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.
One of the projects run by Bar in the Community is a trustee finding service for charities wishing to appoint legally qualified trustees. The service is free and available throughout England and Wales. It operates from the office of the Bar Pro Bono Unit. We ask that you do not contact the charities directly and instead email BICenquiries@barprobono.org.uk indicating your interest.
Application forms for individuals interested in joining Bar in the Community can be found here. Organisations seeking to advertise trusteeships or request another type of assistance from the legal sector should apply using the form found here.
A selection of recent vacancies appear below:
Bar Mock Trial Competition
The Citizenship Foundation is seeking volunteer judges and barristers for its Bar Mock Trial competition. The competition allows non-fee paying students aged 15-18 to prepare and present opposite sides of criminal cases in Crown Courts across the country. Students take on the roles of barristers, witnesses, court officials and members of the jury, thereby enabling them to gain both a practical understanding of court proceedings and valuable career skills. Judges and senior barristers are needed to sit as judges in the mock trials, scoring the schools according to the criteria and guidance provided and giving short oral feedback to competitors. Barristers of any seniority are also required as mentors to support schools in preparing for the regional heats.
Volunteer judges are required in Reading and Maidstone on 12th November; Birmingham on 19th November; and Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham and Blackfriars on 26th November 2016.
Volunteer barrister mentors are required in Bournemouth, Reading, Maidstone and Oxford on 12th November; Snaresbrook, Cardiff, Manchester, Truro, Ipswich and Birmingham on 19th November; and Blackfriars, Leeds, London, Nottingham and Sheffield on 26th November 2016.
Options for Life
Options for Life provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to help them improve their confidence, develop their skills, live as independently as possible and enjoy the same rights and opportunities as non-disabled people. The charity is based in Oldbury and serves people across the West Midlands. Options for Life is seeking to appoint a Chair to its Board of Trustees to ensure the highest possible standards of governance, ensure the proper and efficient conduct of board meetings and sub-committees, to ensure the board works in partnership with senior employees and to support and offer leadership to the Chief Executive. The successful applicant will play a key role in developing the strategic direction of Options for Life.
Meetings take place quarterly in Oldham, West Midlands.
Cirencester College, an OFSTED-rated “Outstanding” Sixth Form College, is seeking applications from individuals who are interested in becoming their new Chair of Governors and who would provide top-quality, long-term leadership during the next exciting phase of their development. The organisation is seeking someone who will be an inspirational leader, with the presence and credibility to lead the Corporation and play a local and regional leadership role. The successful candidate will be a strategic and analytical thinker, have extremely strong interpersonal skills and have an ability and willingness to promote the College locally and regionally.
Meetings take place in Cirencester.
RAIN Rescue is a small, independent charity that provides a place of safety for pets in crisis. RAIN Rescue helps pet owners in crisis situations, including those referred from Social Services, facing eviction or experiencing financial hardship. The charity operates from a leased site in Wickersley near Rotherham and has facilities for 16 dogs and 16 cats, as well as enrichment areas and paddocks. RAIN Rescue seeks trustees with organisational leadership experience, preferably at management board level, to help the organisation develop and deliver its strategic vision. Applications from those with experience of strategic planning and management, project management, risk management and performance management (preferably in the charity sector) would be particularly welcome. Applicants naturally need to have a love of dogs and cats and care passionately about their welfare.
Meetings take place quarterly in Rotherham.
The National Flood Forum
The National Flood Forum is an independent charity supporting people who are affected by flooding in England and Wales. The organisation offers practical advice and emotional support in the aftermath of a flood and works with community groups to help them reduce their risk of being flooded. The National Flood Forum champions the issues being faced locally, to make sure government and organisations have a community perspective when developing policy and strategy in relation to flooding. The organisation seeks two trustees and would especially welcome applications from people with fundraising, financial and media skills.
Meetings take place quarterly in Birmingham or London.
West Mercia Women’s Aid
West Mercia Women’s Aid is a feminist organisation operating within the voluntary sector. It supports and empowers women and children affected by domestic abuse in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The organisation’s work involves providing specialist services to women and children, developing strategic partnerships, educating society and building an effective values-based organisation. West Mercia Women’s Aid is looking to appoint a woman to its board of directors and would particularly welcome applications from those with legal knowledge relating to domestic violence and abuse, charity governance, employment and health and safety.
Meetings take place on an ad hoc basis in Hereford.
International Children’s Trust
For nearly 50 years the International Children’s Trust has supported the education, protection and welfare of very vulnerable children, helping them to move beyond the physical and psychological impact of poverty and build a better life. International Children’s Trust is seeking committed and determined trustees to join its Council of Management. Applications would be particularly welcome from those with a professional background in international development, fundraising, finance, charity governance, law, human resources and corporate engagement. Applicants should be able to commit a minimum of 9-12 hours per month.
Council meetings are held every 4-6 weeks, usually in London.
Women and Girls Network
Women and Girls Network (WGN) is a free, women-only service which provides a holistic response to women and girls who have experienced, or are at risk of, gendered violence. Its aim is to promote, preserve, and restore the mental health and wellbeing of women and girls to empower them to make a total and sustainable recovery from the experiences of violence. The charity seeks a trustee who holds feminist values and principles and is strongly committed to advancing WGN’s mission, aims and objectives. Applications would be welcome from those who have an in-depth understanding of the women’s/Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) voluntary sectors, well-established leadership skills, independent judgement and an ability to think strategically and creatively. Previous governance experience is preferred.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in London.
