Trustee

The Swan Youth Project seeks additional trustees who share our passion to make this vibrant youth project the best it can be for the young people of Berkhamsted.

What is the Swan Youth Project?

The Swan Youth Project is a registered charity limited by guarantee and governed by its Articles of Association.

Youth services are at its core. It provides the young people of Berkhamsted and the surrounding area, with a safe and secure recreational facility supported by a programme of events and activities. We enable young people to successfully engage in informal education while being supported, heard, valued and respected. This enables them to become valued members of the community whilst adding to their self-worth.

The current trustee board consists of five members, all of whom are unpaid volunteers. Day-to-day operations are managed by paid sessional youth workers of varying levels of experience.

What are the Trustees’ responsibilities?

The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governance body for the Swan, serving as stewards for its resources. We are responsible for setting its strategic direction to enable it to maximise its benefit to the young people it serves. We oversee financial and operational management, working closely with our staff and volunteers. We also ensure we comply with charity and company law.

What does the role involve?

We meet once a month which along with preparation amounts to an average of three hours a month. As a small charity, individual Trustees take responsibility for specific issues ranging from funding and finances through to safeguarding and programmes, HR issues, etc. using their previous experience.

Who are we looking for?

First and foremost, we are looking for people who are enthusiastic about youth and can make the accompanying commitment to join our team. You may already have experience of youth services or a related area which you could bring to the Swan.

Beyond that, you may value the local contribution that you can make, provide new perspectives that are complementary and/or bring an additional skill or experience to the Board.

You will have some successful experience of working co-operatively within a similar group. Indeed, you may have been a past member with an additional perspective to now provide.

As a responsible Board of Trustees, we want to bring onboard additional skills and experience, provide new perspectives and creativity, spread the governance workload and enable smooth succession as trustees leave.

We continually look for trustees as our needs keep changing so do please get in touch at any time.

How to apply?

Please send an email setting out your interest, CV and any other information that you consider relevant to ‘manager@swanyouthproject.co.uk’, together with any questions that you may have.

We will acknowledge your interest and review all applications after the closing date of Monday, 30 November 2020.

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