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Adult learning disability organisation in Bromley seek legal help for the Board of Trustees

Adult learning disability organisation in Bromley seek legal help for the Board of Trustees

Closing Date
None specified - each application reviewed on receipt
Location
Bromley
Time Commitment
10 hours a month

The Club runs social activities for adults with learning disabilities and hopes to reopen on 23rd July.

We are seeking people willing to apply their back office skills to support the Trustees and the Leader in the Club’s rebirth.

What will you be doing?

Background

Every Friday, for over fifty years before lockdown, about 60 members, their helpers and unrelated volunteers would gather in St George’s Church Hall in Bickley for a couple of hours of activities. Historically the Trustees have provided most of the back office support that the Club Leader has needed. The current Trustees are a mixture of new members, most of whom joined in the months immediately before Covid and others of much longer standing who are looking to reduce their involvement, meaning that the Club is in a process of inter-generational transfer which is involving significant change, especially in its policies and procedures.  As part of this and recognising the increased range of technical skills required, the Trustees have decided to create “Technical Supporter (TS)” roles  for those with appropriate skills but not the time or desire to act as Trustees.

However, given the breadth of skills needed, our emphasis is on finding people who are looking for an opportunity to develop their technical skills against a background of institutional and societal change, especially those with experience in the field of serving those with learning difficulties and experience of maintaining good relationships with a mainly middle-aged member group.

Other information

Friday’s club meetings are managed by the Club Leader (who is also being recruited) with a team of Member Supporters and Assistants.  TS are encouraged to attend the sessions, especially when their skill set would facilitate the activities taking place, but this is not obligatory.

TS are expected to support the Club Leader in the performance of their duties while maintaining their own relationships with volunteers, members, their helpers or parents.

TS require a full DBS enhanced certificate.  TS must also be sensitive to members seeing them as authority figures and so appropriate recipients of confidential and possibly personal information.

We estimate the role will require 10 hours per month including 2 or 3 Committee meetings a year.   TS are not paid but may be reimbursed any reasonable expenses except travel to and from club and committee meetings.

 

What are we looking for?

At present we particularly need skills in the following areas:

  • Legal

However, given the breadth of skills needed, our emphasis is on finding people who are looking for an opportunity to develop their technical skills against a background of institutional and societal change, especially those with experience of serving those with learning difficulties and experience of maintaining good relationships with a mainly middle-aged member group.

Our expectation is that roles will be crafted to reflect the skills and abilities of the successful applicants.

What difference will you make?

The Trustees are currently a mixture of new members, most of whom joined in the months immediately before Covid and others of much longer standing who are looking to reduce their involvement.  This means that the Club is in a process of inter-generational transfer which is involving significant change, especially in its policies and procedures.  Some Trustees have left during lockdown and so the Committee is looking to appoint some new people to help manage the Club’s post-Covid re-establishment over the coming months and allow those who wish to stand down to do so guilt-free.

Back Office – Technical Supporters

Historically the Trustees have also provided the bulk of the back office support that the Club Leader has needed.  However the broadening range of technical skills required, especially in the fields of fundraising and IT means that this model is no longer considered appropriate since finding those with the appropriate skills is difficult enough let alone those with the additional time to properly perform the duties of a Trustee.

The Trustees are therefore looking for people with relevant skills to join the Club to support both the Leader and the Trustees by applying those skills to provide and maintain efficient systems for communication, fundraising and administration.

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