Leeds Beckett Students’ Union
Leeds Beckett Students’ Union is the representative body for students of Leeds Beckett University and provides a range of services for its 26,000 members. The Union is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee with annual revenues of £1 million. Its services include an independent and confidential advice service, two bars, a gig venue, volunteering opportunities, course representatives and over 70 societies. The charity seeks a trustee with strategic vision, good, independent judgement and an ability to think creatively. Applicants should be committed to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Meetings take place bi-monthly at 4 pm in Leeds.
Asian Women Lone Parents Association
Asian Women Lone Parents Association (AWLPA) is a charity supporting Asian women who are lone parents and their children, by providing services that enable them to improve their lives and wellbeing. AWLPA supports and empowers women through one to one and group work, activities, social events, training, volunteering, signposting, referrals and providing information and guidance. The charity seeks to appoint three trustees. Barristers, solicitors and clerks with fundraising, income generation, charity governance and administration, strategic planning and development and company chair and secretary experience would be particularly welcome. The deadline for applications is 1st October 2016.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in Islington, London.
Tower Hamlets Law Centre
Tower Hamlets Law Centre helps some of the most vulnerable people in London’s East End. It provides legal advice and representation, mainly to people who live or work in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Law Centre's clients are from a wide variety of ethnic minority community groups and unemployment and poverty are widespread in the borough, so its services cover welfare benefits, housing, immigration and employment law. The charity seeks to appoint six trustees to its board and would particularly welcome applications from barristers, solicitors and clerks experienced in the management of charitable organisations or with fundraising, financial management, marketing, promotion and public relations, legal services, human resources or local, regional or central government policy and funding experience.
Meetings take place monthly at 6.30 pm in London E14.
CPRE Cornwall, a member of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, campaigns for a beautiful and living Cornwall. It works to protect, promote and enhance the towns, coast and countryside of Cornwall to make them better places to live, work and enjoy. It influences development in Cornwall to ensure that the coast and countryside is protected for future generations and that it retains its historical and cultural distinctiveness. CPRE Cornwall's goal is to ensure that Cornwall follows a model of landscape protection and development that is in harmony with local need. The charity seeks a Branch Chair with leadership, management and organisational development skills and experience, as well as a trustee with good, independent judgement and an ability to think creatively. Applications from barristers, solicitors and clerks or practice managers would be particularly welcome for either of these roles.
Meetings take place quarterly in Cornwall, usually in Truro, Helston or Redruth.
The Simeon Centre
The Simeon Centre is a well-respected local charity and founder member of 1point (north west). For almost 17 years, The Simeon Centre has provided talking therapies free at the point of need to adults within the Bolton community. It also offers placement opportunities for individuals working towards a professional qualification in Counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The Simeon Centre is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic trustee with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, who is a good communicator, has the ability to make decisions and wants to be part of a team.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in the evenings in Bolton, Manchester.
Great Oaks Small School
Great Oaks Small School is a day school for secondary aged students. Many are on the autistic spectrum and, unable to cope with mainstream school, have missed many months of education. Great Oaks Small School operates from a converted farmhouse with a large garden and provides a friendly and nurturing environment. Students are given support, structure and guidance, allowing them to build confidence and self-respect. Many take GCSE and A Level subjects, leading to college or university—outcomes that few had ever dared to hope for. Great Oaks Small School seeks up to three trustees. A legal background could be helpful. However, applications from any parties with an interest in helping young people and good commonsense would be welcome.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in the afternoon in Minster, near Ramsgate.
Based in North Liverpool, Parkhaven Trust provides a wide range of services to support people with dementia, older people and people with learning disabilities. Parkhaven Trust aims to include, support, respect and empower residents, service users and staff. The charity seeks to appoint three trustees with skills and expertise delivering services to older people and people with dementia. Applicants with financial management experience, legal qualifications and an understanding of the social care sector would be particularly welcome.
Meetings take place quarterly in Maghull, Liverpool
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. LGBT Foundation believes in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential. The organisation is passionate about the work they do with LGBT communities and aims to be as inclusive as possible to ensure LGBT voices are heard and their needs are met. The Foundation provides a range of services including counselling and other wellbeing services, HIV testing on site and in the community, sexual health advice, community safety outreach work and a suite of resources available online and via netreach. The charity seeks to appoint up to five new trustees. Applicants with a legal or governance related background would be very welcome. The deadline for applications is the 18th July 2016.
Meetings take place on a quarterly basis on Saturdays in Manchester.
Fitties Community Association
The Humberston Fitties are a colony of around 300 chalets huts and cabins on the Lincolnshire coast. The Community Association exists to stand up for and wherever possible protect the rights and the welfare of Humberston Fitties Community. A challenge currently facing the community is winning the right to remain in the properties during the closed season. The Association seeks to appoint a number of new trustees and would be particularly interested in hearing from those with a background in discrimination or property law.
Meetings take place weekly at 6pm in Humberston.
