Host Organisation: The Positive Herd project

The Positive Herd Project are an equine welfare organisation currently in the process of registering as a CIO. We would really like more trustees to assist with the governance of the group and guide decisions towards our goals, aims and objectives while honouring our constitution.

Opportunity Interests: Animals, Children and Young People, Families, People who are unemployed, People with Disabilities, People with Drug & Alcohol Issues, People with Learning Disabilities, People with Mental Health Issues, Women
Type of Activity: Accountancy / Finance, Administration, Business Development, Fundraising, Trusteeship
Location: Alderley Edge, Sandbach
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Anytime


The Positive Herd Project is an equine welfare group in the process of registering as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Our aims are to offer rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming to horses in need, sanctuary to those that cannot be rehomed, to educate people on ethical horse care and training, and also to offer equine assisted therapy. We have a strict ethical code and strive to have a science based and positive approach to all our practises.
We’re currently seeking new board trustees to assist with the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation as we move towards becoming a registered charity. The trustees are responsible for overseeing the organisation’s activities and making sure that they meet the aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the constitution, legal and regulatory guidelines.

The Role

Trustee positions need an approximate commitment of 12 hours a month, as well as being able to attend board meetings every 3 months. Board meetings are held at a location and time to suit attendees. The amount of work varies, and there are always opportunities to be more involved, especially as we’re a relatively new organisation. Excluding board meetings the role is based at home, and is completely flexible with regards to time management.
Support is given to new trustees in the form of full induction training, and opportunities to access additional training as and when required. Reasonable expenses will be paid on a monthly basis.

Trustee Duties

* To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
* To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
* To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
* To contribute actively to the board of trustees' by attending regular meetings and voting on key matters.
* To give strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
* To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
* To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
* To ensure the financial stability and ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds.
* Use their specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustee’s reach sound decisions.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

Trustee Person Specification

An ideal trustee should have the following attributes:
• Feels passionately about promoting animal welfare, particularly force free training.
• Flexible and willing to devote the necessary time and effort.
• Self-motivated and organised.
• Reliable and accountable.
• Good person skills, able to work well as a team.
• Dedicated and enthusiastic about our shared mission.
• Adept in ICT with access to a computer.

We’re especially looking for someone with skills and experience in the following areas:
• Finance, accounting and budgeting.
• Fundraising and grant applications.
• Strategic planning.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: Yes
Details of Gender or Age Restrictions: Trustees must be over 18 years old.
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Reasonable expenses covered on a monthly basis.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Full induction training provided. The trustee will be given the opportunity for continued professional development and further training as and when required. Training on equine management, training and welfare are regularly available.

What training is available for the volunteer?: