About The Charity - Brief (See end of document for full information)
JourneymanUK is a grassroots community mentoring charity addressing the needs of teenage boys and their parents as they traverse the choppy waters of adolescence.
Volunteer mentors in local communities are trained and supported by members of the Central Coordination team to run regular ‘Journeyman Groups’. These provide regular and ongoing opportunities for young people who identify as male (including those uncertain and wishing to explore their identity) to be heard, seen and welcomed into a community of kind, open and engaged adults. Sometimes these are better known as Mens Circles, or Men & Boys Circles.
Journeyman UK’s is looking for a new Chair to lead our Board of Trustees and continue supporting young men and boys.
What will you be doing?
The Chair will provide leadership by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of Journeyman UK’s charitable purposes.
In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, duties of the Chair include the following
Providing direction to Journeyman UK and the Board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of our services to our beneficiaries.
Chairing and facilitating Board meetings
Helping create strategic plans
Checking that decisions taken at meetings are implemented and coordinating actions taken
Working closely with the Journeyman UK Head of Operations and supporting the operations team
Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
What are we looking for?
Journeyman UK values diversity, promotes equality and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of the care system.
We are looking for someone who has the following experience and skills
A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort (est, 2-4 hours p/week)
Experience of leadership and chairing boards
Experience on a Board of Trustees (At least one full term)
Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to Journeyman UK’s strategic objectives, mission and vision.
Good, independent judgement
An ability to think creatively
Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively.
An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship
An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
What difference will you make?
Your leadership will make a difference by facilitating and stimulating well-rounded and strategic decision-making whilst working in partnership with the HOO, Trustees and other members of staff to achieve the aims of our organisation. You will support our Board to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity and take us to the next stage.
Before you apply
To apply please submit a CV and supporting statement.
In the supporting statement, please include
How your skills and experience match the person specification.
Why you wish to join Journeyman UK’s Board.
How the time commitment will fit in your existing schedule and whether it will clash with other responsibilities.
Any other relevant details in support of your application
Counselling / advice
Training / employment support
Desired Skills and Experience
Financial management, Governance, Strategic development and planning, Project / programme management
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HOW TO APPLY
Your CV (no more than three sides)
A supporting ‘personal statement’ (either written or video) which sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the Knowledge and Experience criteria (no more than two sides or 3 minutes)
An ‘Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form’ - the information you provide will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. This form is voluntary will not be treated as part of your application
Any other supporting documentation you feel is relevant to your application.
ABOUT JOURNEYMAN UK
Journeyman UK is a registered charity dedicated to supporting boys aged 13 to 17 in discovering their potential as they navigate the choppy waters of adolescence. We enable communities to skilfully take responsibility for supporting their boys and young men become the adults they want to be.
We create communities in which experienced adults support young men during their transition from childhood to maturity, equipping them to deal with life’s challenges and empowering them to contribute positively to society.
What We Do
Journeyman UK supports boys to become the men they would like to be with trained support and expert Mentorship. We are dedicated to helping boys in discovering their potential and to providing support during challenges.
In adolescence boys embark on a journey to maturity during which they will encounter changes, challenges, and new experiences, many of which will shape them for life. Although each path is different, the journey to healthy masculinity is far more likely to be successful with support, guidance, and encouragement from the older men of the community.
We encourage local people to turn up for their adolescents, by forming cohesive groups of adults to create a healthy functional culture to bring the boys into, which they then become an integral part of co-creating, in an intergenerational experience.
We rely on a network of volunteers, multi-generational-aware mentors, parents, teachers, and trustees of all genders and backgrounds who support our work. We run small group mentoring circles, where several men and boys participate in a long term offer of weekly or fortnightly groups - usually outside in nature around a fire.
It is easier to grow strong boys than to fix broken men.
Our work requires a recognition and witnessing of the boy on the verge of stepping into adulthood; a moment where he can be seen and accompanied on the journey of leaving childhood attitudes behind and stepping up to be the man he wants to be, with all the responsibility, courage, and honour that this requires. This is his rite of passage.
True community support for these young men requires ongoing time and connection with adult male role models. They need space to explore and practice their interactions with others. They can learn how to handle conflict, fear, anxiety, responsibility, stress, feelings of shame, joy, anger, i.e. the full range of emotions, and what feelings are for and how to work with them constructively. This includes mind, body / somatic, emotions, meaning and purpose, passion, and the 5th element spirituality - however they relate to it (we are open to all healthy expressions of this - what gives your life meaning passion, purpose and places your life in a bigger context).
Using experiential and informal education techniques, Journeyman teaches critical life skills
including: learning to listen and communicate in groups, how to build relationships at home and
beyond (regardless of background/class/colour), how to speak up and build self-awareness, how to understand their emotional, cognitive and physical needs/changes.This is achieved through patient mentoring on a regular basis in local groups.
A lot of the work we do revolves around supporting the men who step up to mentor the boys. To be effective adult male role models, we must be willing to explore our own challenges and triggers as men. ‘Being an adult’ can never be reduced to some perfect ideal; we need to deal with the conflict, responsibility, stress, feelings of shame, joy and anger that come up for us in this work. Creating communities of men means working with this ourselves as well. We emphasise a culture of service and giving as we receive – this is fundamental to the Journeyman way.
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