Rottingdean Whiteway Centre
Rottingdean Whiteway Centre was built by public subscription in 1974, with the twin aims of providing a suitable venue for local clubs and societies to meet, and offering education and leisure courses for the benefit of the local community. The Centre is wholly independent and the education courses are attended mostly by retired people, who now travel considerable distances to do so, following the withdrawal of central funding for lifelong learning opportunities. The Centre is looking to appoint a number of new trustees. Trustees should have an interest in community wellbeing and an appreciation of the value of continuing education and mental engagement. A legal background would be a plus.
Meetings take place monthly at 7pm in Rottingdean.
Lancashire Mind strives to be more than a mental health charity; they are a passionate movement leading the mental wellbeing revolution in Lancashire. Lancashire Mind's vision is mental wellbeing for all and the organisation wants Lancashire to be the beacon county for mental wellbeing. This is because a person with high mental wellbeing is more likely to be happier, healthier and more resilient, and is less likely to develop a mental health condition. The organisation seeks to appoint up to six new trustees with a variety of skills. Applicants with an understanding of charity governance or a background in law would be particularly welcome.
Meetings take place quarterly in Lancashire
Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society
Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society strives to provide the very highest standards of accommodation and support for older people, at a cost which is affordable to all; to continually consult their residents and improve facilities accordingly; to ensure residents' well-being, comfort and safety at all times, and to enhance the quality of their lives in every way possible. Abbeyfield seeks to appoint up to three new trustees. Expertise in the care of older people, health and social housing, property development, marketing, accountancy, or charitable law is desirable.
Meetings take place on a monthly basis in the morning in Bristol.
FPA is a national charity giving straightforward information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK. Their mission is to champion people's right to sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing, through advocacy, information, education and campaigning. FPA seeks to appoint one new trustee to the board, who should be willing to act as honourary treasurer. The role would be particularly suitable for someone with a background in law, finance, or accounting. The deadline for applications is 10 June 2016.
Meetings are held quarterly in London.
Buttle UK is an exciting and creative charity that has been helping children and young people across the UK since 1953 through its endowment and external funding. Buttle UK gives direct and practical help to children, young people, and their families living in poverty, and at a point in their lives where they have nowhere else to turn. The organisation seeks to appoint two new trustees and is particularly interested in recruiting trustees able to represent Scotland and Wales on the Board.
Meetings take please quarterly, 10am-1:30pm, in London SW1P
Mind in Barnet
Mind in Barnet is an independent local charity affiliated to National Mind. Mind in Barnet works to involve service users in the design, delivery and monitoring of mental health services in the London Borough of Barnet. The organisation delivers services in the Borough, and works with local commissioners to try to ensure that local services meet the needs of clients. It is an exciting time to join the Board of trustees; Mind in Barnet recently dis-invested in its building in order to maintain cashflow and the trustees now need to consider how to invest existing assets to develop services and ensure stability for the organisation. The Board seeks to appoint several new trustees, including a Chair. Applications from those with legal experience would be welcomed, with general management experience and an appreciation of the needs of vulnerable people also desirable.
Meetings take place on an ad hoc basis, generally during the day, in Barnet.
The Piot Foundation is currently in the process of registering as a charity. The Foundation was established with the aim of providing innovative and practical solutions to effect positive social change for highly skilled migrants, expatriates, and their families. The organisation's work has three strands; the safeguarding of the mental health and rights of these individuals and their families, the provision of education and training, and research and advocacy work. Current services include the provision of a helpline, as well as guidance, information and educational training. The Foundation would like to recruit several new trustees, including one with a background in either immigration or employment law.
Meetings take place every other month in London.
Relate Cheshire & Merseyside
Relate Cheshire & Merseyside is a local charity forming part of the national Relate federation. It provides a wide range of support services, including relationship counselling, sex therapy, family counselling, young people's counselling, and workshops and courses for both professionals and the public. Their work is based on evidence showing a strong link between healthy relationships and better outcomes for both adult health and child development. Relate Cheshire & Merseyside seeks to appoint two new trustees who will help the Board develop operations into new areas.
Meetings take place quarterly, generally during the day, in Liverpool L2 2AH.
Different Strokes is a national charity dedicated to empowering stroke survivors of working age or younger, plus their families and friends, to reclaim their lives and ambitions through active support. Different Strokes has a nationwide network of groups who provide physical and emotional rehabilitation support to stroke survivors, and the Different Strokes headquarters team offer information and support via online and telephone mediums. The organisation also provides an important voice for younger stroke survivors to Government, service providers, and funders, fighting for better standards and improving understanding. The World Health Organisation has commended Different Strokes' approach, using their provision as a model to provide similar support throughout Europe. Different Strokes is looking to recruit a legally qualified trustee, ideally able to provide expertise relating to contract negotiations and legal issues relating to disability.
Meetings take place on a quarterly basis on Saturdays in London.
Medsin UK aims to help students of any discipline fight global health inequality through education and advocacy projects. They have 32 local branches and national working groups, and work collaboratively with numerous other projects. As well as work on a national level, Medsin UK also provides advocacy resources and workshops to the International Federation of Medical Students, often taking new campaigns to the IFMSA where they can be adopted by other countries. There is currently one trustee vacancy available, with applications from within the legal community particularly welcome.
Meetings take place monthly in the evening in London or online.
Lewisham Disability Coalition
Lewisham Disability Coalition provides advice, guidance, advocacy and support to disabled people on a range of disability equality issues, including welfare rights and disability discrimination (services and employment). LDC is keen to increase the use of pro bono work by law students and firms, as well as enhance the current trustee knowledge base with somebody with a good grounding in company and employment law.
Meetings take place on an ad hoc basis in Lewisham, London.
Mildmay Community Partnership
Mildmay Community Partnership is a registered charity and membership organisation working with and for the community of Mildmay, a ward of Islington in north London. MCP manages the Mildmay Community Centre, an award-winning Passivhaus building available to hire for events, training and community projects. MCP exists to support the residents, organisations and businesses in the Mildmay Ward; in particular to relieve poverty and to develop the capacity and skills of its constituency. MCP seeks to appoint up to four new trustees. A background in law would be particularly desirable.
Meetings take place 6-10 times each year in Islington, London.
Rene Cassin is a charity working to promote and protect universal human rights, drawing on Jewish experience and values. The organisation achieves this by campaigning for change in defined human rights areas through a combination of advocacy, policy analysis, public campaigning and education, and building the capacity of activists and lawyers to promote and protect human rights. Rene Cassin seeks to appoint one new trustee who should have enthusiasm for the charity’s mission and a willingness to commit time and energy to the role.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in the evening in London, NW6 1SD.
Independent Worker Legal Services
The IWLS is a new charity, founded in February 2016, whose main purpose is to provide employment representation and advice to low paid migrant workers who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWUGB). The IWUGB is a new, grassroots trade union which caters mainly for low paid migrant workers and focuses on campaigning for the Living Wage, sick pay, holidays and pensions. Owing to the low level of membership fee Union members are able to afford, the IWLS has been set up to perform the charitable function of providing employment advice and representation. The IWLS will also train volunteer law students and graduates on employment law and representation. They seek to appoint up to three new trustees who are self-motivated, forward thinking and solution focussed. Applicants with an understanding of charity or employment law would be very welcome.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in the evening in London, WC1N 3LZ.
Sussex Disability Football League
Established in 2009, Sussex Disability Football League provides association football to children, young people, and adults across Sussex. There are currently 31 pan-disability teams in the county, including 5 youth teams. Cup and league matches take place monthly between September and June each year. The league is currently supported by the Sussex County Football Association and receives an annual grant from the Football Association, but would like to register as a charity in its own right and is therefore seeking to establish a board of trustees.
Meetings take place on a quarterly basis in Lancing, Sussex BN15 9AX.
BREAD Youth Project
BREAD Youth Project is a charity with a mission to support young people-led social action in the Lawrence Weston area of Bristol, with the ultimate aim of improving young people's health, citizenship, social and personal development. The Lawrence Weston ward is one of the most deprived in the UK, and BREAD makes a difference through a combination of peer and informal education, youth work, and supporting youth volunteers. The work is predominantly delivered through the provision of a safe environment for young people in the form of Juicy Blitz, a juice and smoothie bar. BREAD is looking to recruit up to five new trustees, and seeks a Board that offers a diverse range of skills and experience. Applicants with a legal background would be very welcome, as would those with experience of fundraising, IT, HR, or youth work.
Meetings take place monthly in the evening in Bristol BS11.
Worthing and District Scope
Worthing District and Scope is a local charity providing day care, housing, grants and support to people with developmental conditions such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, and autism. The charity is active across West Sussex, with two day centres and five housing projects, and currently supports 150 service users. To complement the existing board, Worthing and District Scope is looking to appoint up to three new trustees. Applicants with experience in charity legislation or governance within a health and social care context would be especially welcome.
Meetings take place every other month in the evening in Worthing.
L.Sotello Training Ltd is a lean social enterprise operating as a not-for-profit community group aiming to promote diversity in education, social justice, and address isolation. The organisation has a particular interest in supporting the rapidly increasing number of students being educated at home. Current projects include a mentoring and internship scheme, and the development of a summer programme. The organisation is looking to appoint up to three new trustees. Experience of drafting fundraising bids would be very desirable.
Meetings take place monthly via Skype conference.
Friends of the Earth Advice Line
Friends of the Earth (FOE) is an environmental NGO campaigning for nature to be better protected, and for people across the world to enjoy a better standard of living. A core concern is environmental justice and to this end FOE's legal team work with volunteer barristers and solicitors to provide an advice line for members of the public to obtain free planning and environmental advice. FOE is seeking volunteer barristers with some experience of public or administrative law (knowledge of environmental or planning law would be particularly useful) to help staff the line. The service operates on the first and third Wednesday of each month and counsel should be willing to attend one session every two months.
Volunteers should be willing to attend a session every other month, 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesdays in Stockwell.
Revolution Community Care
Revolution Community Care aims to support individuals with mental health problems, and their families, in the Fako Division of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. A combination of outreach and residential support is offered, which is vital in a country where the stigma attached to mental illness remains significant. The organisation is in the process of registering with the UK Charity Commission, and is looking to appoint a number of new trustees. Applicants with experience of charity law and governance, business planning and bid writing, financial management and fundraising, or experience of UK based organisations operating abroad would be particularly welcome.
