Women + Health (W+H) is looking for members for the management committee (Trustees) to contribute to the work of the charity
What does becoming a Charity Trustee mean?
Charity trustees are the people who are legally responsible for the overall management and decision making in a charity, similar to a Board of Governors at a School. Together with the Director and staff, Trustees set out W+H's strategy, monitoring and governance activities to ensure strategic aims are being met.
What are the strategic aims of the Women + Health?
Trustees would be responsible for making sure the organisation achieves the following aims and objectives;
Aim: The charity's objects are to preserve and promote the good physical and mental health of women and their families in the London Borough of Camden, prioritising those who are most disadvantaged, and to advance the education of such women and their families about all matters concerning their health.
Current work: W+H has worked within a feminist framework to improve the lives of women in the Camden area since 1986. W+H aims to reduce health inequalities, providing opportunities for low income and disadvantaged women to improve their health and wellbeing by building confidence and self esteem through individual therapeutic work as well as group work. Provision of long term psychotherapy/counselling and alternative therapies for carers has been a focus of the W+H work since 1998. The core services of W+H are psychotherapy/ counselling and complementary and alternative medicines and therapies (including acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, naturopathy and more) are provided to low income women in a fully accessible and community based building. W+H has also delivered: an advisory GP service, play therapy, Arts 4 Health (long term group for women with learning difficulties), outreach services for housebound and disabled women, working with asylum seekers, wellbeing programmes focusing on managing depression, nutrition, menopause, assertiveness and body image.
What is expected of a charity trustee?
To act only in the best interests of the charity; this means putting the charity's interests before any other personal or professional interests
To be involved in major decisions; Trustees are actively involved in decision making. This means attending Board meetings and contributing to discussions.
To take decisions jointly with the other trustees; Charity Trustees must act together for the benefit of the charity
To adhere to the values, vision and strategic objectives of the organisation
To be unpaid: Charity Trustees are volunteers and are not paid for the services they provide.
Trustees can however claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel costs to attend meetings.
How often do Trustees meet?
Every second month on the last Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm. Meetings usually finish by 8.30pm. Trustees are expected to attend all meetings.
What are the responsibilities of a Trustee?
Day-to-day operations are conducted by the Director and staff. The W+H Management Committee has overall responsibility for the charity.
At W+H we ask our Trustees to choose to contribute toward at least one of the three areas below;
Staffing and resources - involves consideration of staffing and resource issues
Finance and Fundraising - involves development and consideration of the budget, consideration of expenditure and planning fundraising, making financial recommendations to the Management Committee
Services and Development - involves consideration of the current and future programme, marketing and service development
Trustees with marketing, counselling and psychotherapy, management, finance and legal skills are required to add to the skill range of the current management committee.
All Trustees are expected to act as passionate ambassadors for W+H
Trustees are all women and women who live and or work in Camden are particularly encouraged to apply.
W+H is also looking a Chair of Trustees
Chairs Trustee's meetings
Has overall strategic responsibility for the organisation
Line manages the Director of W+H