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Young Shadow Trustee (Community Action Suffolk)

Description of the role:

Community Action Suffolk are looking to recruit a Young Shadow Trustee to join their board in January, through the Suffolk Young Trustee Programme in a non-voting role.

Diversity of trustee boards is something we want to address and this programme provides a unique opportunity for young people to contribute to our charity; a pathway to become future charity leaders.

For one year, a 18-25 year old will attend trustee board and committee meetings. To help oversee the running of our charity and ensure important decisions involve a youth perspective.

The volunteer role will develop your leadership skills, business and finance experience and offer an opportunity to learn about the role of a trustee with training and mentoring support. The volunteering time isn't as much as you might think: Around 4 hours once a month.

We benefit too, with a younger perspective, skills and outlook joining our board and committee discussions, to ensure Community Action Suffolk continues to make a difference in the community and across the voluntary sector and actively listens.

Community Action Suffolk supports organisations in Suffolk’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, to enable them to operate more effectively. We offer volunteer management support, training and advice. We also lead on community engagement projects as well as Good Neighbour Scheme Network and Minding the Gap, young person project.

Could this be you?
Are you interested in how a business is run?
Are you a young professional who wants to make a difference to a charity?
Meetings are usually held in Ipswich, sometimes during the day. However, some employers offer employee supported volunteering time, so please still express an interest.
Travel expenses are covered from across Suffolk.

Contact Janet Perry, Youth Volunteering Development Advisor for further information and forms.

Opportunity Activities: Administration, Business, Management and Research, Trusteeship and Committee Work
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Organisational Skills
Communication Skills
Working in a team

What skills will be learned / gained?

Business and finance
Role and responsibilities of trustees
Work related experience

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

18 - 26 years.

Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

One day: Get On Board training.

Extra information:

Suffolk Young Trustee Programme lasts one year and includes:.
One day training.
Mentor support on the role.
You will be asked to attend full board meetings once a quarter as well as sub-committee meetings, and attend occasional events.
Dates vary but you will be told in advance to work around work/university commitments.

We are also welcoming any expression of interests from young people interested in the Suffolk Young Trustee Programme with other charities.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Community Action Suffolk
Organisation Profile:

Community Action Suffolk supports organisations in Suffolk’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, to enable them to operate more effectively. We provide a voice for individuals and groups who may not otherwise be heard and represent their interests to the public sector. We work closely with partners from the statutory sector, including Suffolk County Council, Borough and District Councils, Town and Parish Councils, Health and Police.

This opportunity is no longer accepting expressions of interest.