Meetings take place monthly in Rochdale.
Woodcote High School
Woodcote High School is an academy serving children from 11 to 19 in Coulsdon, Surrey. The school is rated as Good by Ofsted and is striving to become Outstanding. Woodcote High School is currently exploring new opportunities, including the possible development of a Multi Academy Trust whereby groups of individual schools are able to support each other. The school seeks to appoint two new trustees to its board of governors at this exciting time. Ideally new trustees should have either legal or financial/auditing expertise. Applications should be made by the end of February 2016.
Meetings take place monthly, 5:30-7:30pm in Coulsdon, Surrey.
London Schools’ Cricket Association
The LSCA exists to teach cricket to any child aged between 9 and 17 attending a school with a London postcode, aiming to keep cricket alive in an area where there are few facilities available in the state sector. The Association holds training nets at Lord’s and Kia Oval, runs three residential County festivals over the summer, and tours the UK with some age groups. There will be more than 100 fixtures this year. Qualified coaches are paid to provide winter coaching, but work for free at matches. All other staff are volunteers.
Meetings take place monthly on Saturdays between October and March each year at Surrey CCC, SE11 5SS.
Northern College for Adult Residential Education
Northern College is one of four centres in England providing residential educational opportunities to adults from disadvantaged groups and communities. The College's mission is to provide outstanding adult residential and community education for the empowerment and transformation of individuals and communities. The College seeks to appoint a number of new trustees to the board in order to build on its outstanding performance. Trustees should be willing to contribute ideas, share knowledge and skills, and bring a fresh perspective. A legal background would also be very helpful.
Meetings take place quarterly in Stainborough, Nr Barnsley, S75 3ET.
Central YMCA is the world’s first YMCA and a leading education and wellbeing charity, passionately working across the UK and worldwide to offer routes into long term employment through qualifications and training, as well as providing accessible opportunities to improve individuals’ health and wellbeing. Central YMCA’s mission is to create, provide and promote opportunities to develop in mind, body and spirit, especially for the young and those in need. The organisation seeks to appoint one new trustee with the ability to provide guidance to the board and senior leadership on legal matters. Knowledge of property, charity and employment law would be particularly helpful.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening in Central London.
Against All Odds Still Standing UK
Against All Odds Still Standing UK aims to remove stigmas, build confidence and empower the disadvantaged. In the UK the organisation focusses on women and girls who have been victims of domestic violence or abuse, providing a weekly support group in Kent and aiming to establish further therapeutic rehabilitation groups. AAO also operates in Malawi, where it currently supports 60 secondary school aged girls to remain in school, and 40 women with food and other resources.
Meetings take place on an ad hoc basis, generally on Thursdays at 7pm in Dartford.
Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd
Coldharbour Mill is a small independent charity in Devon working to preserve Coldharbour Mill at Uffculme and to provide a public working museum. A recent substantive grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed the initation of an ambitious long-term development plan which aims to establish the Mill and Museum as the premier textile heritage centre in the South West. The Trust seeks to appoint four new trustees, at least two of whom should have legal experience. An interest in textiles or heritage would be useful but not essential, and the Trust seeks to appoint individuals who would benefit from involvement as must as the charity would benefit from their input. Expressions of interest should be made by March 2016.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in Uffculme, Cullompton.
Community Support Network South London (CSN)
CSN is a Brixton based user-led mental health charity providing mental health advocacy services in and around Lambeth. CSN works in forensic, in-patient, and community settings, aiming to ensure that the rights of service users are protected, and that users are adequately and truly involved in decisions about their care and treatment. The organisation is seeking trustees to join a small and friendly Management Committee.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in the evening in Lambeth.
Pinn Medical Centre Patients’ Association (PMCPA)
The PMCPA exists to assist in the relief of sickness and the protection and preservation of public health by providing services which support the activities of the Pinn Medical Centre. The organisation aims to assist patients by providing services such as transport, shopping and home visiting for patients and those caring for them, and by funding the purchase of equipment for the PMC and assisting with projects which would not usually be covered by statutory funds. The PMCPA seeks to appoint a number of new trustees to the board, ideally with some experience of charity law, law generally, or fundraising.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening in Pinner.
Lewisham Youth Theatre
Lewisham Youth Theatre provides free high quality drama projects for young people aged 3-24 who live or learn in Lewisham, with the aim that all who take part gain increased wellbeing and greater life-chances. Lewisham Youth Theatre believes that participation in theatre leads to the development and empowerment of young people. They commit to ensuring this opportunity is available to all young people in the area, and that no one should be excluded because of economic or social background. The organisation seeks candidates with legal skills/experience, but would be particularly interested to hear from those with knowledge of employment law, charity law, or the law surrounding child protection and social services.
Meetings take place quarterly on weekdays 7-9pm in Catford, Lewisham.
