Chair of Trustees

The Treasure Basket Association

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Do you have leadership skills and a drive to get things done? Are you concerned about the impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on children's emotional well-being? Would you like the chance to use your experience to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in your local area? Then this role could be for you.

The Treasure Basket Association is a small West Sussex charity providing play therapy and therapeutic resources to support the emotional well-being of disadvantaged children and families. It was founded by Felicia Lycett, an accredited play therapist.  Felicia started this work in 2015 and registered The Treasure Basket Association as a charity in August 2019 to increase its reach and impact. 

The COVID-19 lockdown has had a massive impact on children's well-being - particularly those from the most disadvantaged households.  The charity is keen to expand its services to help more local children get the support they need to recover from the impact of the lockdown and fulfil their potential. 

The charity is governed by a small board of volunteer trustees who are passionate about the potential of play therapy in improving the life chances of disadvantaged children struggling with emotional issues. Felicia runs the day-to-day operation. 

We are now looking for a new Chair to lead our board team. Your  responsibilities will be to:

  • Chair four board meetings a year and the AGM.
  • Oversee the preparation of the board meetings to ensure there is an effective agenda (supported by the Secretary). 
  • Keep in touch with the other trustees between meetings to ensure they understand and feel positive about their role and are able to make a positive contribution. 
  • Act as a sounding board and critical friend for Felicia Lycett. 
  • Represent the charity at external meetings and events.
  • Oversee the development of the charity's strategy with support from Felicia and the trustees. 
  • Lead regular evaluations of the board's effectiveness and initiate action to address issues and continually improve its governance. 
  • Take urgent action and facilitate decision making between board meetings when it isn’t possible or practical to hold a meeting.

Interested?  Then please get in touch. Click on the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button and we will contact you for an informal chat. 

Skills

You don't need to have been a chair before but you must have:

  • Experience of leading a small team. 
  • Drive and energy and appetite for getting things done. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • An ability to think strategically and an understanding of how strategy is effectively converted into action. 
  • A belief that all children deserve the best possible start in life. 

We are particularly keen to hear from people who have been a charity trustee and who understand what's involved in growing a charity.  However, we also welcome interest from people with leadership or governance experience gained in other contexts.

Benefits

By joining our board you will have the chance to:

  • make a positive difference to the life chances of disadvantaged, local children - including those whose wellbeing has been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. 
  • contribute to the growth and development of a young charity. 
  • meet new people and be part of a postive, committed team. 
  • Gain valuable personal development experience.

When do I need to be available?

Details The time commitment is between 10-20 hours a month and there is considerable flexibility enabling you to fit the role around your other commitments. You will chair four board meetings a year and the annual AGM. You will also meet individually with the founder and other members of the board from time to time; and keep in touch by phone and email; and represent the charity at various events throughout the year.
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  • 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