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Help us to grow our services and keep things running smoothly

Trustee / Committee volunteer needed for Ridgeline Trust in RG6

Ridgeline Trust is seeking to increase our Board of Trustees in order help grow our services and maintain the smooth running of the Charity, which provides Social and Therapeutic Horticultural Therapy for people with experience of physical or mental disabilities and other special needs. We strongly believe that gardening and meeting people is good for you. We employ qualified Horticultural Therapists and are supported by around 25 volunteers. Details are on our website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk

We are well established in a beautiful award- winning garden close to the University of Reading with a good reputation locally. We have an all-weather accessible pavilion,opened in 2013 and heated polytunnel and greenhouse . We are seeking to increase the number of our clients for our professional service. This is an exciting time for someone to join our friendly and committed organisation to help us drive forward and realise our plans for the future.

Gardening skills are not required, but we are looking for people who have an interest in our work and would like to be actively involved in the running of our Charity.
The role to the Trustee includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ensuring the aims of the Charity are effectively fulfilled
  • Setting and defining goals and values
  • Developing strategy and our policies
  • Participating in Business Planning and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Promoting and protecting the interests and reputation of the Charity
  • Ensuring that the Charity is run properly and legally
  • Ensuring accountability and maintaining proper financial and other controls
  • Supporting the operational management of the organisation

Trustees will be expected to attend monthly Board Meetings in our all-weather Pavilion, which is fully wheelchair accessible with adjacent parking. These are normally held on Monday or Wednesday evenings, although we do sometimes hold day time meetings and could do so more often if that would be more convenient.
Trustees keep closely in touch between Board meetings consulting and advising on a wide variety of organisational and operational matters.

Contact person firstname
Graham Johnson, Company Secretary and Chair of Trustees
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 9261 790
0779 6092 041
Contact instructions?
In the first instance please contact us by email
Location address line 1
Ridgeline Therapeutic Garden
Line 2
25 Whiteknights Road

Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Monthly Trustee meetings plus AGM and occasional sub committee or working group meetings day or eveningas convenient. Involvement in our two main Fundraising events Plant Sale and Harvest Fete is encouraged.
Trustees keep in touch between meetings mainly by email from home
Task type?
Trustee / Committee
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloPrecise and methodicalDecisiveBusiness orientatedNegotiatorNetworkerCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
Induction training given by colleagues plus external couses and online guidance available
Is support given?
Description of support
From Chair and fellow trustees
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel expenses can be claimed and any expenses on behalf of the charity can be reimbursed
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
30 October 2019

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