Youth United Foundation seeks new Chair and Trustee – governance experience
Join the board of a unique organisation ensuring that every young person, regardless of background or location, has the opportunity to become a member of a uniformed youth group.
We believe that uniformed youth organisations offer young people a plethora of skills and experiences, laying the building blocks for them to overcome any barriers they may face and empowering them to be the best that they can be.
We were founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to support a collaborative Network of the Nation’s leading uniformed youth groups to create and deliver programmes so that more young people – especially those facing disadvantage – have the opportunity to become part of a uniformed youth group. The 11 members of the Youth United Network collectively offer an opportunity for 1.5 million young people across the UK and devolved nations to volunteer and learn skills in diverse environments, from public service to armed forces, to seas, skies, the wilderness and beyond.
Our role at the Foundation is to serve and support the Youth United Network. We do this by creating a forum for them to convene, share best practice and we help our members access funds so that they can increase their reach and impact. We generate and facilitate programmes, on the network’s behalf, aimed at targeting hard to reach young people, and creating new opportunities in disadvantaged communities.
We achieve this through securing funding from organisations such as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Cabinet Office, the Queen’s Trust and The Prince of Wales Charitable Fund. As a result of this support and funding, we have to date created 53,000 new places in disadvantaged communities and we are seeking funding to create even more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an ever-increasing effect on our young people and during this time there has never been a bigger need to come together as a Network. We have played a role in bringing together the Youth United Network to share best practice in responding to the pandemic and to support one another during this difficult time. We facilitate these discussions fortnightly, ensuring there is a place to share ideas but also that together we are ensuring conversations with government about youth sector provision and financial support for its survival during and regeneration post this crisis are co-ordinated and of maximum effect.
This is a challenging but exciting time for the Foundation as we look to secure our next round of funding from government to support uniformed youth groups, this funding will be more vital than ever for young people, especially those who experience disadvantage during the pandemic.
Who we’re looking for
We are looking to appoint a new Chair as our current Chair, Jennie Price CBE, approaches the end of her term. The Chair has regular contact with Clarence House, our funders and works with all members of the Network, so we need an excellent ambassador for Youth United Foundation. This is an opportunity to put one’s stamp on a prestigious organisation and support the next stage of its development.
Our ideal candidate will be passionate about young people, bring a wealth of knowledge of government funding and be a first-rate convener, communicator and influencer. The Foundation is currently in a strong position to secure further funding and they will understand how to realise this through their advocacy It is important that you have a strong track record of engaging successfully with a wide variety of stakeholders and enjoy that role.
We are also looking for two new Trustees to join our board and seek a range of different skills and experiences to complement those of our current Trustees. We are interested in people with expertise in: communications and media, governance, and those with an understanding of how to attract government and private sector funding. We are keen to ensure our board is diverse, represents our society and is inclusive, with members bringing many different perspectives.
We expect the time commitment for the Chair to be two to three days a month and the time commitment for Trustees to be up to a day a month.
This is an opportunity to join the board of a respected and valued organisation at the heart of advocacy for uniformed youth.
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