Access All Areas
Access All Areas is an award winning theatre company for adults with learning disabilities based in Hackney, London. As well as mounting professional touring productions through a performance company, Access All Areas runs a range of exciting and innovative projects so that people with all levels of learning disability can bring their own creative voices to their lives and communities. Access All Areas believes passionately in the importance of including learning disabled artistic voices at all levels of society, to help create an artistic community that is made more vibrant, more varied, and more relevant by including a range of voices. The organisation seeks to appoint one new trustee to the board, ideally with organisational development experience. Potential trustees are asked to send a CV or list of skills, along with a brief statement about why they are interested in joining the Board. The deadline for applications is 7th December 2015.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening in Hoxton, London.
Women’s Work (Derbyshire) Ltd
Women’s Work has been delivering a range of support services and interventions to disadvantaged and vulnerable women since 2003, achieving positive outcomes for many individuals with multiple and complex health and emotional needs. They aim to improve the health, wellbeing and aspirations of women with complex needs by providing intensive support, information, in particular targeting services at those individuals affected by drug and alcohol use. Women’s Work seeks two new trustees, ideally with skills in law, HR, PR or marketing.
Meetings take place on a monthly basis, 6-8pm in Derby (DE1 2GU)
The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
The Friends manage a 33-acre old cemetery site in East London on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council. They aim to preserve the unique East End heritage for future generations, develop and manage the site's impressive biodiversity and maximise its educational and learning potential. The site is currently used by more than 8,000 school children as part of their national curriculum education, and the Friends are in the process of extending areas of learning to include adult groups. The organisation is also seeking to acquire a community centre from which to base operations. The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park seeks to appoint two new trustees.
Meetings take place monthly at 7pm in Mile End, London.
Bread Winners is a new charity bringing communities together and changing lives by helping those struggling with employment to set up their own bread businesses, delivering fresh, high quality bread to customers’ doors by bicycle. Working with partner charities who refer their clients to Bread Winners, the organisation provides participants with the equipment, micro-funding and support they need to set up and progress their own businesses. By doing so they gain skills and confidence, and earn a sustainable income delivering bread to customers fresh from partner bakeries across London. Bread Winners seeks to appoint one new trustee from a legal background.
Meetings take place on a bi-monthly basis in the evening in Central London.
Relate Bedfordshire and Luton
Relate Bedfordshire and Luton is an independent charity devoted to building stronger relationships. They help with issues such as breakups, communication difficulties, affairs, sexual problems, step-families, retirement, self-esteem, a new baby, in fact anything that has an effect on relationships, by providing a range of counselling and support services to people in the local area. Relate Bedfordshire and Luton seeks to appoint three new trustees. They would like to hear from candidates who have a legal background, ideally in family law, and those with IT, fundraising or research skills.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening in Bedford (MK40 1SQ).
Chaos Theory is a violence prevention charity working mainly with high risk 18-25 year olds in Waltham Forest. Chaos Theory’s overarching aim is to prevent lethal violence from occurring in the area. Their programme uses ‘Violence Interrupters’ to identify potentially violent incidents and provide long-term support for the young people and families involved. The Violence Interrupters identify and work with individuals who are involved in violence either as a perpetrator or victim, and assist them in finding alternative ways of settling disputes. They also provide resettlement support and mentoring. Chaos Theory also operates a Prison Resettlement Service throughout the UK. The charity seeks to appoint three new trustees and would like to hear in particular from candidates with an involvement in or understanding of criminal justice, the prison or probation service, or the work of social services.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening in Woodford Green.
Zacchaeus 2000 Trust
Z2K is a London based anti-poverty charity which provides support, advice and representation to those at risk of homelessness or in dispute with the welfare benefits system. They work through employed caseworkers and volunteers, including law students and from law firms, to ensure those on low incomes understand their rights and can restore their housing situations and finances to stability. Z2K also campaigns for policies which will improve the lives of its clients and against laws and practices which operate unfairly or oppressively against them. Z2K seeks applicants with experience in fundraising, marketing or campaigning, and also need someone with experience of the operation of the justice system at a senior level, with a network amongst those with influence within the legal world.
Meetings take place quarterly at 6pm in central London (SW1W)
Home-Start Redbridge believes children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving children a good start in life and helping them to achieve their full potential. They aim to work in partnership with parents by supporting and encouraging them through the early years of family life. Home-Start Redbridge aims:
- to assist parents and carers in Redbridge with children under five, who are marginalised or socially and economically excluded, to feel more confident in their parenting.
- to support families to feel less isolated and for parents and carers to have better support networks which reduce their isolation and experiences of depression.
- to encourage children under five to gain confidence and social skills and be better prepared for school.
- to empower volunteers, many of whom will be previous service users, to gain skills and experience which will help them contribute to their local communities and ultimately secure employment.
Home-Start Redbridge seeks to appoint up to four new trustees. Applicants should have legal, financial, IT, social work or fundraising skills and should also be committed, enthusiastic, and a team player. You can find more information here: www.homestartredbridge.org.uk.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening or at weekends in Ilford.
Dyspraxia Action provides half the cost of fees for older children and adults to access a diagnostic assessment of Dyspraxia when they are on low incomes. This diagnosis opens doors for adults and children in terms of employment and education. The NHS provides a limited diagnostic service for young children, but not older children or adults who would otherwise need to pay for an assessment. Dyspraxia Action! monitors outcomes for a year following diagnosis and sees excellent results. For more information please see www.dyspraxia-action.org.
