Lifejackets (reading charity) seeks new Trustee and new Chair of Trustees
Lifejackets is a small charity in south-east London that helps children make sense of today’s big issues using stories and poems. Our first few years have been a mix of exciting projects, practical learning, negotiating challenges and hard work.
Our work currently involves developing and promoting free resources for schools and youth projects. Our activities encourage children to use the insight gained from our readings and activities in developing their own ethical code. We have just launched a free, key stage 2 resource themed on ‘Home’ looking at housing, homelessness, refugees & belonging.
Considering issues like these can be stressful. We find it essential that our activities offer a hopeful and empowering experience. The feedback we have received from teachers has been excellent.
This is a fascinating time to join our board, as we make our next steps with some significant work under our belts. Joining the board will involve maintaining an overview of a constantly changing organisation and asking supporting (and sometimes difficult questions), holding our vision and helping us stay aligned with our aims. You will be engaging with information from within LifeJackets (finances, policies, communication, project development and books) as well as other organisations including the Charity Commission.
You’ll need a sense of humour, a constructive approach, a willingness to consider all sides of an argument. Also, you’ll be in sympathy with our vision of a future where children are empowered to make considered ethical choices.
The core time commitment for trustees is four meetings a year with one trustee away day. There are opportunities to get involved with more of our work according to your interests and gifts. Our Chair of Trustees also needs to meet & communicate with our Director.
We can offer you an opportunity to join an innovative and friendly organisation that finds simple ways to make the world a fairer and kinder place. Trustee expenses will be met.
If you are would like to know more about either the trustee or Chair of Trustees position, please contact Carrie Comfort, our current Chair of Trustees for an informal conversation, by clicking on our logo and following the link to our website where there is a contact form. Alternatively, our Twitter handle is @life_jackets_uk .
Our aims are:
-To promote understanding of those who may be considered ‘other’.
-To foster greater awareness of social, global and ethical issues among children and young people.
-To encourage and equip young people to develop their own ethical framework.
-And to inspire a love of reading, which is a pathway to all of the above.
For further information and application details, please click here.