Chair

The E.Y.E Project (Eco, Young & Engaged)

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Want to do something about climate change? Passionate about young people's potential?  Looking for a committee or trustee role?  If so, please read on.... this is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference to the future of the planet and our young people. 

The E.Y.E. Project (Eco, Young and Engaged) educates young people about environmental sustainability in a fun, engaging way and it creates opportunities for them to take action.  

We are a growing network of schools in West Sussex with an active membership of more than 20 schools (primary - Secondary).  

We've achieved a lot since we started in 2008 but we're ambitious to do much more and we plan to relaunch the project this year - broadening its scope, reach and partnerships. So by joining us now you will have considerable influence over our future direction.

We've just employed a new Project Manager with lots of enthusiasm and ideas for how to engage more school age young people in environmental sustainability and prepare them with the knowledge and skills to contribute to a greener future when they leave school.  

The project is overseen by a small committee of volunteers. We are now looking for someone to chair this committee and help steer the board's thinking to redefine our purpose, direction, partnerships and programmes to meet the challenges of climate change and COVID recovery. 

The committee's role is similar to that of a board of trustees of a charity*. 

  • Agreeing the project's purpose and direction.
  • Agreeing the action plan and budget. 
  • Overseeing the Project Manager's work.
  • Helping develop links and partnerships. 
  • Agreeing fundraising policies, plans and bids. 

We meet every 6-8 weeks, for 1-2 hours. 

The Chair's role is to support the Project Manager in driving forward the strategic development of the project, through leading the Board. The responsibilities are to:

  • Prepare the agendas, with the Project Manager.
  • Chair the meetings and ensure they focus on the right issues.
  • Be a critical friend and sounding board for the Project Manager and their ideas - meeting them regularly. 
  • Get to know the other committee members and encourage their contributions. 
  • Help recruit new committee members when needed, with support from the Project Manager.
  • Be an Ambassador for the Project telling other people and organisations about us and meeting with partners from time to time. 
  • Facilitate urgent decision making between board meetings when it isn’t practical to hold a meeting.

*The project is currently constituted as an unregistered community group but we are considering applying for charitable status, so committee members may become trustees in the future. 

Interested?  Please click the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button and fill in your contact details.   We'll get in touch to tell you more about the project and how to apply. The deadline for applications is Sunday 28th February 2021. 

Skills

You should have experience of sitting on a committee or a board and leading a team (at work or in a voluntary capacity). But you don't need to have been a Chair before. We are a small charity and there are plenty of free resources available to help plug knowledge gaps.  

We are looking for people someone who:

  • Cares about climate change and young people's futures.
  • Is prepared to make an ongoing commitment to our project. 
  • Is able to think strategically and facilitate a strategic discussion. 
  • Enjoys being part of a team and collaborating with others.
  • Has an appetite for getting things done. 
  • Is good at building positive relationships with other people. 


Benefits

  • This is a wonderful opportunity to influence and support the next generation to play their part in tackling climate change.  
  • You will be making a difference and gaining new skills, knowledge and networks yourself. 
  • And you will be joining a fun and friendly bunch of people! (And the young people are amazing too!)

Practical Considerations

We are currently meeting on Zoom but hopefully it won't be too long before we can hold face to face committee meetings again. These will be in Worthing. 

Our AGM is being held on 25th February at 10.30 via Zoom. If you get in touch with us before then, there is an opportunity to join us at the meeting so you can hear more about our future plans and meet the current committee members. 

When do I need to be available?

Details On average, we envisage this role will take about 8-10 hours a month - including the meetings.
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
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Sunday

Where does this role take place?

Adur & Worthing

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  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training