Trustee

The Treasure Basket Association

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Are you an experienced charity trustee? Are you concerned about the impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on children's emotional wellbeing? 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 charity is governed by a board of six people 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.  

The COVID-19 lockdown has had a massive impact on children's wellbeing - 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.  It has recently received funding from the Sussex Community Foundation and Worthing Community Chest, to help with this. 

We are now looking for two more trustees to help strengthen our board and provide more development capacity.  As a small charity, with no paid staff yet, we need trustees who are able to provide strong direction and use their skills and experience to help us develop. 

Your role will be to:

  • Attend the board meetings (about 6 times a year)
  • Participate in developing the strategy for increasing our reach and impact. 
  • Oversee the work of the charity - ensuring resources are being used appropriately and the charity is complying with all legal and regulatory obligations. 
  • Take a lead role in overseeing and steering a particular aspect of the charity's development (linked to your particular skillset and interests). 
  • Be a sounding board and critical friend for the founder.

Skills

We are particularly keen to hear from people who have been a charity trustee and who understand what's involved in growing a local charity.  However, we also welcome interest from people with governance and leadership experience in other contexts who have skills that could contribute to our development.  

You  must have:

  • Drive and energy and appetite for getting things done. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to work as part of a small team.
  • An ability to think strategically and convert strategy into effective action. 
  • A belief that all children deserve the best possible start in life. 

If you have specialist skills in business development, raising grant funding, commissioning, marketing and communications then that would be great too. But we are also interested to hear from people from other backgrounds. 


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. 


Practical Considerations

Our board meets in Worthing. 

When do I need to be available?

Details You should be able to commit to attending board meetings. Beyond this, there is considerable flexibility to help you fit this role around your other commitments.
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Where does this role take place?

Worthing

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  • Details
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  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • 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