Voluntary Trustee

  • Job Reference: 00000475-1
  • Date posted: 1 September 2021
  • Recruiter: Creative Support
  • Location: Stockport, Manchester
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Community Care & Hospices, Health, Homelessness, Housing, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Older People, Physical/Sensory Disability, Residential & Day Care
  • Job type: Trustee
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job description

Trustees Required for National Charitable Provider of Social Care and Supported Housing

Creative Support is a national social care and supported housing provider with charitable status. We offer high quality, personalised care and support services for adults with a wide range of needs, including learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities. We also deliver innovative preventative services for people at risk of homelessness and social exclusion.

We currently support over 6,000 service users in 68 local authorities across England and employ over 5,000 dedicated staff. We are also registered with Homes England as a provider of social housing, with a supported housing portfolio of over 1,000 units.  Creative Support has an annual turnover of over £130 million and has significant assets, all of which are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for the people we support. 

As we enter our 30th year of providing great services an exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit new trustees as a number of our longstanding trustees retire from the Board. We are seeking well motivated people who have an enthusiasm for our work and can demonstrate commitment to our charitable purpose and values. We require trustees who can demonstrate vision, knowledge, skills and relevant experience.

We are particularly keen to attract applicants who have a background in health & social care, supported housing, human resources and finance. We would also be pleased to receive applications from people with personal or family experience of using support services and we welcome applications from people with transferable skills gained in the charitable, public or private sectors.

You must be willing to actively participate in ensuring good governance across the organisation and developing our strategic direction. This will involve attending at least 6 evening Board meetings per annum (held bi-monthly), the Annual General Meeting and occasional planning days.  You will be expected to contribute to a sub-committee relevant to your area of expertise (currently these are Finance & Audit, HR, Housing and Quality). Committee Meetings are held also bi-monthly. You will also be encouraged to visit services and meet our staff and service users (subject to Covid safety measures).

In return for your valuable time and expertise we can offer you the opportunity to contribute to the future success of a thriving national charitable social care and housing organisation, with a strong person-centred purpose and ethos. This is a responsible and interesting role which our current trustees find interesting and rewarding.

All Board meetings are currently held online with the expectation that main Board meeting will revert to in-person meetings once it is deemed safe to do so.  Our offices are based in Stockport, situated close to the mainline train station. 

Creative Support is an Investor in People Silver employer and Stonewall Diversity Champion. We are a welcoming and inclusive organisation, keen to develop the diversity of our Board so that it reflects the diversity of our workforce and service users. We are therefore committed to increasing the representation of women, people from BAME and LGBT groups and those with a disability onto the Board. The Board has endorsed our ‘Black Lives Matter’ manifesto for change and our stance on zero tolerance for racism and discrimination. 

The role of trustee is a voluntary position for which we pay reasonable expenses. We also support trustees with induction and on-going training.

To express your interest 'click apply for this job now' to send an introductory email or covering letter (up to 2 x A4 pages) and CV to Sarah Smith, PA to the Board. Please outline what you can bring to the board and the governance of our organisation, with reference to your:

  • Values and personal qualities
  • Commitment and ability to meet the demands of the role
  • Relevant knowledge, skills and experience

For further information or to arrange a telephone discussion with the Chief Executive or member of the Executive Team please email Anna Lunts, Chief Executive.

We can send you a copy of our most recent Annual Report & Accounts - please request this from Sarah Smith (above) or consult the FCA Mutuals Website, type in Creative Support and search under ‘documents’. You will find all previous annual reports and accounts listed and these can be viewed or downloaded at no cost. 

Please note that we are a Community Benefit Society with charitable status registered with the FCA, not a company or registered charity so you will not be able to access information about Creative Support via Companies House or the Charity Commission.

CLOSING DATE: Please submit your expression of interest by 5pm on  22 September 2021