BAR IN THE COMMUNITY attracts and helps to channel the interest of barristers and other legal professionals wishing to serve the community by using their skills in a different way. This allows voluntary organisations to tap into the numerous skills and experience which these individuals can bring.
The service is free and available throughout England and Wales. It operates from the offices of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Christian Youth & Community Service: 2 Trustee Vacancies
Christian Youth & Community Service is a local children's charity, based mainly in West Bromwich, Sandwell. The charity primarily provides playcare for local families, alongside its volunteering and community empowerment activities. The Charity is at the initial stages of embarking in a major capital development project, which will see the charity relocate to larger premises, increasing capacity to meet the emerging community demands for our play-care provision as well encourage new preventative provisions to support the charities aim to become a Flagship Family Centre. Meetings: Bi-monthly, West Bromwich
Generation for Change and Development (GENCAD): Chairman and Treasurer vacancies
GENCAD’s aims are as below:
• Relieve financial hardship, preserve and protect health of communities in the area of benefit
• Advance education of communities in the area of benefit
• Political and economic empowerment of communities in Northern Kenya (GENCAD area of operations)
• Develop a strong network of migrant communities from the Horn of Africa in the UK Meetings: Ad hoc evenings, in Ilford
Volunteer Centre Hounslow (VCH): Treasurer and Trustee vacancies
Volunteer Centre Hounslow is a registered charity which has recruited and placed volunteers in voluntary and statutory organisations throughout the London Borough of Hounslow since 1978. In addition, VCH provide training to organisations and offer advice and information on all aspects of volunteering. Meetings: Ad hoc at 4pm, in Hounslow
The Activ Collaborative: Chairman and Treasurer vacancies
The Activ Collaborative was set up with the support and funding from The School of Social Entrepreneurs and Unltd, the concept being helping to support hard to reach communities to get active. The aim of the charity would be to deliver sports and physical activity programmes to disadvantaged communities -linking this to the concept of social change - with the focus on children, women and disabled groups.
Meetings: Quarterly, in Central London.
Brighton Oasis Project are looking for someone with legal experience to join their Management Committee. Established in 1993 BOP remains one of the only organisations in the country offering a gender specific substance misuse service. Our work with women and families has developed over many years to provide evidenced based, value for money outcomes for women and families with diverse backgrounds and needs. We have developed a national reputation for innovation and excellence through the delivery of our broad portfolio of unique services.
HAGAM: Trustee Vacancy
HAGAM (Hillingdon Action Group for Addiction Management) is a charity which provides free drug and alcohol counselling, treatment, and support services for people with addiction problems and anyone affected by someone else's use of drugs and alcohol including carers and family members.
Meetings are held at 7pm on a monthly basis in Uxbridge and the charity is particularly interested in trustees with legal expertise including barristers, solicitors, clerks and practice managers.
Peterborough Citizens Advice Bureau: Management Committee Vacancy
Peterborough CAB are looking for a Barrister to join their management committee. Having recruited a Barrister before they greatly valued the insight and critique that they provided at board meetings both appertaining to clients issues presented at court but also business planning and strategy in relation to the Ministry of Justice.
Syeda (South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association) Trustee Vacancy
Syeda’s aim is to offer information, advice and support to those affected by eating disorders in South Yorkshire so they have the motivation, power and resilience to reach recovery. Syeda provides a range of services offering information, advice and support to those affected by eating disorders.
The Board meets eight times a year in Sheffield, normally in an evening, for a minimum of two hours. Additional time may be required for occasional Board Committee meetings.
University Campus Suffolk Students’ Union- Board of Trustees
UCS Union is a student led organisation that supports and represents our members, the students of University Campus Suffolk. There vision is to inspire and empower all students by being an exceptional student-led organisation.
The Union mission statement is to enhance the university experience by engaging, listening to and representing students. We provide opportunities for students to realise their full potential.
As the breadth of their services and objectives of the Union is wide, they are looking for Trustees with senior Business Management or Director experience, or skills in Human Resources, Finance, Law or Governance.
As our Board of Trustees includes Student Membership, our Trustees should be invested in our values of inspiring and empowering our students in their development.
St. Michael’s Fellowship Chair of Trustees
St Michael’s Fellowship is looking for a new Chair of Trustees to build on its tremendous successes and enviable reputation and help to navigate the organisation’s future course.
We are a Streatham-based charity employing just over 50 staff, whose main aim is to secure brighter futures for children and families by working with mums and dads. This work takes different forms. Sometimes we are asked to intervene and offer residential and community assessment services for local authorities. Another side of our work sees us going out to our local community and offering services to disadvantaged mums and dads to steer them through the day-to-day challenges of parenting.
