Community Works

Register your Interest

Are you involved in voluntary action in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing? 

Would you like to help strengthen the voice of voluntary action?  

Would you like to influence the way voluntary action is supported and engaged? 

Over the next year, Community Works is looking for six new trustees to help shape our priorities and oversee our work. If you’ve said ‘yes’ to the questions above, please read on.  You may be just the kind of person we are looking for. 

You don't need to have been a trustee before or have any board experience.

We aim to have a diverse and inclusive board – reflecting the communities we support and bringing a diverse range of voices, skills, backgrounds and experiences to our board conversations. 

About Community Works

Community Works is a charity. We help voluntary and community action to build stronger and fairer communities for everyone in Brighton, Hove, Adur and Worthing.

We do this by:

  • Supporting voluntary and community organisations, and connecting them with local businesses and public bodies. 
  • Providing ways for voluntary and community action to influence the policies of public bodies.
  • Helping local residents find volunteering roles with local organisations. 

Over 600 voluntary and community organisations have joined Community Works as members. And we are supported by over 80 volunteers. 

Local councils and grant making bodies provide most of our funding. 

About the board 

Community Works is governed by a board of trustees. The trustee are volunteers and some also work or volunteer for one of our member organisations.

The board is ultimately responsible for everything Community Works does. 

  • It makes the big decisions about our purpose, priorities and resources. 
  • It oversees our work and finances; and supports the Chief Executive and their team. 
  • It makes sure we are managing the big risks and complying with the law.

The board’s role is strategic. It doesn’t get involved in day-to-day work – although it does hear about the impact of that work at its meetings.

What a trustee does

As a trustee, your role would involve:

  • Attending board meetings (4 in a year, plus an awayday). 
  • Getting involved in a sub-group (4 in a year). 
  • Being a sounding board for staff.
  • Representing the Board at external meetings, at our events and on social media. 


Click the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button and fill in your contact details.

We will then get in touch for an informal chat so you can find out more about what’s involved before deciding whether to apply.


You don’t need to have been a trustee before. We will design a personalised induction and development programme with you, so you can give your best to the role. This could include training, buddying, shadowing staff and observing a meeting before you join. 

We are particularly keen to encourage people who fit one or more of the following descriptions - as these are gaps in our current board:

  • You live, work or volunteer in a ward experiencing deprivation.
  • You work or volunteer for a small charity, social enterprise or community group.
  • You are a social activist.
  • You have experienced discrimination and/or racism.
  • You are aged under 30.
  • You live, work or volunteer in Adur or Worthing.

We would also like to hear from you if you have skills and experience in any of these areas (whether or not you fit the descriptions above):

  • Lobbying and campaigning.
  • Representing and advocating for marginalised voices.
  • Networking.
  • Partnership working.

This is not an exclusive list - if you think you have something to offer the Community Works board, we are keen to hear from you – whichever part of our area you live, work or volunteer in, and whatever your background.


You will have the opportunity to influence Community Works' voice and priorities - which in turn influences policy makers, funders, commissioners, businesses, the public and the hundreds of voluntary organisations in our area. If you feel there are things Community Works could do better or differently, this is your chance to help bring about that change.

We will co-produce a personalised induction and development programme with you - so you can give your best to the trustee role and gain new skills, experience and networks to strengthen your contribution to your day job or volunteer role.

We also hope you will find fulfilment, inspiration, and connection as a volunteer trustee with Community Works.

Practical Considerations

When do I need to be available?

Details As a minimum, you will need to be able to prepare for, and attend: 4 board meetings a year in Brighton; an awayday; 4 sub-group meetings a year. We hope you will also be able to get involved in other activities. But we appreciate you may not have much time to give - especially if you are running a voluntary organisation yourself. So let's talk about how much time you can offer Community Works and the best way to spend that time.
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Where does this role take place?

Adur, Worthing, Brighton & Hove

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  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • 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