The BIRD Charity is a small local charity that supports children and adults with learning difficulties and/or brain injuries and their families. The organisation is an independent charity with a 35 year history.
The charity provides physical and educational therapies, information and advice to support the individuals who seek it’s service and their families irrespective of their age or severity of condition. BIRD treats people with conditions such as autism, dyspraxia, delayed development, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and children who are falling behind at school for no apparent reason. BIRD markedly improves the lives of over 90% of individuals who come to us for help.
BIRD’s services are thriving – we currently support over 250 beneficiaries every year. We are able to achieve this through the support of our local community, individuals, clubs, companies and grant-giving organisations.
You can find out more by visiting our website www.birdcharity.org.uk
Scope of the role:
BIRD’s Trustees support with strategic planning and decision making. They ensure that decisions are in the best interests of the beneficiaries and that there is good financial management and oversight. The Board of Trustees at BIRD meet with the Chief Executive regularly to discuss progress, challenges and to make key decisions.
The Charity Commission outlines 6 key duties of a Charity Trustee:
- Ensure the charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit
- Comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
- Act in the charity’s best interests
- Manage the charity’s resources responsibly
- Act with reasonable care and skill
- Ensure the charity is accountable
Skills & Qualities:
We are seeking new Trustees with an empathy for our work to complement the skills and experience of our existing board members. Our Board currently has a broad range of skills and personal experience. To complement and enhance our Board we are interested in hearing from individuals who have experience/skills in the following areas:
- Social Care
- Business Development
We would also like to hear from individuals who feel they have other skills that would benefit a small, local charity like BIRD that is looking to forge new relationships with schools, nurseries, health and educational professionals.
This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS Check. This is a voluntary, unpaid role, expenses will be made available to cover reasonable travel/other costs.