Farm / Smallholding charity for children ‘Change of Scene’ seeks new Trustee with property/land law expertise
We really need your skills in capital fundraising campaigns, planning, property or land law or farming on our Board of Trustees. Can you help us launch a capital fundraising campaign, find and move to a new farm, then grow and develop our service
What will you be doing?
We would like new skilled, energetic Board members to help us achieve our ambitious goal. It’s a tough call but we are worth it!
We have a small Board of Trustees and are looking to build our team to support us to launch and deliver a successful capital fundraising campaign. We have recently lost a couple of members and want to increase our bank of skills and experience.
We have to locate a new site for our farm and deliver a successful capital fundraising campaign which will pay for the costs of this in terms of acquisition, set up and development.. We have a tight timeline so need people with some experience, time and passion to hit the ground running. We are small but provide an important service to children and young people from Surrey and Hampshire with SEN who are struggling to maintain their school place or who have already lost it. A new site will give us the chance to expand and develop our services, extending our reach into the community
We are looking for Board members who can commit to meetings every two months (maximum) which are in the evening, last around two hours and are usually virtual or could be in person in Surrey.
We would also like them to commit to being on either our Fundraising Working Group or another sub-committee to help keep us focussed and on target.
We would like volunteers who have time to support the part time CEO, perhaps by joining her on important visits or meetings on occasion to represent the Board.
What are we looking for?
Our ideal volunteer would be someone who has some relevant experience, time and energy to support us. Support can be remote or in person.
We really need people who can support us with any or all of the following:
Fundraising – particularly in events, corporate and individual donors
Campaigning – either capital fundraising campaigns or any other campaign
Planning – advice and support to get permission for the infrastructure we need
Land law – to support us to lease or purchase a suitable site
Farming – to help us set the new site up , maximise it’s potential and develop our offer
What difference will you make?
If we are not successful, we are at risk of closure due to insufficient funding. This would be devastating for our children and young people, volunteers and staff. We have a waiting list of vulnerable children and young people who need our services but we cannot expand our service on our current site to take them, we can’t charge more for our services and we are not able to cover our overheads.
If we can set ourselves up on a new site, we will be able to support more children and young people aged 8-18 years from Surrey and Hampshire. These will all be children and young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural issues. This will allow us to increase our income to cover our expenditure.
We will be able to develop a “Job Ready” service for young people aged 18+ who need a supported environment to gain skills and experience to help them to seek paid employment. This will raise additional income and provide a much needed service which isn’t available elsewhere.
We will be able to make relationships with the local third sector to establish what access their service users need to an environment like ours and share it to maximise wellbeing in their communities. In these post COVID times, it has been hard to have such a wealth of natural resources such as a poly tunnel, pond, raised beds, animals and not be able to share them with local people in need. We want to change that.
Your help could be just what we are looking for!
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