Learning difficulties / mental health charity ‘Echo’ seeks new Trustee with legal expertise
We are currently seeking new members to join Echo’s Board of Trustees. As a Trustee you will be involved in the governance of the charity, setting the strategic direction as well as supporting the Chief Officer.
What will you be doing?
Echo has recently gone through a period of change and this is an exciting time to be involved in setting the direction for the charity as we look to the future. With a new Chief Officer having recently joined us and our major lines of funding secured for the next few years, we are in a strong position as we consider how we continue to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of our participants as well as ensure the smooth and efficient running of the charity. By becoming a Trustee for Echo you would help ensure this all happens.
What are we looking for?
We feel that it is important that our Trustees should have:
- A commitment to our organisation and its objectives
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
- Strategic vision
- Independent judgement
- An ability to think creatively
We are looking to strengthen our existing Board of Trustees with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with various life experiences and preferably skills within any of the following
areas; Legal, HR and Finance. But we are also keen to hear from passionate individuals who feel they have skills and experience that would be of benefit to the board.
To become a Trustee of Echo, you do not need to have experience in working with disabled people. The role would be suited to someone with or without previous board experience and presents a fantastic opportunity to not only share your knowledge and skills but learn from your fellow trustees and take part in the various events that Echo run. As inclusion is in everything we do at Echo, It is important to us to include our participants in every aspect of our charity and our board is no different. We aim to have a third of our Trustees to be people with disabilities, which makes our board a very accessible and supportive environment for everyone.
What difference will you make?
With 25 Projects and Social Activities, suitable for people with moderate or severe learning difficulties, mental health difficulties and physical or sensory impairments we aim to make a difference. By listening to the people we support, we run projects and social activities that reflect their needs and help ensure they are engaged in the community. The important work of our Board of Trustees truly enables Echo to continue making this difference to the lives of our 230 participants. By providing strong leadership and working on our long-term strategy you help ensure that our charity is in the best possible position to fulfil our mission.
What’s in it for the volunteer?
In 2016 ECHO achieved highly-sought quality accreditation from PQASSO. The demanding procedure found that ECHO is a very professional and effective charity with extremely well-developed user participation procedures and highly motivated staff and volunteers. By becoming a Trustee, you will become part of this highly motivated team and gain the reward and satisfaction knowing that you helped to ensure that the lives of our participants were changed for the better.
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