Glasgow ESOL Forum is a charity based in Glasgow that supports asylum seekers, refugees, and New Scots to learn English. We deliver SQA accredited classes as well as less formal community-based learning opportunities. This is an exciting time as we develop a new strategic plan and look forward to the recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer, and a period of consolidation and change.
We are looking for people to join our Board to bring their skills, expertise, and perspectives. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups and those with lived experience of ESOL services.
We would like to further strengthen our Board in the areas of finance, income generation and fundraising, and marketing and communications. Most importantly, we want applicants who are passionate about what we do and have a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
The commitment now we are looking for is around 3 hours per month, preparing for and attending our Board meetings. We meet annually for a strategy and training day. We are currently reviewing the frequency of our meetings.
Can you help us achieve our vision: ‘a Scotland where all parents and families are valued and supported to give children the best possible start in life’?
This an exciting opportunity to join a small yet powerful charity dedicated to influencing policy and practice for parents, children, and families.
Parenting Across Scotland (PAS) is a membership organisation that supports parents and families. We find out what matters to parents and families and what they need, and we raise this with policymakers including politicians. We also share research, policy and good practice with people who work with families. We support the development of innovative national test solutions such as the recent Open Kindergarten model of support to parents and caregivers. The charity has made a significant difference since setting up in 2008, and has contributed to important changes in public policy for parents and caregivers.
Our members are major charities that work with children and families: Aberlour, Children in Scotland, Contact Scotland, Families Affected by Drugs and Alcohol, Families Outside, Home-Start, One Parent Families Scotland, Relationships Scotland, and Scottish Adoption. Their diversity allows us to bring depth and resonance when we advocate on behalf of parents.
We are entering a new phase.
We have refined our strategy in recent months and are recruiting a new chief executive to put it into action. Elements of our strategy include diversifying our sources of income and bringing sharper focus to our work programme. We want PAS to contribute significantly to improving families’ lives and the longer-term outcomes for children and young people.
What we are looking for
We are recruiting new members to our board of trustees to help us achieve our vision and strategy. This an exciting opportunity to join a small yet powerful charity dedicated to influencing policy and practice for parents, children and families. New trustees will have the chance to develop their own skills and interests while working with fellow trustees to guide and support the new chief executive. You will receive any training you need to carry out this valued role.
We are looking for new members with a variety of experience and skills, and from all walks of life. We would particularly welcome individuals with a background in:
· generating income
· developing policy
· business development
· research around parenting/parents/children and families
UNICEF ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated, and protected than any other organisation. We have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else. We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place for all our children.
The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) has built a strong presence in Scotland over many years through several principal strands of work. In 2015, a dedicated office was established in Edinburgh to support UNICEF UK to deliver on our mandate to uphold ‘the Convention of the Rights of the Child’. In addition, UNICEF UK in Scotland has a well-established Advisory Board in Scotland, and we are now seeking additional board members.
We desire a board that reflects the diversity of our colleagues we attract and the communities we work with. We want each member of the Advisory Board to bring their individual, unique worldview, their life experience, specific skills, knowledge, and networks, to collectively help the Board provide sound advice and counsel to the UNICEF UK team and support the delivery of our strategy.
If you have experience in any of the following areas, we would like to hear from you:
· Working with children and young people and knowledge of the sector in Scotland
· Knowledge or personal experience of international development
· Experience of working within the private sector (for example CSR/tech/finance)
We also welcome applicants who may not have served on a board but have had board exposure at a senior level and who are now open to volunteering at UNICEF UK in Scotland to support the delivery of its strategic objectives.
Award-winning performance company, Curious Seed, was formed in 2005 by Scottish choreographer, Christine Devaney. Based in Edinburgh, we produce compelling dance theatre work that questions the world we live in; work which touches and moves people, unlocking new ways of experiencing and feeling something different about the world. Our work has been presented across the globe from Milan to Macao, New Zealand to Norway, appearing at prestigious international festivals and venues from Sadler’s Wells to Sydney Opera House. Since 2015, Curious Seed has been a Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation.
We are now seeking 3 Trustees to strengthen our existing board and to replace Trustees who are due to retire (including the role of Treasurer).
We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in people who bring knowledge of one or more of the following areas:
• Finance / Charity Accounting
• Organisational Development
• Legal / HR
• Working with Children & Young People
• Equalities / Access
• Environmental Sustainability
• Community Activism
Trustees attend four Board meetings each year (early evening) as well as an annual day long strategic development meeting. There are additional opportunities to support via working groups and ad-hoc projects.
We wish to appoint a new Treasurer following our Treasurer stepping down after many years of service.
In outline, the role is to:
• To be part of the BLT and provide support and advice in relation to financial matters
• To manage the branch’s finances
• To oversee and present budgets, accounts and financial statements
• To ensure that proper accounts and records are kept and financial resources are spent and invested in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements
• To be instrumental in the development and implementation of financial, reserves and investment policies
• To liaise with, guide and advise our part-time Administrative Secretary on the financial aspects of her role
• To attend meetings and report on the branch’s financial position as and when required
• To prepare an annual financial statement for Samaritans Central Charity
• To ensure income and expenditure is processed in line with branch policies and procedures
• To act as a signatory on cheques (including any electronic transactions) and any applications for funds
• To oversee the payment of volunteer expenses as agreed by the BLT
• To liaise with the branch’s bankers and payroll agency as/when required.
A full role description is attached below
About Shelter Scotland
Shelter Scotland believes home is everything. Our strategic purpose is to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is social injustice.
