North West London, NW5
Approximately 7 days a year
Voluntary unpaid roles where, for giving up your valuable time for a few days a year, you’ll help influence the lives of children and young adults, to make them better equipped for life in general.
Running a successful registered charity focused on young people and mental health calls for experience in a broad range of areas. Areas like financial management, income generation, trading & enterprise, public health policy & public affairs, national & local government and the statutory & voluntary sector. If you have expertise in one or more of these areas, the Brandon Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy for Young People would love to have you on the Board as a Trustee.
Founded in 1968, the roots of the Brandon Centre have inherently been centred around psychotherapy for young people. As such, the Centre offers interventions for families of young people in serious trouble with the law and for parents struggling to bring up a teenager whose behaviour is out of control. Its aim is to maintain and develop an accessible and flexible professional service in response to the psychological, medical, sexual and social problems of young people aged 12 to 25 years. The Centre already has an enviable reputation for the services it provides. I am now looking for compassionate and committed individuals to become Trustees and help drive this wonderful charity forward in the future.
As a Trustee, ideally familiar with the North West London area, you’ll help ensure that the Centre complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and pursues its objects as defined in the governing document. You’ll also be tasked with seeing that the Centre applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it must not spend money on activities that are not included in the objects. Actively contributing to the Board of Trustees by bringing firm strategic direction to the Centre will be important too, as will helping to set targets and overall policy, defining goals and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
In addition, you’ll be encouraged to use any specific skills, knowledge or experience you have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This could involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing guidance on new initiatives, or offering advice in your area of expertise. Safeguarding the good name and values of the Centre, ensuring its financial stability and sustainability and monitoring the performance of the CEO – all are elements of these vital voluntary roles.
The Centre’s Trustees meet six times a year and, where possible, support the Centre between meetings. The Board also meets once a year for an away day to reflect and help the Chief Executive to plan for the years ahead. Accordingly, first and foremost, you must be willing to commit to attending these meetings. In terms of experience, in addition to the areas outlined above, the Centre would particularly welcome a background in the creation of shared value with the corporate sector, digital strategy, communications, legal expertise, human resource management or stakeholder engagement/collaborative partnerships.
A passion for supporting transformational change for excluded young people is vital too, while lived experience of the challenges facing young people’s wellbeing would also be welcomed.
So, If you’re a firm believer in ensuring our young people receive the best support, counselling and psychotherapy to allow them to lead better lives, please email Sue Sowerby, Advising Consultant to the Brandon Centre, using the apply link provided, indicating your interest and giving full contact details. A Trustee Recruitment Pack will then be sent to you with full details of the Brandon Centre's Trustee requirements.
Closing date: 2nd May
Selection/interview date: 28th May
In order to maintain the Board’s high standards of diversity, the Brandon Centre welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and of all ages.