The Trustee Board is responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, ensuring its financial stability and making sure that the organisation pursues its objectives and complies with its governing document. Trustees set the strategic direction of the charity, and support the CEO and staff in carrying this out.
Although the minimum commitment is to attend a monthly board meeting (and prepare for it by reading the papers beforehand), Trustees can become involved in much more, depending on their skills, experience and interests. This could include helping with preparing grant applications, writing policies, hosting visits by key stakeholders to our various projects, as well as representing the charity at functions and meetings.
Qualities required for this role include integrity, good judgement, confidentiality, strategic vision and team working.
Experience of operating in a senior role and an understanding of how the voluntary sector works would be very useful, but a willingness to devote the necessary time and commitment to the role are equally important. We are looking for people with enthusiasm and a passion for wanting to get involved and become ambassadors for ActivLives.
Trustees will be able to see for themselves the positive (sometimes life changing) impact that our services can make on the lives of individuals and groups, and to know that they have been part of the infrastructure making it happen.
ActivLives set up the Grow Your Community Project in March 2017 ActivLives in Sudbury as part of it's ActivGardens group. Community gardening brings people together with wellbeing, respect and fosters a sense of community whilst tending the gardens and helping to improve the local area. We work in Belle Vue Park, in public green spaces and in residential areas. We also now work in Great Cornard.
ActivLives works with all age groups, but mainly people aged 45 years and over, living in areas of deprivation, rural areas or older people who need specialist support. Our members are often vulnerable, lonely and isolated due to age, disability, cultural barriers or who find themselves disadvantaged through lack of skills, low self-esteem, unemployment or poverty. We provide a wide range of community led activities that support over 1000 people each year, including exercise classes, adapted sports, health walks, lunch clubs, community gardening and community singing. These activities dramatically improve people's health and well being, both physically and mentally, help to reduce social isolation and provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities.