh-based charitable organisation providing a range of advice, support and employability services aimed at maximising household income, preventing homelessness, reducing poverty, improving employability and generally improving wellbeing.
Main activities and services we provide include:
· Tenancy support and housing advice to prevent homelessness;
· Income maximisation, welfare and debt advice to prevent poverty;
· Court and tribunal representation;
· Financial inclusion service in support of individuals with addiction problems who are attending Edinburgh’s recovery hubs;
· Advice service in 5 GP practices and 23 schools;
· Employability service to support people back into work;
· Youth development work targeting young people aged 16-19 living in the South West area of Edinburgh, who have left school without a positive destination.
CHAI is a Company Limited by Guarantee and we are now seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our Board of Directors, who share our mission of reducing homelessness, poverty and inequality in Edinburgh and our passion to support the community. In particular, we are seeking people with skills in the fields of fundraising, marketing, health and income inequality, employment and child poverty, as well as individuals with lived experience of low income and/or homelessness, and who can bring that experience to help others.
The Board meets around 8 - 9 times a year at CHAI’s office at Riverside House, Gorgie Road, Edinburgh. Responsibilities include attending Board meetings and Annual General Meetings, provide advice and support to the Chair and Project Executive, participating in events and activities organised by CHAI. No previous experience is required as full induction, training and support in the role of a Director will be provided.
The position is unpaid, but full travel expenses can be claimed.
Commitment: Several evening meetings each year
WHALE Arts, the thriving place-based and building-based cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes, is seeking to identify a new Chair and Finance Board Member for its Board of Directors.
Our Mission: We create the conditions for our community in Wester Hailes to work alongside artists and cultural practitioners to become agents for change who will proactively co-design, participate in, support or lead quality creative activity at all stages of their lives.
Our Vision: Wester Hailes is a creative, thriving, resilient, fair community.
The current Chair Michelle Herron’s is to step down in November 2019 after 10 years of service.
Our current Board members are a mix of local residents and non-local residents and have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, arts and culture.
We invite applications from suitably experienced individuals. We would particularly welcome those with a background in senior management and a track record in developing and implementing policy and strategy. We also welcome candidates with a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of sustainable income generation for building-based community-led organisations with an understanding of the importance of public and private funds whilst also leading WHALE Arts into a future where ambitious social enterprise activity plays a strong role. Previous experience of charity board membership and a genuine interest in the transformative power of the arts and creativity are essential. Candidates must be prepared to contribute their professional knowledge, strong business contacts, and a firm commitment to actively promoting and supporting WHALE Arts at a National level.
Finance Board Member
Our current Board members have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, arts and culture. Expertise and experience of financial management and financial good governance are seen as a core capability required to augment and compliment the current Board experience and this vacancy has arisen as the current board member, Lorraine Johnston who provides the accounting oversight and insight, is stepping down after almost 7 years’ service.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to experience a role at Board level while providing financial acumen, support and oversight to the other Board members and support a vibrant arts organisation. Ideally the candidate would be a qualified accountant however candidates with equivalent experience and proven track record in financial management, or equivalent, would be considered. The successful candidate must be able to position and explain accounting and financial data in a way that the non-accountant board members would understand. The organisation has accounting, payroll management and management accounting & reporting in place at an operational level and it is not expected that the Board member be involved in the day to day accounting and control activities.
Further information for each role is available for download below.
As a NED on the Board of Directors, you’ll work with the Board and the Senior Management team to set, evolve and communicate the future company strategy, at all times, acting on behalf of the Shareholder.
As a Board Member, you’ll be responsible for building and maintaining the core Service Delivery and developing ‘growth engines’ for the future as well as balancing the delivery of superior cost savings through operational excellence whilst continuing to develop a fivestar service for service users.
You’ll have a strong track record and demonstrable experience at a senior leadership level within a customer facing commercial, public sector and / or social care sector, and preferably have previous NED or Board experience. You’ll also have a track record of leading a growth / improvement agenda and experience of working within a complex governance and audit environment. In addition, you will have the ability to constructively challenge decisions, be innovative and drive change.
Scotland’s health and social care systems impact on everyone’s lives at one time or another, and this could be your chance to get involved in improving the ways in which the public engages with these important services.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland has specific responsibilities, along with partner organisations, to support health and care services improve the ways they engage with the public. The Scottish Health Council is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and takes forward these responsibilities. We are looking for three new Members to join the Scottish Health Council Committee. These are challenging, rewarding and worthwhile roles that will give you the unique opportunity to help ensure future health and care services are informed and improved by quality engagement with the Scottish public, while also broadening your own skills and experience.
Can I apply?
Previous experience of non-executive positions is not required, nor is experience gained within health or social care. We really want to hear from people with practical experience of community engagement, who can demonstrate their understanding of the importance of engaging with people and communities in order to bring about positive developments at individual, local, regional or national levels. You also need to have a commitment to helping us improve the health and wellbeing of the Scottish people. If this is you, we would very much like to hear from you.
If you are appointed you will receive training and support to develop your skills and to learn any new skills you may require.
Above Adventure is a Kilmarnock based charity enriching the Ayrshire Community through sport and outreach. A capital build project is underway, initiated and delivered by Above Adventure – to build a state of the art climbing facility to enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy this awesome sport! It’s an exciting time to be part of the adventure, as a spade will be in the ground in January!
Find us on Social Media or visit aboveadventure.co.uk for more information about what we do and why.
We are now seeking additional members to join our Voluntary Board of Trustees
We are keen to attract people to our Board with skills, knowledge and experience in accountancy, finance, law and fundraising. However, all applications will be considered.
As well as our AGM, the board meets once a month with the occasional extra informal meetings being held, as required. The role of Trustee is primarily governance and is a voluntary post. Expenses will be reimbursed.