Meetings take place every other month at varying times in Faversham, Kent.
Elders Voice is a small charity in the heart of Kensal Green, which has been working with and for older people since 1993. The organisation provides practical and social opportunities to people ranging in age from 50 years upwards, and their services aim to be as varied as the people who use them. Elders Voice’s objectives are to: keep people safe, secure and independent in their own homes for as long as possible, to provide day care provision for frail older people and older people with dementia offer befriending services for older isolated people, to offer exciting opportunities for people to make friends, learn new skills, and finally to have fun. Elders Voice has a strong local reputation earned over many years of delivering quality services to older people in Brent. Elders Voice invites people of all ages and backgrounds to apply. Language skills and/or a background in legal services, marketing, PR or fundraising would be a bonus.
Meetings take place on a monthly basis at 6pm in London.
Age UK Southampton
Age UK Southampton is committed to providing support and services to all older people, and those who care for them, living in the Southampton area. The organisation aims to reduce isolation, poverty and health inequality, to promote positive ageing and independence, and to inform people of their rights and choices. Their approach is holistic, person-centred, and non-judgemental, with services delivered in a professional, confidential and efficient way. Age UK Southampton seeks to appoint 2-3 new trustees to the Board, and would particularly welcome applications from those with legal experience, or a background in commercial or business development, fundraising, or HR.
Meetings take place on a monthly basis in Southampton.
Omni Arts is dedicated to empowering communities to meet social cause through the provision and development of locally based recreational, arts and cultural opportunities. Omni Arts believes local communities possess great talent, and that these communities can be galvanised and empowered through articulation of their skills, boosting local participation and cohesion. The charity aims to articulate local need by conceptualising, managing and/or delivering engaging and unique events intended to create a sense of local cohesion, identity and empowerment. Such events might include real world or virtual world happenings, interactive exhibitions, digital projects, art or theatrical expositions, a combination of all of these or more. Omni Arts is in the process of registering with the Charity Commission with a view to becoming an incorporated charity. There are vacancies for a Treasurer and two Trustees. Applicants should have a strong empathy with the mission of Omni Arts, with applicants for the role of Treasurer possessing a good understanding of charity accounting and finances.
Meetings will take place on a bi-monthly basis in London.
Adullam Homes Housing Association
Adullam Homes is a specialist independent Housing Association with a Christian ethos that provides vulnerable people with quality housing and support, as well as accredited training and employment opportunities through social enterprise. They have ambitious growth plans for the next five years in order to expand the breadth and depth of the transformation currently offered to residents. Adullam Homes seeks to appoint up to four trustees to the Board and while they are looking for specific expertise in either legal, IT, social enterprise, or strategic housing management, they are most interested in recruiting individuals who are able and willing to help achieve the Association's strategic objectives through professionalism and commitment.
Meetings take place bi-monthly in West Bromwich, generally 3pm-7pm.
Sound Connections’ mission is to develop, enable and empower young Londoners through music. The organisation achieves this by encouraging young people to shape their own musical opportunities, championing professional development with those delivering and managing music opportunities in London, identifying and sharing models of best practice in music, and collecting and sharing evidence of the impact of musical opportunities. Sound Connections has been delivering landmark music programmes across the capital since 2002, and has more than 4,500 members. You can see more about Sound Connections' work here: www.sound-connections.org.uk.
Meetings take place quarterly, on Wednesdays between 4 and 6.30pm, in London.
Claro Enterprises is a registered charity with more than 20 years’ experience of providing services to the community of the Harrogate District. Claro Enterprises aims to provide a sheltered workshop facility for people with long-term, severe, and enduring mental health problems. It specialises in making woodwork products for a range of customers and undertaking piece-work for local companies. Around 40 clients currently work in the workshop. Claro seeks to appoint two new trustees to the board, who ideally would have experience in the legal sector, marketing, or the business and public sectors. An understanding of mental health issues and the challenges faced by people experiencing long-term mental health problems would also be very helpful.
Meetings currently take place on the third Monday of every month in Starbeck, Harrogate.
Waltham Forest Community Transport Ltd
Community Transport Waltham Forest is a vibrant Social Enterprise based in Waltham Forest providing assisted transport services to local voluntary and community organisations in Waltham Forest and Newham. The organisation provides accessible transport at low cost on a self-drive or driver provided basis supporting organisations and service users with mobility problems. They seek to appoint three new trustees with skills in general business, marketing, HR, fundraising, or health and social care.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening in Waltham Forest.
Temple Legal Centre
Temple Legal Centre (TLC) is dedicated to providing parents, guardians, carers, and others involved in family matters and proceedings with free legal advice. TLC aims to run a regular weekly legal surgery of solicitors and barristers, offering 30 minutes of free advice to clients on low or no income within the M25 area. The service is currently by appointment only. TLC currently seeks to appoint a trustee with a background in fundraising or advice work, with technical or IT skills would also extremely welcome. Interested applicants are invited to submit CVs and covering letters.
Meetings take place on an ad hoc basis in Central London.
