Host Organisation: The Together Trust

Help shape the future of one of the North West's leading disability, education and care charities! Use your expertise to steer innovation and drive our journey towards greater inclusion. It’s an exciting time to join as we plan to deliver even greater impact to the people we support.

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, Families, People with Disabilities, People with Learning Disabilities, Social and Community Care
Type of Activity: Providing Advice, Trusteeship
Location: Outside of Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Monday EVE, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Tuesday EVE, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Wednesday EVE, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Thursday EVE, Friday AM, Friday PM, Friday EVE

We’re one of the North West’s leading disability charities. We help children, adults, parents and carers, delivering individual care, support and education to thousands of people each year. We are proud to offer warm and nurturing homes for children and young people, special education, community services, help for families, therapy, and specialist support.

We would like to expand our Board of Trustees and it is an exciting time to join us. We are currently shaping our new five year plan to deliver even greater impact to the people and families we support, which you will have a key role in shaping and influencing. We have also embarked on a journey to improve equality, diversity and inclusion across our governance and leadership structure, our workforce and our services.

You have a significant opportunity to help shape the strategic direction of one of the North West’s oldest and largest care charities. Working in collaboration with the people we support to provide evidence to help to influence policymakers
and make lasting societal change.

What do Trustees do?

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for agreeing the strategic direction of the charity, setting the budgetary framework and deciding upon major undertakings. Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Together Trust, ensuring that it is well-run and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it was formed. The Board ensures that all of its decisions and actions are consistent with the charity’s values. This involves actively participating in meetings, offering advice, scrutinising reports and board papers, and engaging in the collective decision making process.

In particular, we are looking for a Trustee with safeguarding knowledge to join our Safeguarding Scrutiny Subgroup play an essential role in ensuring the people we support are kept safe from harm. You would become familiar with the Trust’s safeguarding policies and procedures together with local authority guidance and policies relating to safeguarding children and adults at risk. You will also attend any relevant training, seminars, briefings and conferences recommended by the Trust to ensure your knowledge and understanding remains consistent with legislation and guidance both local and national.

We would like you to be able to champion safeguarding issues within the Trust. This includes encouraging all Trustees and Governors to develop their understanding of the Trust’s safeguarding responsibilities, assisting the Board to perform their statutory functions and responsibilities, as outlined in https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safeguarding-duties-for-charity-trustees.

This is a truly unique charity, with people who care deeply about what they do. If you believe you have the
experience and qualities we’re looking for, then we would love to hear from you.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

As a Trustee you will need:

• a commitment to the vision, mission and values of the Together Trust
• to be willing to meet the minimum time requirement
• integrity
• good strategic vision and independent judgement
• creative thinking skills
• teamworking skills
• an understanding of the experiences, needs and challenges faced by the people we support (or a willingness to learn more)
• to comply to our Code of Conduct and Together Trust policies.

We would particularly welcome applications from people with knowledge of special education.

We are actively encouraging applications from people who are black, Asian, or a minoritized ethnicity, disabled, LGBTQ+ and/or have varying levels of educational attainment. We particularly welcome applications from younger people aged 18 to 30.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
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?:

Travel expenses and food if working multiple hours over mealtimes. 45p per mile or the cost of the public transport ticket.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

We recognise that if you are new to trusteeship you may wish to take up our offer of a mentor who is also an existing Trustee – this person will support you in your new role. You are also supported by our Board and the Trust’s Governance team.

One of the benefits of volunteering is being able to access learning and development opportunities relevant to the role, including safeguarding, inclusion, data protection, and health and safety.

We are committed to providing an inclusive experience for all those who want to apply for a role, and we
are committed to removing any barriers in our recruitment processes. If you have difficulty applying online,
we can send a paper application pack or support in other ways such as telephone or video call. For video
calls, we will make use of closed captioned subtitling.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

The role and responsibilities of Trustees, safeguarding, data protection, health & safety, equality diversity and inclusion.