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Looking for Chair with leadership experience to lead our Board as it grows

Trustee / Committee volunteer needed for Sadaka

Sadaka is seeking a Chair with leadership experience to lead our Board as it grows and expands. This is an exciting time to join the Board as it charts the future direction of the charity.

We not only provide fresh meals for sustenance but also offer opportunities to improve our service users’ quality of life and therefore, societal integration. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in voluntary sector governance at board level, fundraising and marketing.
Becoming a Trustee at Sadaka is a hugely rewarding role, helping us support the most vulnerable in our community by providing essentials like hot meals, toiletries, clothes and books. Providing these services in a welcoming, unquestioning environment has been the mainstay of our work over the past three years. Our service is relied upon by those in need, and we have never let anyone down. In line with the rest of the country, the numbers of those whom we serve has increased over the time we’ve been in existence, to about 120. The pandemic has added to the groups we support, changed aspects of how we deliver our services, and made us adapt the approach we have taken to fund-raising and marketing. Our charity culture is collaborative and supportive with respect for others, a fundamental principle.

In addition to our meal services since inception in 2017, we expanded our services in 2020; we now serve weekly meals to another disadvantaged group (refugees) and launched a training programme, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. Service users are able to join this programme to build their confidence, and gain basic workplace and employability skills.

The role of Chair is voluntary.
Trustees meet monthly. You may also be invited to join one of the committees, which meet about 6 times a year.
New Trustees will be able to take advantage of our on-going formal and informal training, aimed at ensuring board members remain up to date on good governance, including their responsibilities and liabilities.

Sadaka’s Vision:
To provide for the needy in Reading with an ethos of giving without judgement or bias.

Our Pillars:

  • A relentless focus on provision of basics to those in need
  • A commitment to equality and diversity
  • A commitment to community cohesion, while ensuring the highest standards of professional and accountable behaviour.

If you would like an informal chat about the role and a copy of the Person specification and Role Description, please contact us via the email below.
To apply, please send your CV (including details of key achievements and responsibilities) with a covering letter which addresses the competencies outlined in the person specification and role description to Sunila Lobo, Chair, Sadaka, via her email: sunila@sadakagives.org.uk.
Sadaka is committed to safeguarding and expects all trustees, members, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and two references.

Contact person firstname
Sunila Lobo, Trustee
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
Location address line 1
46 Eastern Avenue

Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
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 PMSat AMSat PMSun AMSun PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Trustee (monthly) and Committee meetings (6x/year) are usually held on weekend mornings.
Task type?
Trustee / Committee
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeSelf organised/motivatedAnalytical thinkingLeaderNetworkerSupportiveCreativeCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Training description
With RVA, through Induction and shadowing current Chair.
Is support given?
Description of support
From Chair and Trustees, Meetings and Newsletter, Regular contact with volunteers.
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel expenses, where it is outside normal service.
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
23 February 2021

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