We are looking for someone to join our friendly team of trustees: passionate about making a difference but not afraid of 'learning on the job', doing the best we can, and accepting that life is unpredictable.
Trusteeship with Chaffinch
Take on the general governance roles of a trustee and share ideas for increasing the charity's impact and developing the aims and delivery of our work. You'll be 'close to the action' and can get to know each of the supported children as an individual and really see what they do with the opportunities you help to provide. Despite there being 6000 miles between the Chaffinch office and the project in Kenya, this is far from being a distant role.
We currently have a budget of c.£20K per annum with year-on-year growth that has continued despite a 'lockdown year' giving us no physical events.
This role is mainly home working and requires internet access, Zoom software, and a smartphone with access to WhatsApp. There is also a requirement to commit (as far as is reasonable) to at least 50% of approximately 6 board meetings each year plus the AGM. These meetings are currently taking place using Zoom and this is predicted to continue indefinitely. Each trustee meeting is scheduled for 2 hours and are timed to take into account the needs of individual trustees as much as possible. Occasional meetings with those in Kenya take place using WhatsApp video.
The work at home (or another remote location) can be very varied and generally designed to suit your own skills and interests. Chaffinch trustees don't only sit in meetings and make decisions. Each trustee can also be a volunteer getting hands-on with the work of the charity here in the UK whether that's through an interest in web design, fundraising, volunteer management, social media or contact with local workers in Kenya. There will likely be an area you are drawn to in addition to the general work of charity governance and policy.
The role is supported by the other trustees. Outside meetings, there are usually trustees available to answer queries and discuss any issues, and we do have a dedicated WhatsApp group to facilitate quick updates and problem solving. We are a small and friendly charity expecting effort rather than perfection!
Our Ideal Volunteer
- Previous successful experience in management and leadership at anything from a grassroots level upward.
- A good understanding of the issues of extreme poverty and disadvantage
- Excellent organisational skills
- Work well within a team.
No formal qualifications are required but a good standard of English is desired.
More than anything else, our ideal volunteer will have a passion for the work of Chaffinch with the children of Kibera.
Chaffinch was built on a desire to make a difference rather than pre-existing skillsets, so we actively welcome volunteers who are excited by Chaffinch's mission to create sustainability for local projects and who are committed to their own personal development within the role.
What difference will you make?
Chaffinch is still a relatively young charity (7 years) with a modest annual turnover. Many will overlook us as being insignificant amongst the larger charities. However, Chaffinch has scope to make a very real difference to the children of Kibera through our work empowering local people.
We a very friendly and familial environment in which to work. There's a real opportunity here to be part of something that isn't yet fully formed, putting your own distinct mark on the development of a charity. Where better to plant your feet than in the fertile ground of a small charity that you can help to grow into something amazing? You could be a part of an established, well-oiled organisation, or you could step out of the comfort zone and take on a challenge that will provide a sense of achievement that is second to none.