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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
(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:
Terms of Appointments
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.