Hello and thanks for showing an interest in Joining our Board of Trustees
We are on a journey and moving into a period of new and exciting opportunities, having recently re-branded to The Advocacy People. We work with all sectors of our communities and we now want to reflect that in our Board.
We’re looking for new Trustees who can bring a different conversation to the table, for our staff and clients – is that you? If so then, first things first, here’s a bit About Us
We are an independent charity, and all the services we provide are free and confidential.
We all know how hard it can be when we don’t feel listened to, when what’s important to us isn’t taken seriously by others, or we just don’t have the words to say what we really feel or want. It can be even more difficult when decisions are being made about our health and social welfare. This is where we can help. We’ll take time to understand our clients’ situations, explore the options and help them decide what they want to do and how they want to do it. We give our clients as much or as little support as they want to put their views across.
We don’t judge, we don’t tell people what to do or take over things which clients can do them themselves.
Our mission is to:
help anybody that needs independent support to speak up
deliver quality and innovation in advocacy through our practice
improve people’s lives individually and collectively through putting their case to policymakers
Our Values are:
People are at the heart of what we do. Anyone can feel powerless and unable to speak up when faced with a difficult situation. Anyone should have access to an advocate
People matter. In an equal society, decisions about people’s lives must be made fairly, involving the person as far as possible
People make the difference. If our staff are happy at work, they will be effective at work
People should be heard at every level of policy and decision-making. We work hard to make this happen
If you think these feel a good fit for you or would like to know more then, here’s what we’re looking for from you:
We would like one or two new people to join us as Trustees. We all know the world has changed and will continue to do so, and we want to broaden the strengths we have on our board to help us respond even better to the new challenges that brings.
The key qualities we are looking for in new trustees are that you are:
Able to take decisions in the best interests of The Advocacy People.
A good team player.
A good communicator able to work well with diverse people.
Committed to the aims, values and mission of The Advocacy People.
Compliant with the Nolan principles of public life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership).
We are particularly keen to explore interest from people with lived experience of the sorts of services we offer, those from a BAMER background, younger people and people with an entrepreneurial background.
In return for your efforts to help us, we can offer you the chance to be part of an organisation delivering something important; to be part of a positive trustee team keen to support each other and the management; and an opportunity to develop and learn new skills.
The Role of Trustees(more detail can be found in the attached Role Description)
Trustees are the people who serve on The Advocacy People’s Board. Our Board’s role is to ensure that the organisation is well governed; and to provide strategic leadership. Trustees therefore have the ultimate responsibility for guiding the affairs of The Advocacy People, ensuring that we deliver charitable outcomes for the benefit of our service users.
Being a Trustee is a volunteer role so is unpaid. Out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel) are reimbursed.
The Advocacy People are based in Hastings, in Sussex, but Trustee meetings may be England-wide or conducted remotely, so some travel to Board and other meetings should be expected.
Trustee time commitment is approximately 1-2 days per month. Besides communicating by email and other online platforms, this involves preparation for and attendance at four Board meetings per annum and an annual strategic “awayday”.
To find out more:
Apply by clicking on the APPLY buttonor if you'd like to know more about us an organisation before you apply, you can visithttps://www.theadvocacypeople.org.uk/and when ready toapply go to our Jobs page and apply through there.
For an informal conversation, please contact Matthew, CEO, at:
Once we have got a shortlist of candidates, we will try to arrange a discussion for each person on that shortlist either over the phone or online with one or two current members of the board.