We are at a crossroads: the need for services is greater than ever but historical funding routes are being squeezed, or drying up completely. We are looking for a new Chair who has experience, motivation and above all passion to direct us through this crossroads and help us to build a stable and sustainable future for the organisation and its users.
You will have the qualities needed to lead the Board of Trustees: a positive yet pragmatic outlook, the energy to drive decisions forward and the ability to develop the board itself and its relationship with the organisation.
St Michael’s Fellowship is a small, pioneering charity that has touched the lives of countless parents and children. We look forward to hearing from any candidates who believe they can contribute to our vision. We would particularly welcome applications from those within the BME community who are currently underrepresented on the Board.
CanalAbility Board of Trustees
CanalAbility is a small charity based on the River Stort on the Essex/Herts border. They are dedicated to providing affordable canal boat holidays and day trips and have been for over 20 years. The charity operates to make boating activities on the inland waterways accessible to people with disabilities and to community groups, enabling them to achieve the benefits and enjoyment such activities provide. The benefits include building confidence, motivation and personal development by empowering our users – especially those with disabilities – to achievements and aspirations not otherwise available.
They are looking for trustees with a legal, HR, marketing background to help them develop their charity.
Trustee Opportunity - A new start for Hidden Britain
Since 2004 Hidden Britain has directly helped dozens of communities and coached and trained hundreds of others to discover and develop their tourism potential.
Simply put, we exist to help communities to share what they love about where they live to generate long term, sustainable economic and social benefits for residents and visitors alike.
Whilst initially funded by EU rural development programmes, the vision for Hidden Britain has always been to operate on a socially entrepreneurial model and from June 2013 we have the opportunity to re-launch the organisation as a new, independent charity. The focus will continue to be on helping towns, communities and Local Authorities to help themselves drive more value from their tourism efforts.
Could you be a part of this exciting new journey.
Over the last two years we have developed Hidden Britain into a sustainable organisation, far less reliant on independent funding and we now need to recruit a motivated and like-minded group of Trustees to help lead the organisation into this next, exciting chapter.
Here’s the role description http://bit.ly/119EyaP – let us know if you believe you could be a part of our exciting new Trustee team.
Trustee Opportunity - Kids Run Free
Kids Run Free is a dynamic and expanding charity based in Leamington Spa. They are a grassroots organisation, which aims to inspire and encourage children of all ages and abilities to get excited about sports and exercise. They currently provide free running events for children in a number of locations in the Midlands with plans to expand within the Midlands and London.
They are looking for additional trustee to help us develop our strategy and improve our business planning and organisation. You will need to have:
You would need to be able to commit to a maximum of six meetings per year and the occasional ad hoc discussion.
Independent Advocacy North Tyneside- Trustees Sought
IANT works with a wide range of people and have several specialist projects including: Learning Disability, Physical DIsability, Mental Health, Older People, Dementia, BME and Refugee and Asylum Seekers.It is essential that Trustees have an understanding of the role of advocacy.
Ageing in Britain - 4 Directors Sought
Ageing In Britain are looking for 4 Directors to join their small team to help take their business to the next level. Ageing in Britain is a Health & Social Care Provider, delivering high quality care to older adults, disabled people and carers. The trustees would have experience of marketing or come from a financial background.
Be part of a resident led trust and get involved with the development of a new community centre
A new community centre and church is being built as part of the Stonegrove Regeneration Scheme in Edgware. The building of the centre is to start this year or early next year. A resident led Stonegrove Community Trust will direct these developments and manage the centre in the long run. A shadow trust is currently operating and will become a legal entity later this year. They are now recruiting 3 new trustees to help direct these developments.
The shadow trust is resident led though it has the relevant stakeholders round the table supporting it too – LB Barnet, Barratt Homes, Family Mosaic and St Peter’s Church. It has been created to ensure that the new facility is centred around the needs and desires of local residents.
So far they have recruited 7 residents and are looking to recruit three individuals from the business, voluntary or public sector to join the Shadow Trust.
They are looking for people who live or work in the North London area (knowledge and connection to Edgware / Barnet is preferred but is not essential) who can dedicate 1 day a month to this role (mostly evening and weekend)
Karate Federation for Disabled players
The British Karate Federations aims to increase disabled people’s sustained participation in the sport of karate, reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping individuals to become physically and mentally stronger. They are looking for legal professionals to join their committee. Meetings will usually be held on weekends.
