Generations Working Together (GWT) is looking to recruit enthusiastic, committed, dependable and proactive volunteer trustees to fill two places on our board.
We are looking for trustees who have experience of working in the voluntary, public or private sector who want to become actively involved in progressing intergenerational work across Scotland. In particular, we are seeking trustees with a strong background /expert skills and life experience in one or more of the following areas:
•Marketing and Communications (including digital)
•Local Politics and Local Government
•Health and/or Social Care
•Architecture/Housing/Planning with an interest in Intergenerational Housing and/or Shared Sites
Trustees are appointed for a term of two times three years and are eligible to serve a further three-year term or three one-year terms, after which they must retire from the board. Our Trustees are responsible and accountable for the overall strategic leadership and direction of the organisation and share our vision and passion about promoting strong, generationally connected communities.
We ask for a commitment which involves attending:
•Four online board meetings (normally held on a Wednesday, 5.30pm to 8pm) (however this could alter in the future due to the needs of Trustees)
•The Annual General Meeting (online) – 13th November 2023
•One/two development sessions (in person normally Glasgow) each year to develop and review the corporate plan/manifesto.
•Occasional GWT Conferences/ Parliamentary receptions or other events.
As a small charity it is expected that Board members will take on additional responsibilities between meetings consistent with the aims and outcomes of GWT. This may include membership of task and finish groups, standing committees or specific tasks consistent with their areas of expertise. Much of the subgroup work is done via email and video conferencing.
Generations Working Together is the nationally recognised centre of excellence supporting the development and integration of intergenerational work across Scotland. Our mission is to develop, expand and improve IG practice nationwide. Our vision is to live in a Scotland where different generations are more connected, where everyone has opportunities to build relationships that help to create a more inclusive society.
Intergenerational work means relationship-based projects, activities and events where people of different generations, who might not otherwise meet, do things together in positive and creative ways. It includes any activities which purposefully ignore, remove or break down social, environmental, cultural or institutional barriers between generations e.g. ageism, making spaces for older & younger people to meet naturally, get to know each other, share ideas, pass on &/or learn new skills, work together to identify solutions to problems, addressing challenges in their communities, all the while forging relationships and friendships.
As a membership and capacity-building organisation, GWT operate locally and nationally raising awareness, sharing and expanding knowledge and understanding of intergenerational practice and its impact. GWT provide training and wide-ranging resources and organise learning events and facilitate local and thematic networking opportunities, to enable high quality intergenerational activity to take root on the ground & flourish. GWT lead and deliver pilot projects to support and encourage the development and delivery of intergenerational practice in new settings. We also participate in research projects and scan relevant research taking place across the world for distilling and sharing with our members and others.
A short film narrated by our retired chair Alan Hatton-Yeo MBE can be viewed here on our YouTube channel detailing our history and the background of intergenerational work and its growth in the UK.
We have an exciting 3 years ahead of the charity which will see the following events take place:
• 2024 - Six learning roadshows facilitated in Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Dundee, Dumfries, Glasgow and Inverness and a Parliamentary Reception (Holyrood) planned to launch a new publication and announce Excellence Award Winners (11th June 2024)
• 2025 – National Conference to be held in the Highlands celebrating local grassroot work (possibly May or Sept)
• 2026 – Global Intergenerational Conference in Glasgow in partnership with the International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (possibly May or Sept)
To apply please email a covering letter stating why you are interested in joining the board of GWT along with your CV to Alison@generationsworkingtogether.org
For more information or to have arrange an informal conversation about GWT or intergenerational work please contact Alison Clyde, Chief Executive Officer on 07769629988 or by email.
Further information around intergenerational work and GWT can be sourced from our website and from the following social media sites:
Hear from our volunteer Trustees below:
Q. What is it like to be a volunteer Trustee?
A. “Volunteering with GWT this past few years has let me see the value of intergenerational practice in many arenas of life. It has given me greater insight into the passionate practice out there and also the resource and specialism required to support it to be done in ever more meaningful and measurable ways. I have loved the opportunity so far of being part of a Board with such great diversity of age and experience.” (Trustee)
A. “My experience volunteering as a Trustee for GWT over the past six years has been both rewarding personally and beneficial professionally. Exposure to the Governance and Compliance aspects of Trusteeship has been useful supporting my role as a senior manager within a private sector business, while the opportunity to present to workshops and conferences has been invaluable experience of public speaking. Additionally, working alongside the other Trustees and GWT staff who have a wealth of diverse and in-depth experience has been extremely useful from a professional development perspective. From a personal perspective, being able to give my time to support a cause which is increasingly important to society overall and impacts on the lives of everyone I know is rewarding and well worth the investment in time.”