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Fitmums Trustee Vacancy

Fitmums and Friends is a charity which provides support for men, women and children to be active through the delivery of walk, run, cycle and athletics sessions. The bulk of activities are delivered by an extensive volunteer network, across the Humber, North & South Yorkshire. 

The organisation has been operational since 2009 becoming a registered charity with a board of Trustees in 2017. At the end of the most recent membership year the charity was supporting nearly 1000 members; spread across 11 clubs with around 300 volunteers delivering sessions. 

In addition, the charity also supports a coaching development structure; mental health champions; guide runners; an intensive support scheme called In the Pink; a team who deliver activities for people affected by sight loss and an inter-generational choir. 

The charity has exciting plans to continue its growth in supporting men, women and children to become active. To help them grow they need experienced members of the public to join the existing Board of four trustees. They are particularly keen to recruit individuals with Social Entrepreneurship skills and/or experience but welcome all applications.

Board meetings are held every two months either at Fitmums and Friends HQ on Greenwood Avenue, Hull or virtually via Zoom. 

The Board is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of Fitmums and Friends and guides and supports the Chief Officer and her team.  

To find out more please contact Tony Sutton – Chair of Trustees via admin@fitmums.org.uk 

For more information about Fitmums, go to their website (opens in a new tab) 

Guide Dogs need volunteers

Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight-that’s why the charity Guide Dogs need your help! Want to make a difference – Join the Guide Dogs Family of Volunteers

As restrictions ease Guide Dogs are now opening up and as they rely so greatly on their volunteers for support they are currently recruiting for:

Fundraisers in the Hull & Humber Region

Would you like to have fun and help change people’s lives at the same time? There are lots of ways you can raise money for Guide Dogs – from organising an event with friends and family, to taking part in a charity challenge – or even hosting a dogs’ tea party! Your support will help fund vital services that enable thousands of visually impaired people to lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives. You can choose how much time you give to this role and you must be aged 16 or over. You could give five minutes, five days or more.

Puppy Walkers in Selby, Brayton, Barlby , and Howden

Puppy Walkers play a vital role in the early socialisation and education of guide dogs. At about seven weeks of age, puppies start their early training, remaining with you until between 12-16 months of age. They then head off to a training centre to begin their specialised training.

  • You will need to care for, feed and train the puppy. This is very time consuming and – particularly when young – our puppies cannot be left on their own for more than three hours.
  • You will be expected to teach basic obedience commands and you will need a suitable outside area (ideally gravel or pavement) where the puppy can go to the toilet.
  • The puppy must be familiarised with different environments and you will be expected to introduce the puppy to different people, sounds and situations.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in volunteering for them, please contact Linda Conway on 03451430207 or apply directly here (opens in a new tab)

Versus Arthritis launches UK’s first condition-specific coronavirus chatbot

Versus Arthritis has developed an AI chatbot for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affected by Covid-19.  It says it is the first coronavirus chatbot to be developed specifically for people with a long-term health condition in the UK. COVA was developed by the charity’s in-house digital team with support from AI specialists Filament in just 14 days. 

Versus Arthritis had been experiencing a significant increase in demand on its helpline, website, online community and social media channels. COVA incorporates health information with answers from Versus Arthritis as well as the British Society for Rheumatology, the NHS and GOV.UK. 

Versus Arthritis is currently exploring partnerships with other health charities to see if they can add relevant information to COVA, and so expand its capability.  

You can find out more here (opens in a new tab)

Become a Neighbourhood Network trustee 

The Neighbourhood Network are seeking dynamic and influential individuals who can contribute to the ongoing development of a forward thinking charity, raising the profile and growing the charity to support a wider reach of communities. 

Vision: People will feel better equipped and informed to create safer environments in which to live and work 

Mission: Work with and support people to make their communities safer 

Aims: 

  • To support and empower people aiming to create safer environments 
  • To be a support to other organisations helping communities to be more proactive in reducing crime 
  • To be a trusted communicator and educator of key messages from Community Safety Partners 
  • To be an introducer and facilitator of engagement between Neighbourhood Network members, community safety partners and others 
  • To provide cost effective community safety solutions to Neighbourhood Network members and the wider public. 

If you feel you could contribute, please feel free to contact them on Tel: 01482 826061 or email office@nnetwork.org.uk.

The trustees meetings take place every 3 months. 

