We share the vision that we can live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. The London East Branch is one of the branches of RSPCA but we are also a separate registered charity looking after animals in the London East area.
Much of the animal welfare work of RSPCA is carried out through local branches like ours. As a local branch, we also raise fund and engage with our local communities to support the animal welfare work. We offer advice, microchipping, neutering and subsidised animal treatments, as well as rehabilitating and rehoming animals.
The Trustee Opportunity
Are you passionate about animal welfare? Do you feel you have relevant skillsets to help us grow and reach out to more supporters so that we can help more animals?
This is an exciting opportunity to be a hands-on trustee and be involved with our branch, helping to promote kindness and prevent animal cruelty.
Trustees serve on the governing body of the charity and have the responsibility of the running of the Branch. As a trustee of a Branch you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals and drive the implementation of the various initiatives. We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate people who could devote the time to work with us as one of the trustees. This is a voluntary position.
Main responsibilities of a trustee of a local branch
● To be familiar with and support the aims and policies of the RSPCA.
● To work with your fellow trustees and Branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the Branch and the RSPCA.
● To ensure the Branch meets all the animal welfare standards.
● In conjunction with your fellow trustees and Branch support specialist (BSS), to write, adopt, monitor & review a Branch development plan setting out the short and long term aims of our Branch.
● To actively participate in Branch committee meetings and attend the Branch annual general meeting and regional conference.
● To attend the trustee training course.
● To actively promote and advertise the society in an ongoing programme to recruit new Branch trustees and volunteers.
What can we offer you?
● It’s a great way to meet and work with like-minded people who share your passion in promoting animal welfare.
● You will be able to use your skills and experience to oversee the charity and make decisions that have a direct impact on local animal welfare.
● You will have the opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals.
● Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant Branch.
● You will be volunteering at the heart of the local community.
What are we looking for?
You must be committed to the RSPCA’s charitable objectives, having a passion for animals is essential.
We are looking for people from all social and cultural backgrounds, with experience and skills in the following areas:-
● Marketing communication including social media, PR, website;
● Fundraising including corporate fundraising, trust fund and grant applications;
● Local community and supporter relationships; and/or
● Hands-on experience in growing charities
We are also looking for people who are creative and innovative
· who have experience of or are part of the groups and communities we would like to attract,
· who can bring new ideas, different experiences and fresh perspectives to the Committee and
· who can help us put those ideas into action.
You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills. You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense and the ability to be objective are vital. Experience and knowledge in animal welfare topics preferred but not essential.
Please also note that to become a trustee,
· You must be aged 18 or over.
· You need to provide references.
· You need to be a member of our branch for three months before you are eligible to be elected.
· Trustees are elected for a 12 month term each year.
· In terms of time commitment, trustees would normally be expected to attend a monthly committee meeting lasting about 2 to 3 hours.
· We are a small branch and has lots of potential to grow. We’d like someone who can offer at least 2-3 hours per week and be involved with the running and implementation of various initiatives, in addition to attending the regular meetings.
· Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
· Ideally you have access to your own computer or access to one that can be used securely.
Trustees must sign a Trustee Declaration of Willingness to Act to clarify that they are not disqualified from being a trustee and that they accept the post. Trustees need to complete the new declaration from the Charity Commission and read their guidance for individuals on who can’t be a trustee or senior manager of a charity.
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