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Looking for several new trustees to expand the skills and abilities of our Board

Trustee / Committee volunteers needed for Chemogiftbags

Chemogiftbags are a very small (income £14k p.a.) charity who provide important free gifts for women and men who have undergone a diagnosis for breast cancer and are having chemotherapy.
By providing this free support in a difficult time for cancer patients, Chemogiftbags supports and improves the lives of cancer patients, principally in the Thames Valley.

We are looking for several new trustees to expand the skills and abilities of our Board. You don’t necessarily need experience of people surviving breast cancer, but you must have empathy with our cause and a willingness to help our beneficiaries.
In particular, we’d like trustees to have ANY of these areas of expertise:
Social media & marketing; Resource gathering and networking; Funding, fundraising, grant-writing; Business planning and governance.

We also want to expand the diversity of our Board, in all aspects. We are a charity not a business, but we want you to help us apply good business principles in governing our organisation. We welcome potential trustees with ideas and expertise from a variety of backgrounds.

The focus of a trustee role is strategic and you don’t need to be directly involved in the organisation’s operations on a day-to-day basis, although you’ll need to communicate with other trustees and our operational volunteers.
We ask for about ten hours per month including all meetings, correspondence, communication, etc.
This is a voluntary role and reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.

We’re looking for:
An outline understanding of breast cancer survival and its impact on our beneficiaries would be welcome; empathy with our cause is essential

Strategic vision; good, independent judgement

Willingness to speak your mind and appropriately challenge other trustees; able to make unpopular recommendations to the Board, if necessary

Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team for the good governance of the organisation

Commitment to the organisation; willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

Secure personal access to digital communication technology and able to competently and efficiently use those resources

Having appropriate contacts & networks, with willingness to draw on those as needed

The Board meets quarterly (or more often if/as required) for approx. 1 ½ hours in Woodley, Reading, although meetings are currently all run using Zoom.
You will be dedicate about ten hours per month to the role, sometimes more, including preparation for and attendance at board meetings; many of your duties may be carried out online and by phone/video.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Mike Allen, Trustee Recruitment & Liaison
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01344 383 519
Contact instructions?
Email preferred, or phone Tues-Thur only

Location description
Across greater Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Trustee / Committee
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleAnalytical thinkingBusiness orientatedNetworkerSerious and determinedCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Induction and formal trustee training if needed
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From other trustees and local support organisations
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Reimbursement of reasonable expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
3
Opportunity added on
24 March 2021

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