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Co-optee Volunteer (Committee Members)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 7th June 2023

  • Advertised from 11th May 2023


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.

Application notes

Closing date: June 7th 2023 at 23.30pm

Interviews: June 23rd 2023

Interview Location: Remote

For further information, please visit our website

To apply for this opportunity, please email your CV and cover letter to outlining how your skills and experience match those set out in the role profile and the charity’s values. Your cover letter provides you with an opportunity to explain your motivation as well as highlighting how your experience and achievements fit with the requirements of a Committee member.

Please note Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.