Watford, Hertfordshire
Trustees are volunteers. The role is not accompanied by any payment, however reasonable expenses may be claimed e.g. local travel
Voluntary, Approx 2 days per month, attendance bi-monthly board meetings.
Actively Interviewing
Job description

We're expanding our board of trustees and looking for an experienced fundraiser to join the team and help us grow.

Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers (“HSW&TR”) helps local families with at least one child under 5 years deal with the challenges they face. We intervene early, supporting parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. We are a highly respected organisation and truly embedded in our local community. Referrals come from every corner of the community including GPs, social workers and midwives.

Role overview 

The role involves bringing a fresh perspective to our fundraising; ensuring it is of the highest standard and priority. The individual will assist the board to see the bigger picture and support HSW&TR’s staff to raise funds to support the expansion and sustainability of our services.


  • Oversee fundraising and ensure it is carried out in legal, honest and accountable ways
  • Strategically assess where fundraising fits into the overall strategy and work with senior staff to ensure effective income generation
  • Take a critical look at our current fundraising strategy, and support key updates
  • Contribute knowledge of fundraising tools, techniques and strategies
  • Encourage an entrepreneurial fundraising culture and assess the cost benefit ratio of funding streams
  • Network on behalf of HSW&TR to solicit funds on a peer to peer basis
  • Carry out fundraising risk assessments, especially when considering new or ambitious funding strategies
  • Be an active champion of HSW&TR

Qualities - essential 

  • Someone with sufficient fundraising / income generation knowledge
  • Understanding of the UK charity sector, good governance, Charity Commission, relevant legislations and statutory requirements
  • Understanding of the challenges facing small UK charities in maximising income streams and donor cultivation
  • Experience of diverse fundraising practices - trusts and foundations and individual giving would be valuable
  • Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills


Qualities - desirable 

  • Experience of large bids to National funders e.g. National Lottery
  • Knowledge of digital or social media
  • Knowledge of the voluntary sector
  • A thorough understanding of the Code of Fundraising Practice

Who are we looking for? 

We expect all team members to share our values. All HSW&TR trustees are active in advocating, fundraising and networking.

The impact of this role 

Support and strategic guidance is key in enabling us to meet and exceed our goals: growth and impact. Our work prioritises disadvantaged parents and young families. Ultimately you will be contributing to the positive change HSW&TR seeks to make to their lives so that they can thrive.

Why be a trustee 

As a small charity HSW&TR recognises the great work, time and commitment of our board. This position is an opportunity to: 

  • Give back to a charity that is dedicated to creating positive impact
  • Enhance your CV and open doors to new career paths
  • Make a difference to those in need
  • Learn about the management and strategy side of charities
  • Utilise your experience and skills within the voluntary sector
  • Work with an interesting team from diverse backgrounds
Application Instructions

How to apply
Application is by CV and supporting statement (of no more than one side of A4) outlining the reasons for your interest in this trustee role. Please send your application via email

More about Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers

Home-Start is a leading family support charity, committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under the age of 5. Pare... Read more

Refreshed on: 20 January 2022
Closing date: 06 March 2022
Job ref: Fundraising Trustee 2021
Tags: Fundraising, Governance

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