Peterborough, Peterborough
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Job description

We are currently seeking a new Chairperson, Secretary, and new members for our Board of Trustees at Peterborough Sight (formerly Peterborough Association for the Blind).   We are looking for skilled, enthusiastic, and reliable people to manage the affairs of Peterborough Sight. As a trustee of PS, you will have the chance to influence how we support people with serious sight problems, helping PS to reduce isolation and encourage our members to be involved in their community through activities.

What will you be doing?

Peterborough Sight (formerly Peterborough Association for the Blind) is a long standing charity, the only local organisation supporting people with serious sight problems in the Peterborough area. As a Trustee you will be involved in the governance of the charity, setting the strategic direction as well as supporting the two part time staff.  PS has recently gone through a period of change with new skilled and enthusiastic staff and agreement from our members to change our name and charity status. This is an exciting time to be involved in setting the direction for the charity as we look to the future. We want to continue to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of our members as well as ensure the smooth and efficient running of the charity.  By becoming a Trustee for PS, you would help ensure this all happens by attending and contributing to the bi-monthly Trustee Meetings.

We expect our Trustees to have

  • A commitment to our organisation and its objectives
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
  • Strategic vision
  • Independent judgement
  • An ability to think strategically and creatively and exercise good independent judgement
  • are able to work effectively as a team

We are looking to strengthen our existing Board of Trustees with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with various life experiences and particularly skills in IT, Public Relations, HR, and fundraising.  We are also looking for a new Chairperson and Secretary.  Of course, if there are any other skills or experiences you have other than those mentioned please do let us know. 

As a trustee you will help the governance of PS by ensuring that we:

  • Are providing high quality services to meet the needs of people with serious sight loss
  • Are growing the number and age groups of people we reach
  • Are financially sound
  • Are using our resources wisely, and
  • Are planning sensibly for the future.

To become a Trustee of Peterborough Sight, you do not need to have experience in working with people with serious sight problems.

What difference will you make?

With a number of activities, suitable and made safe and enjoyable for people with serious sight loss we aim to make a difference to the lives of people who can otherwise feel isolated from their community. By listening to the people, we support, we run social activities that reflect their needs and help ensure they are engaged in their community.  The important work of our Board of Trustees enables PS to continue making this difference to the lives of our members. By providing strong leadership and working on our long-term strategy you will help ensure that our charity is in the best possible position to fulfil our mission.

What’s in it for me?

By becoming a Trustee, you will become part of our team and gain the reward and satisfaction knowing that you helped to ensure that the lives of our members were changed for the better.  As well as having the opportunity to share your knowledge and skills, you will also have the chance to learn from your fellow trustees and take part in the various events that PS run.  Trustees are elected for a 12 month term each year.

For more information on becoming a charity trustee, and to ensure it’s the right decision for you, we recommend visiting: 

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Posted on: 04 May 2021
Closing date: 02 August 2021
Job ref: Volunteer Trustee 2021
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