Vitality Needs You
Vitality is an organisation that’s mission is to improve the Quality of Life and Life Expectancy of people with spinal cord injuries and their family members through peer taught carer training. Their training combines; Health Care, and Manual Handling. They are specifically looking for someone interested in becoming Company Secretary and someone who has fundraising skills/experience. Meetings are bi-monthly in the evening.
Ben Uri Gallery
Ben Uri Gallery is looking to refresh and re-energise its trustees to help drive the establishment of a permanent gallery, strengthen their programmes and engage wider audiences. They are looking for a range of skills and experience: finance, commercial, HR, culture, property, law, marketing and PR.
Ben Uri is 98 years young, just 2 years short of its centenary, and was founded in Whitechapel in1915 by the Russian Jewish émigré artist Lazar Berson. It has a unique, incredible and incredibly diverse world-class collection of over 1300 works by 380 artists.
The Trustees acting individually and collectively have an overall stewardship responsibility for the wellbeing of the museum, providing strategic direction and practical assistance, ensuring that it works effectively towards its vision and mission, harnessing its resources to maximum effect and upholding its core ethos and values and fulfilling a duty of care, in accordance with its governing documents, relevant legislation and regulatory requirements.
Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust
Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust campaigns to restore lifeboats made by the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, close to where it was based at Leamouth. Once restored, the boats are used to conduct heritage tours of the rivers and canals of east London. The Trust seeks a legal trustee to assist with charity administration
Meetings: Bi-Monthly, in London
John Bristow & Thomas Mason Trust
John Bristow & Thomas Mason Trust, promotes education in the local area and provides relief to those in need, hardship or distress; or sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped or infirm. They are looking for an individual that that has experience in the legal profession to add to the wealth of experience that exists within the current body of Trustees.
Meetings: 6 times a month, in Surrey
The John's Common Room (JCR) is an independent student union for all undergraduate and postgraduate students of St John's College, Durham in John's Hall, Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre. The JCR exists to advance the education of students at St John's College for the public benefit. They seek an external trustee you would offer your skills and experience in overseeing the finances, strategy, direction and governance of the JCR in pursuance of its objectives.
Meetings: quarterly , in Durham
Chair of Board
1625 Independent People have been preventing homelessness and supporting young people into independence in the South West of England for 30 years.
With over 90 staff in three locations, we provide housing support and advice to around 1000 young people per year. We’re one of the brightest youth organisation in the south west, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.
The Chair, with the Board and Senior Managers, will be responsible for the strategic direction, governance and development of this highly regarded charity, with office bases in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
The Board meets 6 times a year and has an AGM each September. In between meetings there are committees working on finance, fundraising and audit/risk. The Chair will make sure that these committees are meeting the governance responsibility of the Board but this does not necessitate attendance. Applications Close 31 October 2013
Home-Start Manchester North
Home-Start recruits, trains and supervises local parent volunteers whom provide weekly emotional and practical home visiting support to families with young children whom are experiencing difficulties.
Their vision is of all parents being empowered to give their children an excellent start in life so that they may enjoy a happy, secure childhood, and achieve their full potential, transforming the communities in which we serve.
They meet in the evenings in Manchester on a ad-hoc basis.
Can you help drive Community Transport forward?
Community Transport Waltham Forest is currently seeking new trustees to join the management committee at this exciting time for the organisation. They are particularly keen to find Management Committee members to complement our management committee with skills in the following:
As a member of the Management Committee you will be committed to the vision and brand values of CTWF. You will ensure the name and reputation of CTWF is safeguarded as well as ensuring that we comply with our governing document.
They meet in Walthamstow on Monday afternoons.
FibroAction is a national charity dedicated to support people affected by fibromyalgia by providing information about fibromyalgia and raising public awareness about the condition.
Fibromyalgia is a widespread chronic pain condition for which there is no cure and no treatment in the UK. There are 2.7 million, or one in 24 people, fibromyalgia sufferers in the UK.
Their vision is that the needs of people affected by fibromyalgia are universally recognised and met, with fast and accurate diagnoses and easy access to optimal treatment and care available to all people affected by Fibro in the UK.
They meet in the evenings (monthly) usually via Skype
The McTimoney Trust
Chiropractic is a technique which is a drugless and non-surgical form of health care. Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body (the musculoskeletal system) and the problems associated with it caused by accident, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear.
The McTimoney Trust is both a charity and limited company which aims to:
Support the advancement of education in the science/technique of McTimoney Chiropractic as applied to humans and animals;
The Board is looking for new members to help it achieve its future ambitions and ensure it meets its responsibilities.
