Worthing Mencap

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Worthing Mencap helps people with learning disabilities lead full and independent lives. We support people who live in Worthing, Adur and Arun. 

We are an active, progressive charity - championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and their families and  providing them with support. From our premises at South Farm Road, Worthing, we run an advice and information drop-in, a successful charity shop, and various clubs, activities and services. We also run Buddys cafe which provides work experience for students with learning disabilities. 

Since it was founded in 1958, Worthing Mencap has been instrumental in setting up local services for people with learning disabilities in Worthing and the surrounding areas. These include Ferring Country Centre and Sussex Seals that now operate as successful charities in their own right.

We are supported by over 80 volunteers. 

Worthing Mencap Society are an affiliated partner of the Royal Mencap Society (Mencap). Worthing Mencap is a completely separate charity, holding it’s own charity number, bank accounts, vision, mission and values, and board of trustees. Worthing Mencap operate purely to benefit people in the Worthing, Adur and Arun area. We do actively partner the Royal Mencap Society on national campaigns and projects, but have the autonomy to make our own informed decisions on how we do this. We actively work as part of a consortium with other local charities and organisations such as the Aldingbourne Trust to deliver some of our work.

Our board of trustees meets monthly and is ultimately responsible for the charity.

  • It makes the big decisions about our purpose, priorities and resources. 
  • It oversees our work and finances; and supports the staff.
  • It makes sure we are managing the big risks and complying with the law.
We currently have 8 people on the board with skills and experience in governance, finance, business, education, health care and carer/parent.  We are looking for 2-3 additional trustees to strengthen the board.

Your responsibilities as a trustee will be to:

  • Prepare for, and attend our board meetings. 
  • Contribute your skills, experience, and knowledge to the board's discussions.
  • Take a particular interest in one or more of our areas of work. 
  • Be an Ambassador for Worthing Mencap - telling other people and organisations about us. 

Being a trustee is a long term commitment. We are looking for people able to join us for at least 2-3 years. 

If you'd like to find out more, please click the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button, fill in your details and we will get in touch for an initial informal chat. 


We are looking for people who have:

  • Interest in enabling people with learning disabilities or autism to fulfill their potential. 
  • Some knowledge of how small charities work - this could include being a volunteer.
  • Skills and knowledge which could help strengthen our board. 

We are particularly keen to hear from younger people and from parent/carers. 

You should be able to:

  • Think strategically and creatively.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Work as part of a team, while being willing to speak your mind.


  • This is a wonderful opportunity to help make a difference to the lives of many local people living with learning disabilities. 
  • You will have the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge and develop your local networks.
  • And you will be joining a friendly bunch of people! 

When do I need to be available?

Details You should be able to commit about 8 hours a month on average - including the board meetings.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

121 South Farm Road
BN14 7AX

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • 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
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training