Langworthy Cornerstone Association Ltd
Langworthy Cornerstone Association Ltd is a charity working to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Salford, especially those in Seedley and Langworthy. The Association manages a large multi-purpose community centre in Salford, providing a range of services to local people. These include health activities, a GP surgery, a café promoting healthy food, and childcare and family support. Educational activities, advice, one to one support, room hire and office accommodation is also offered. Applications from individuals with experience of charity law, or a broad-based legal expertise would be very welcome.
Meetings take place every other month on Monday evenings in Salford.
Music Therapy Works
Music Therapy Works seeks to provide music therapy to vulnerable children and adults in the West Midlands region and beyond. Their HCPC registered arts psychotherapists work one to one and with small groups of clients, addressing a variety of issues. Music Therapy Works’ intensive work uses improvised music to address issues, often without recourse to words. Clinical programmes include communication enhancement; addressing issues of behaviour; assisting in processing trauma; working with those likely to offend; and supporting those with life-limiting conditions. Current clients include children and adults with learning disabilities; young people with complex emotional, behavioural, social and mental health issues; and elderly care work with people having advanced dementia. Applications from individuals with knowledge of employment law would be particularly welcome.
Meetings take place quarterly in the evening in Bromsgrove, Birmingham.
Two Ridings Community Foundation
Two Ridings Community Foundation is an independent grant-making charity. The organisation is one of 48 Community Foundations across the UK with Two Ridings covering North and East Yorkshire, York and Hull. The charity aims to connect people who care with causes that matter. They encourage philanthropy and seek donors to build long-term endowment funds to provide local grant making for today and future generations. Two Ridings Community Foundation works with other strategic grant making organisations, such as Comic Relief, and People's Health Trust to distribute community benefit funds. They also distribute family funds, named funds on behalf of donors, and are a safe haven for dormant or inactive funds. Applicants with some knowledge of charity law would be very welcome.
Meetings take place quarterly, 3-5pm in Stamford Bridge, York.
Safe Child Africa
Safe Child Africa wants all children in Africa to live safe, happy lives and grow up without fear of violence, abuse or neglect. The organisation works on two key, related priorities: supporting children in crisis, and preventing and reducing the abuse of children's rights. Safe Child Africa's work currently focuses on Southern Nigeria, where the charity works with a network of local partner organisations. Their ambition is to expand to reach other African countries, so that more children can live safe and happy lives. Applicants with experience in either contract or employment law would be particularly welcome.
Meetings take place quarterly in Manchester.
Trevi House is a unique rehabilitation Unit in Plymouth which allows women with drug or alcohol problems to undergo residential treatment without being separated from their children. The organisation has offered this specialist service for 21 years, providing an onsite nursery for young children and a 24 week residential placement with a supported detox and structured rehabilitation programme, including one to one counselling and peer support, for women. Trevi House seeks to appoint a new trustee who ideally would have knowledge of either the drug or alcohol treatment field, or experience in child protection.
Meetings take place monthly in the evening in Plymouth.
Leiston, Saxmundham & District Citizens Advice Bureau
Leiston, Saxmundham & District Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice to all. The Bureau aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face; and equally to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. Applications from those with business skills or an understanding of the legal system are particularly sought as the Board wishes to appoint someone with an understanding of Charity Commission principles who will be able to have an input into the Bureau’s governance.
Meetings take place quarterly, usually on Wednesdays at 3:30pm in Leiston.
Home-Start South West Kent
Home-Start South West Kent is a family support charity offering parental support and practical help to families living in Tonbridge, Mallin, and Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Home-Start trains and supervises local volunteers to offer 1:1 flexible support to families in their own homes, equipping them to give their children the best start in life. The families may be struggling to cope because of stress, family conflict, multiple births or health problems. Applications from those with legal, HR, PR or fundraising experience would be particularly welcome.
Meetings take place quarterly, generally 10am - 12pm in Southborough.
Thanet Early Years Project
Thanet Early Years Project is a charity working with young people and their families throughout Thanet in Kent. They aim to provide affordable, high quality and accessible services for young children and their parent and carers, and to promote family welfare in a holistic way. The Project would welcome applications from those with a legal background and those experienced in strategic business management.
Meetings take place monthly in the evening in Ramsgate.
Salford Third Sector Consortium
Salford Third Sector Consortium was formed by Salford's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector in order to access the growing opportunities to attract funding, secure contracts, and enable joint service planning. This ultimately leading to improved services and opportunities for the people of Salford. Recent successes include registration on the Salford City Council's Approved Providers List for Personalisation, and the council's framework for Public Health. The Consortium has won contracts from Salford NHS and Salford College to provide mental health support to older people and deliver a Community Learning Programme respectively. A number of small grants to support capacity building have also been secured. The Consortium seeks to appoint a trustee with a background in the private, public or voluntary sector. Experience of charity law or public procurement would be of particular interest.
Meetings take place on the last Friday of every month (mornings) in Eccles, Salford.
Tower Hamlets Community Transport
Tower Hamlets Community Transport is a charity which aims to alleviate social isolation and enhance well-being through the provision of transport where public or privately owned alternatives are not available. THCT’s core services include minibus hire to social care and leisure groups, maintenance and garage services, training in minibus driving, safety and passenger assistance, and advice on the purchase of vehicles and contract management schemes.
Meetings take place bi-monthly usually in the afternoon in London.