Youth Talk provides a free, confidential counselling service to 13–25 year olds who live in the District of St Albans. We are looking for additional Board members with particular expertise in either fundraising and marketing, mental health services, or technology and digital development
It is an exciting time for Youth Talk having recently appointed a new Chief Executive who is working with the Board to develop a new three-year strategy for the Charity.
Why our work is so important
The mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people has never been so high on the public agenda
- 14.4% of 11-16 year olds have a diagnosable mental health disorder. This increases to 16.9% of 17–19 year olds
- Half of all mental health problems appear before the age of 14, with one in four enduring mental health conditions evident by the age of 24.
- Three in four children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not have access to the support they need.
- Less than 1% of the total NHS budget is spent on children and young people’s mental health services. Around 8% of the total NHS mental health budget is spent on children’s mental health.
- The average maximum waiting time for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is 6 months for a first appointment and nearly 10 months for the start of treatment.
- 76% of parents in a recent survey said their child’s mental health deteriorated while waiting to receive help.
- The number of A&E attendances by young people aged 18 or under with a recorded diagnosis of a psychiatric condition has almost tripled since 2010.
- In 2017 suicide was the most common cause of death for both boys (16.2% of all deaths) and girls (13.3%) aged between 5 and 19.
(Statistics kindly provided by Young Minds & Office for National Statistics)
These figures do not include everyday events faced by young people such as bereavement or family breakup which can impact on a young persons emotional and mental wellbeing.
Within our catchment area we estimate there to be over 19,000 young people/adolescents between the ages of 13-25 years. Approximately 20% (3,800) of this group may experience a mental health problem and need support in any given year. In 2018/19 we were able to support 254 young people.
 Mental Health of Children and Young People Survey, NHS Digital 2017
Being a Youth Talk Trustee
Youth Talk is constituted as a charitable company limited by guarantee. Trustees have the same responsibilities and liabilities as a Board of Directors of any Limited Company.
Trustees work in partnership with the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operational management and delivery of the Charity’s strategy and plan.
The main responsibilities of Trustees are:
- To set and maintain the Charity's vision, mission and values.
- To ensure that Youth Talk complies at all times with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
- To ensure that Youth Talk pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
- To ensure secure financial stability, maintain proper financial control and ensure that Youth Talk applies its resources exclusively in the pursuit of its objectives.
- To provide strategic leadership, framing overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- To ensure accountability.
- To support the operational management of the organisation.
- To draw up and monitor the implementation of internal policies, including those relating to safeguarding, equality and diversity, health and safety, and grievance and disciplinary matters.
- To ensure that risk assessments for all aspects of the business are carried out.
- To safeguard the good name and values of Youth Talk.
- To maintain effective Board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity, including funding, insurance and premises.
- To promote Youth Talk, and to act in its best interests always declaring any other vested interests or circumstances that could conflict with of the work and services of the Charity.
- All Trustees should ensure that they are aware of and take responsibility for their safeguarding responsibilities towards children and young people. This will include completing a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Terms of Appointments
- The role of Trustee is unremunerated. Reasonable out of pocket travel expenses incurred as part of discharging trustee responsibilities will be reimbursed.
- Trustees serve an initial three-year term, after which they are eligible for re-appointment.
Board meetings are held 5 times a year in St Albans, usually on a weekday evening. The Charity’s AGM also normally takes place on a weekday evening. Trustees must be able to attend most meetings and be able to respond to relevant email correspondence in a timely manner.
In addition to attending the regular meetings, Board members are expected to contribute to the Charity’s work in other ways, for example, acting as ‘lead trustee’ for a particular area of work.
Trustees are also expected to act as champions and ambassadors for the Charity, attending and contributing to occasional public or private events - for example, supporter/fundraising events, Board away days, and events aimed at the organisation’s public profile.
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