Ideally you will be able to attend up to six half day meetings in Oxford and approximately six evening telephone meetings a year.
For more information you can:
Download a Board member Applicant Pack and form at their website. The deadline is November 22nd
Haringey Migrant Support Centre (HMSC) runs a weekly drop-in service for migrants. It offers free legal advice from qualified advisors on immigration issues; welfare and housing advice; a hot meal; and a welcoming space where people can relax and socialise. HMSC also aims to raise awareness about migrants' social and economic circumstances in the local community through campaigning activities.
The HMSC drop-in is held every Monday 1-4pm and is attended by around 35 visitors per session. Over the past year we have established an impressive track record for a new charity with over 1000 visits to the drop-in, providing over 250 visitors with legal advice and 180 visitors with welfare advice.
They are currently seeking a trustee with fundraising experience. Their Steering Group has been active in accessing funds to develop the work of the drop-in. To help them expand further and consolidate our work, they now need an energetic Trustee with fundraising experience, ideally with a strong network of relevant donors and a proven track record of fundraising for the third sector.
Deadline Tuesday 10th December 2013
Action on Pre eclampsia is a small, national charity which supports those affected by pre eclampsia. Pre eclampsia is a disease of pregnancy which causes the deaths of 7 women and 1,000 babies in the UK every year. APEC needs new trustees to take APEC into the future, to further develop its 5 year strategy, to raise the profile of the charity and to secure sound income streams to build on our current financial base.
They require a trustee who has experience as a treasurer and/or fundraiser. They meet quarterly in London. More information can be found here
Mary Frances Trust provides support for people who experience mental ill-health. They are committed to supporting people to become fully active members of their communities and to have access to all the opportunities this offers. Their founding principles are to work in partnership with people who we are supporting, maintaining respectful and equal relationships between them and staff and fostering a sense of ownership and community. They provide a range of services and activities in Mole Valley and Epsom and Ewell and are the lead for Community Connections mental health services in these areas.
They are looking for a Treasurer but are also looking to expand and diversify our Board. Meetings take place bi-monthly in Leatherhead. More information can be found here.
North Kensington Law Centre provides a free and independent specialist legal service to the community and promotes access to legal rights and equality of opportunity. The main areas they can help with are employment and discrimination, housing, immigration and welfare benefits. As a community-based service they work to promote a culture of rights amongst groups who are likely to experience problems associated with poverty or disadvantage and seek legal solutions to some of the problems they face.
They are looking for potential trustees with skills in finance, accountancy, employment law, and management. However, the most important thing is enthusiasm, a willingness to commit, and a passion for access to justice in the local community. The trustees meet bi-monthly in London. More information can be found here.
Jigsaw Trust’s aim is to improve the lives of children and adults affected by autism through the provision of high quality, accessible, educational, vocational and well-being services.
Jigsaw Trust is a registered charity that was established in 1999 by a group of parents of children diagnosed with autism. In the same year it raised enough funds to set up Jigsaw CABAS® School, opening its doors to six children. Today the school educates 53 pupils, aged 4 to 19 years, and has provision for up to 60 pupils.
In April 2013, the Trust was expanded to set up Jigsaw + raising additional funds to support adults with autism and related disabilities through the development of a new adult services.
They are looking to recruit a fundraiser trustee to fundraise and promote Jigsaw to a wider variety of people.
They meet 4 times a year’s usually in the evening in Guildford. More information can be found at www.jigsawtrust.co.uk.
Alcohol Research UK is a national charity that was launched in September 2011, taking over the work of the former Alcohol Education and Research Council which itself had been established in 1982. Their vision is to see a reduction in levels of alcohol-related harm through ensuring that policy and practice can be developed on the basis of reliable, research-based, evidence. They have ambitious plans, which include increasing the size of their research programme, developing many new partnerships, creating a practical evidence-base on research into alcohol harm and significantly raising our profile and influence amongst key decision-makers.
They are recruiting trustees to help achieve these plans. They meet twice a year around the UK. More information can be found at www.alcoholresearchuk.org
Defence Barrister Needed
The Charity provides counselling to individuals who have come forward to Operation Pallial (the enquiry into abuse in children's homes in North Wales) as well as to many other individuals in the area. They are in the process of organising some training for our counsellors to ensure that they have the best possible knowledge and understanding of how police and the courts operate when individuals have been accused of abuse. They are holding a session on Monday 20th January and would like a defence barrister to attend on the afternoon.
If you are interested in undertaking any of the opportunities please email BiCEnquiries@barprobono.org.uk . We kindly ask that you do not contact the organisations directly.