It would be expected that Trustees attend monthly meetings where possible. Our AGM is taking place at the end of September where 2 potential trustees are being nominated for election onto the board. This would be the ideal time to welcome other new trustees to the enthusiastic existing board.
For over 30 years Gorgie City Farm has operated as a successful community-owned initiative based in the west of Edinburgh. We’re a working farm and visitor attraction aiming to bring the sights, sounds, and smells of farming into the city through our wide range of animals and plants. As part of this we aim to educate children and adults about farming and food production, and promote social inclusion by providing a host of volunteering opportunities, often for those with disabilities or problematic backgrounds.
As part of the next stage of our development we’re looking for a new Chair to join our Board. Our current Chair has been in the role for 5 years and now feels the time is right to step down and let someone else take the Farm forward in our next exciting stage of development. We’re open to applicants from any sector and farming knowledge isn’t a prerequisite. We need someone with sound business skills, a good communicator with the ability to run Board meetings and lead our strategic thinking into the future.
The time commitment for the role is reasonably small – we have 6 Board meetings each year and an AGM usually around November. We also have sub-committees tasked with overseeing and helping with strategy for a specific area of the Farm which usually between each Board meeting; although the Chair isn’t part of any specific committee, attendance happens from time to time. It would be expected that a level of informal visits would also take place at the Farm to familiarise themselves with the team and operation.
Appointment Treasurer to the Scottish Library and Information Council
The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is seeking to appoint a Treasurer to its Board. The appointment is for three years and will run from November 2019.
Information about the Scottish Library and Information Council
SLIC is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information related matters. It is a registered charity and an independent company. It is also a membership organisation representing the interests of public, academic, FE College and special interest libraries within Scotland. The organisation has been going through a period of growth, delivering a range of projects and initiatives on behalf of the Scottish Government and partner organisations.
While it is important that all trustees collectively play their part in financial monitoring and decision making, the Board will appoint a Treasurer. The role of the Treasurer, who will be a member of the Board, is to assist and advise the board in overseeing the finances of the organisation. The treasurer will be responsible for:
The Board meets four times a year in addition to the AGM. Board members may be required to serve on a sub-committee which would involve a commitment of up to another three days. Board meetings alternate between Dundee and Glasgow. The Treasurer’s role at the Board meeting is to advise the Board on all matters relating to the organisation’s finances, provide reassure that sufficient scrutiny is being undertaken and that all financial processes are being adhered to. The Treasurer leads on the development of the annual report and return to Companies House.
The Board provides strategic direction and oversight. Major policy decisions are made at Board level drawing on information provided by the Chief Executive and senior management team. The decisions of the Board are actioned through the Chief Executive and senior management team of the organisation.
SLIC particularly welcomes expressions of interest from individuals with experience in managing finances. Applications from groups which are currently under-represented including, disabled people and those from black and minority ethnic communities would be particularly welcome.
Please note this appointment is on a voluntary basis.
Further information about SLIC can be found on its website www.scottishlibraries.org
The Caravan Project has provided affordable holidays and respite to people living in of Glasgow since 1985. We have recently created a new 3 year strategy which will see us develop an exciting range of short break opportunities for disadvantaged families from across Glasgow.
To support us during this exciting new phase in our growth we are seeking to appoint a new Chair and trustees with a range of skills including Business Development, Finance and Marketing to complement our existing board of 7.
You will be tasked with working closely with the board and our General Manager to meet the organisations strategic aims and objectives. You must be committed to the values of a community focused organisation. You will scrutinise, review and monitor the management reports and constructively challenge the management where necessary.
These are voluntary roles, however any reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of you carrying out your role as board member will be reimbursed.
Founded in 2004, A Moment's Peace Theatre Company (AMP) is a Glasgow-based theatre company that delivers ambitious arts projects with a commitment to grassroots delivery. We work with and for individuals and communities who may otherwise feel excluded from the arts. Our work is political and responds to urgent social issues through the development of personal narratives.
We are looking to expand our membership on the Board of Trustees with particular interest in hearing from candidates within the fields of:
· Political and Social Activism
· Community and/or Adult Education
· HR and Legal sector
Candidates needn’t have prior experience of governance, but they will be experienced in collective decision-making, be effective communicators, forthcoming and brave when sharing ideas and willing to cast a critical eye.
The Board meets for evening meetings on a quarterly basis lasting around two hours. Board documents will be sent out seven days in advance of meetings. We also schedule an annual development day to allow us to engage in relevant training or creative idea development. This is a voluntary position, however reasonable travel expenses can be met where required.
Scottish Refugee Council is a national charity providing help and advice to people from the refugee and asylum-seeking community in Scotland and advocating for their rights. We coordinate the annual Refugee Festival which takes place in June and work in close partnership with other organisations on campaigns and service delivery.
SRC currently has 14 directors, 64 staff and 69 volunteers. Our vision is for a Scotland in which all people seeking refugee protection are welcome.
We are looking for refugees (including people seeking asylum) to join our board of directors to support us in achieving our vision. You may have skills in management, finance, law, human resources, public affairs and communications, research and policy, fundraising, IT, any of which would be welcome. You could have gathered these skills in your home country, in the UK or somewhere else. You may have learnt these skills through education, through the workplace or through voluntary work. However, a passion for the rights and welfare of refugees and a willingness to bring your lived experience to the role are what matters most. All new Board Members are offered induction and mentoring support.
The board meets 4 times a year in Glasgow. A strategy day is held annually. Members are expected where possible to take part in one of the three sub-committees (Finance and Audit, Staffing, Fundraising) that support the Board. This is not a paid role however travel expenses will be reimbursed.