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VACANCY: Seeking new Young Bristol Board Members

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of Trustees of Young Bristol – a charity with an outstanding record of supporting young people in the Bristol area for over 90 years. As a member of our committed and enthusiastic Board, you will help shape the future of the charity – and support Young Bristol’s work to transform lives. Serving on the Young Bristol Board will offer a deep sense of satisfaction while expanding your knowledge of charity governance and youth services. 

The Charity 

Young Bristol is recognised as one of Bristol’s leading providers of community-based youth services, through our club network based in some of Bristol’s most challenging communities. Partnering with other community-based organisations and working directly with young people through our programme of activities, we respond creatively to the needs of young people and help them to realise their capabilities. We are a valued provider of outdoor activities, creative arts, instructor training and informal educational programmes for young people during and outside of school hours. We provide positive activities and safe places designed to help young people to build confidence, skills, and self- esteem whilst having fun and improving their pathway to employment. 

Young Bristol has a strong record of success, with some notable achievements in the past few years. We recently launched the Youth Bus – the result of an extraordinarily successful fundraising campaign to mark the charity’s 90th birthday – and is bringing a renewed focus to the clubs’ network. 

Young Bristol’s turnover in 2018/19 was over £800,000 and has been growing steadily year on year. The Charity’s income derives from a range of sources including large grants to deliver programmes and activities, donations from individuals and foundations and income from the delivery of activities. We are seeking to increase income from all sources, and in the coming year Young Bristol is hoping to develop a plan for a new outdoor activities centre to replace the former site at Kingcott Farm. The future new centre, once developed, will allow us to generate surpluses that can be used to support Young Bristol’s charitable activities in addition to serving the needs of local schools and clubs. 

The Board 

The Board of Trustees of Young Bristol is recruiting new members to complement the skills of existing Board members at an exciting – as well as challenging – time for the charity. We are looking for people who feel passionate about our mission as well as having the desire and ability to help Young Bristol achieve its ambitious goals. At this time, we are particularly interested in individuals with experience in one or more of the following areas: Governance/Regulation of Charities, Youth Voice/Working with Youth. Information about our current Board members can be found at: https://youngbristol.com/our-work/our-team/. 

In addition, successful candidates should ideally be able to demonstrate: 

  • • A track record of sound judgement and effective decision making 
  • • Empathy with and a desire to support young people 
  • • A commitment to promoting equality and diversity 
  • • The ability and willingness to devote the necessary time and effort 
  • • The disposition to speak their mind and offer constructive challenge when appropriate 
  • • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis 
  • • The ability to work effectively and collegially as a member of the Board 
  • • An understanding of the respective roles of the Board and the senior management team 

Board Responsibilities 

The Board of Trustees is jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, and legal and regulatory guidelines. Details regarding the organisation’s vision, mission and values can be found on the Young Bristol website (www.youngbristol.com). 

The Trustee appointment is a voluntary role, with an initial appointment of three years, renewable twice. The Board meets at least six times a year, in Bristol. 

Process 

Individuals interested in applying to join the Board of Trustees of Young Bristol should submit a copy of their c.v. and a covering note explaining their interest in the role to Lee Williams, Chief Executive of Young Bristol, at lw@youngbristol.com. For further information about the role, potential candidates may contact the Chair of the Board, Jamie Cameron, at Jamie.cameron@burges-salmon.com. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2021 and candidates who have been short-listed will be invited for interview shortly thereafter. 

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