Shelter Scotland provides information and advice online and through our national Helpline, backed up by specialist legal advice and advocacy. We have Community Teams covering each of Scotland’s 4 largest cities, engaging with communities and partners to understand local issues and to work together to take action on the problems that matter the most. We defend housing rights and ensure every story we hear about the housing emergency counts towards our fight for home: the nationwide movement we are building to demand social housing.
We are looking for people who are passionate about challenging social injustice and who understand of charity governance. We would be particularly interested in hearing from you if you have specific insights and experience regarding anti-racism or if you have experience and knowledge of political influencing in a Scottish context.
If you do and want to help Shelter Scotland deliver our strategic purpose and objectives, we would love to hear from you. We are seeking to recruit two co-optees, to replace existing Committee members.
About the role
Shelter Scotland is a Directorate of Shelter and the Shelter Scotland Committee is a sub-committee of Shelter’s Board of Trustees, providing devolved governance for Shelter Scotland. The Committee ensures there is dedicated oversight, support and specialist scrutiny of Shelter’s work in Scotland. Three members of the Committee are also Board Trustees and the remaining members are co-optees.
This is an exciting and dynamic time for Shelter Scotland, with a highly successful first year of delivering our Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2025, but with huge challenges ahead given the record numbers of homeless cases in Scotland. Your role would be to provide support and scrutiny for the work of the Shelter Scotland Executive Team, in their work to deliver the Strategic Plan. Candidates are not required to reside in Scotland, however you must have up-to-date knowledge and insight of the Scottish context in which we operate and Scottish audiences.
At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff and volunteers will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Could you be one of our new trustees?
We have opened recruitment for up to four fantastic new trustees to join our Board.
As you know, volunteers play a huge role across our charity, bringing a wealth of expertise, experience & care to the organisation. That's why we are so excited to share this opportunity to become a trustee.
Please read on to find out more if you may be interested in the role, or we would love your support in spreading the word with your networks & partners to reach as many people as possible who might want to join us.
Our Board Chair, Amy Anderson, shares more on this exciting opportunity and why someone should consider becoming a trustee with CHSS: youtu.be/kZETfMhi5_8
Caledonia Housing Association Group – Board Member opportunities
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Board Member of the Caledonia Housing Association Group. This position is non-remunerated and, although Board meetings are held in Perth, they can be joined virtually so location is open.
As a successful registered social landlord, we pride ourselves on providing high quality housing and services. Our strong and clear purpose, to provide “Homes and Services that make life better”, defines what we do and why we exist. In the current environment, with a cost-of-living crisis and rising food and energy costs, continuing to support our communities by providing access to quality, energy-efficient and affordable social rented homes and ensuring our tenants have access to financial support and help has never been as important.
We are a large organisation that owns and manages more than 7,800 properties across 8 local authority areas, and we employ nearly 200 staff. As a Board member you will have a key role providing the leadership and strategic direction to ensure the organisation continues to grow and develop.
We are looking to appoint people who share our vision and values and are passionate about ensuring people have access to good quality affordable homes and services.
We recognise that a broad and diverse Board composition provides the range of skills and experience key to the high standards of governance which are critical to our continued success.
To complement the existing Board profile, we are keen to hear from people with experience in human resources and organisational development, audit and finance, legal services, IT and digital development, housing and social policy. But we also want our Board to reflect the diversity of the communities and lived experiences of those people we provide housing for and would welcome people with wider knowledge and interest in our work to apply.
There is no requirement to have had any previous Board experience - what is important is a desire to make a difference for our tenants and being prepared to contribute to discussions and decision-making that will help shape our future.
This is an important time to join the Caledonia Housing Association Group as we continue to build new homes and invest in our services, existing homes and communities to provide the support our tenants need. We hope that you are encouraged to apply for this rewarding and personal development opportunity.
Seamab is a registered Scottish Charity (SC011002) established in 1988, providing primary and secondary school education and care to 25 children from all over Scotland who have serious social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Our vision is that all children and young people are loved and respected, that they enjoy their childhood and achieve their full potential.
Seamab is registered with the Care Inspectorate and currently employs 78 staff. Based near Rumbling Bridge in Kinross-shire, we operate a school and residential houses for the children we support 52 weeks of the year. We have recently opened a new house near to Linlithgow and have exciting plans to create a new fit-for-purpose school on our existing site. Further information on Seamab is available from our website seamab.org.uk
The role of a Trustee at Seamab is both interesting and varied. Our Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the development of the strategy and policy of the charity, as well as oversight of services. Trustees undertake a wide range of roles but are mainly responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining sound management of funds.
We aim to have a Board which covers the key areas in which we work, and we are now seeking to appoint an additional member and are especially keen to hear from those with a social care/social work background.
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a commitment to good governance and a desire to achieve our vision. We welcome applications from experienced and first-time board members with the right skills.
What does it involve?
You will need to commit to four Board meetings a year. In between Board meetings you will be responding to emails and reading papers. The successful candidate will also be a key member of the Children and Young People’s Committee, which meets quarterly before each Board meeting.
This is a voluntary position, however appropriate expenses can be paid in line with our Expenses Policy.
The Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) is the largest ex-service charity in Scotland with more than 135 branches, 59 clubs and 20,000 members. Since 1921 we have been supporting and assisting veterans and their dependants in Scotland through a range of welfare services, practical support, comradeship, commemorations and Remembrance.
Over the next 3-5 years we will be working on a full strategic review of the organisation to ensure our future sustainability and we are looking for an experienced volunteer to join our National Board of Trustees as National Treasurer.
The National Treasurer will take overall responsibility for all aspects of financial management, working closely with other members of the National Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive and the Management team to safeguard the organisation's finances, ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting to the National Board of Trustees, and the control of fixed assets and stock belonging to the charity. The National Treasurer will also monitor and ensure the financial viability of the organisation.
A full Role Description is available for download below.