Recruitment of Co-opted members for Two Ridings Community Foundation Grants Committee

Deadline 30th April

Could you be part of shaping and informing our grant making strategy and decisions?

TRCF are looking for people to join their Grants Committee as co-opted members. This means
you would sit alongside  trustee representatives on the Grants Committee to add additional and specific insight and experience.

Co-opted members have the same rights and responsibilities as trustees on the Grants Committee but the majority of the attendees must be trustees and the chair of the committee is always a trustee.

The Grants Committee reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for:

  • Assessing the impact of the grant-making programmes;
  • Overseeing the overall Foundation grant making strategy as well as the management and administration of the Foundation’s grant making process;
  • Reviewing grant applications, approving grants on behalf of the Board and ratifying decisions made by advisory panels or grants made under delegated authority;
  • Assisting in securing and overseeing the delivery of new funds; and
  • Identifying ways other than grant-making for the Foundation to contribute appropriately to meeting the needs of local communities and monitor progress of the initiatives prioritised.

The Grants Committee meets quarterly in June, September, December & March.

Meetings are usually in the afternoon on a Monday (usually the second Monday of the month) and
last up to 2 hours (see below for 2020/21 dates).

Meetings are held in their offices in York and travel expenses will be paid. They will also offer an induction session before the first meeting.

They are particularly looking for co-opted members who can add insight and experience of:

  • Social enterprise
  • Impact and evaluation of grant making activity
  • Applying for funding from the perspective of a charity based in the region
  • Understanding the challenges facing some groups from accessing funding (e.g. black, Asian, minority ethnic groups)

Interested?

Please send an email to Jan Garrill, CEO, (jgarrill@tworidingscf.org.uk ) outlining briefly why
you would like to join the Grants Committee and what knowledge or understanding you would bring.

Trustees with Absolutely Cultured

Deadline 5th April

Absolutely Cultured are looking to appoint a number of enthusiastic individuals to join their Board of Trustees. As member of the Board, you will be joining them at an exciting time as they shape and implement a new strategy for 2020 and beyond.

As a Trustee you will use your skills, knowledge and experience to guide the strategic direction, ensure good governance, and raise the profile of the company.

They want to hear from people who are passionate about the work Absolutely Cultured do, and they are actively seeking applications from a wide-range of candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Further information about the role and how to apply can be found here (pdf opens in a new tab)

My Guide Sighted Guide

Covering Hull, Beverley, Bridlington , Doncaster, Stamford Bridge or Market Weighton, you will support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence.

What does the role involve?

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals (commonly weekly)
  • The lengths of partnerships vary, from 6 weeks to 12months+, your availability will be matched with a suitable customer
  • Undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately 2 days)
  • Support access to local services and facilities in their local community
  • Provide regular feedback on progress and any issues that arise to your line manager
  • Provide the My Guide role at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan
  • Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures 

Location: Your local community / possible travel to support people out of area

What skills or experience are required?

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Able to undertake your role safely and effectively
  • Act in a non-judgemental way, without discrimination

What will I get out of it?

  • Make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with other Guide dogs’ volunteers
  • An opportunity to build experience and knowledge of sight loss and develop your existing skills
  • Gain skills and experience whilst doing something that you enjoy
  • Build experience and skills while growing your confidence
  • Meet people, have fun and be part of your community
  • Help a charity do more while you learn what you are
  • good at
  • Become a valued and integral part of the Guide Dogs team
  • Increasing the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss through the delivery of the My Guide service

What support / training will I get?

  • 1 Day Sighted Guide Training and certificate upon completion of training
  • Guide Dogs safeguarding training
  • Payment of all out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs policy
  • An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available
  • Support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively

Will I need to do a Disclosure check?

Yes, this role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.

For more information contact Linda Conway Linda.Conway@guidedogs.org.uk  Tel: 03451430207

Guide Dogs, Volunteer Speaker

Covering Hull , Beverley, Bridlington , Doncaster, Stamford Bridge, you will give talks and presentations about the work of Guide Dogs within a designated area, in line with the guidelines received at speaker training courses

What does the role involve?

