Trustees

Trustees

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Would you like to join an organisation committed to making a difference in the local Havant Borough community?

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Citizens Advice Havant (CAH) are looking for new voluntary Trustees  to join our current team of six to improve our breadth of skills.  We are seeking Trustees with one or more of the following: funding expertise (institutional and/or corporate); or social media expertise; or a Havant Borough resident with lived experience; or a Havant Borough resident under the age of 35 years.

Previous Board or Trustee experience is not necessary and we welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds. We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Trustee Board and we welcome applications from all sections of the local Havant Borough community.  Our induction process will provide you with the knowledge and support that will allow you to be an effective CAH Trustee.

CAH is the local ‘go to’ advice organisation offering holistic help to people with difficulties with issues such as benefits, debt, employment and housing.  We are here for everyone.  We provide free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems, working to fix the underlying causes.  We are a voice for people on the issues that matter to them.  We value diversity, champion equality and challenge discrimination.

CAH is a member of the national Citizens Advice charity - which means we have access to fantastic quality assured services, resources and support provided by the national organisation - but as an independent charity, we’re responsible for running our own affairs within agreed standards. CAH has been present in Havant since the 1960s. Over the decades the service has adapted and changed but has remained relevant to the needs of the local population, being reflective of the societal and economic environment in which people are living. We operate from spacious refurbished offices located in Havant town centre, along with several satellite outreaches and a variety of phone/online channels.  Our highly skilled team of eighteen mainly part-time staff and over sixty volunteers support more than 8,000 clients a year and the local benefit of our support has been assessed at £5.5million per year.  Our annual operating costs are around £400K.

What skills do I need?

We would expect you to:

  • be willing to commit to a full three-year term as a Trustee of CAH
  • be available to attend: quarterly meetings of our Trustee Board (currently held in-person in late afternoons); meetings of one Board Committee; annual away-day; and our AGM
  • be able to commit at least five days per year to fully meet the expectations of being a CAH Trustee.  [Note: In their first year, the Trustee induction process will increase this by an additional three days]
  • act in the best interests of CAH’s clients, staff and volunteers
  • work as one member of a team helping to shape the strategic direction of the organisation
  • have good independent judgement to lead CAH
  • have a commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service
  • be either a current resident of Havant Borough, or living no more than a one hour commute to the Meridian Centre in Havant.

The role of Trustee is a voluntary one but reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. 

Being a Trustee with CAH offers you the opportunity to make a real contribution to our local Havant Borough community and to guide one of the best known and longest established charities through its latest stage of development.

A survey by Getting OnBoard (www.gettingonboard.org) in 2022 revealed that: 96% of trustees say they’ve learned new skills through their role; 73% say it has boosted their confidence; 84% said that it made them happier; and 86% say it’s a good complement to professional and family life.  We look forward to you joining us on an exciting and fulfilling journey.

If you would like more information about becoming a CAH Trustee, then please register your interest. The deadline is Thursday 30 November, 2023.

Posted for Citizens Advice Havant

Posted by Volunteer First

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Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When is this role available?

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Location:

Meridian Centre
57 Elm Lane
Havant
Hampshire
PO9 1UN

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