  • Giving talks when requested to local organisations and groups within a 15 mile radius of the your home
  • Keeping up to date with Guide Dogs news and key messages (Talks should be natural and enthusiastic, tailored to the audience and following guidelines on current key messages)
  • Passing any donations given for talks to the Mobility Team as per guidelines
  • Attending cheque presentations when requested by the local Mobility Team
  • Informing your Mobility Team Support Worker of any requests to do talks using the speaker cards supplied
  • Encouraging local organisations and groups to volunteer or fundraise on behalf of Guide Dogs

Location: At local groups, this may include community groups/ schools / businesses

What skills or experience are required?

  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to give clear information that will be remembered
  • Able to adapt presentation to your audience
  • No DBS required

What will I get out of it?

  • Meet a variety of local groups and people
  • Enjoy giving information about Guide Dogs’ aims which enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else

What support / training will I get?

  • Regular and ongoing support from your supervisor
  • Induction to Guide Dogs
  • Speaker training covering content and approach
  • Payment of out of pocket expenses agreed in advance (40p per mile)

For more information contact Linda Conway Linda.Conway@guidedogs.org.uk  Tel: 03451430207

Humber Learning Consortium – Trustee Recruitment

Deadline 31st January

Humber Learning Consortium are a leading 3rd Sector Learning & Skills provider in the Humber region, with a focus on supporting and developing people in deprived communities, using community based providers. HLC supported over 3000 people in 2018/2019, are working with over 40 delivery partners in the Humber, and currently hold contracts with a value of over £25 million.

They are looking for committed, and enthusiastic trustees, with the skills and experience to steer and develop the governance and strategy of the Charity. Whether you’re an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at Board level, they would be interested in hearing from you. They are particularly interested in hearing from people with skills and experience in education and learning, finance, safeguarding and legal and regulatory sector.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the expression of interest, which can be downloaded from their website (opens in a new tab) by 31st January 2020. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please e mail trustee@hlc-vol.org  with your contact details, and one of HLC’s Board or Senior Management Team will contact you at your convenience.

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by HLC’s Board by mid February. The Board will contact those applicants they wish to invite to an informal discussion. The informal discussion will be held on HLC’s 18th Birthday on 28th February 2020 (they will be flexible if this is not convenient).

Volunteering Opportunities with Guide Dogs for the Blind

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss. We provide a range of services with and beyond the dog to help thousands of people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.

Are you seeking an exciting opportunity to volunteer with a forward thinking organisation that can offer a variety of opportunities? Some roles require you to give a specific amount of time, or have particular skills. Most roles just need your time and enthusiasm

If you are interested, please contact Linda Conway Volunteer Co-ordinator on 03451430207

My Guide Volunteers  ( Hull area )

Clients are blind or partially sighted so getting out alone can often be a scary challenging experience for them. The Sighted Guide can support them through helping them get familiar with their surroundings. This role is to provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them go to the local shops, go out for a coffee, a walk or anything else the client feels they need support with. The can also involve supporting Guide Dog Owners with free running their Guide Dog. This role is to increase independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss.

Are you ….

  • A People person
  • Good communication skills
  • Non- judgemental
  • Maintain professional boundaries at all times
  • Willing to undertake training required for the role

Puppy Walker Volunteer  (Predominantly for the Selby Area)

The role of a puppy walker has the challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home.  You will be providing the puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog with someone with sight loss. Feeding, training and generally caring for a puppy’s needs on a daily basis is time consuming and, particularly when very young, they cannot be left on their own for more than three hours

  • You will develop and care for a puppy as directed by your supervisor and as described in Puppy Walking Policies and Procedures
  • You will familiarise the puppy with many different environments
  • Teaching basic obedience commands

You will need access to a suitable area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, including first thing in the morning and last thing at night

The satisfaction that you have had a pivotal role in providing guide dogs that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else

Fundraisers needed  (Hull & Humber Region)

Why not become a Fundraising Volunteer with the Guide Dogs for the Blind and make a real difference to people’s lives? Another great opportunity to meet new people and learn about the world of fundraising.

They are looking for enthusiastic people in a variety of locations who are interested in supporting their many fundraising events and activities throughout the year, including:

  • Street collections on ‘flag’ days
  • Help on stalls at local events
  • Take Collection Boxes to local businesses
  • Attending local events organised by Branches or Community Fundraiser and keeping track of what they sell on their stalls (including the cuddly toys!)
  • Count donations

All they ask of you is a positive attitude, your commitment to their ethos and some of your time. Have fun, meet new people and learn more about the organisation, whilst at the same time raising money that will help transform the lives of people living with sight loss.