An exciting opportunity has arisen for new trustees to join our existing board who support a team of paid staff and volunteers to deliver services to vulnerable children throughout north east Fife. We are looking for people who can work as a member of a team, who respect the core values of Families First and can support and direct the strategic planning of Families First.
Families First is a small independent charity, working with children aged 5-16 years, living in north east Fife, who have additional support needs. The challenges children face include Autism, poor physical and mental health, social problems such as poverty and isolation.
Our overall objectives are to strengthen the social and emotional development of children, young people and their parents and carers so they can become effective contributors to their communities.
The trustees offer strategic guidance and provide a governance role to Families First as an organisation. The trustees are looking for new members who can offer their skills and expertise to support Families First’s mission …
… “Families First work alongside children and young people to overcome the personal challenges they face in life”.
We are looking for trustees who have expertise in any of the following: finance, fundraising, law, digital and children’s work. Along with your skills and expertise the trustees are looking for people who value the difference small charities can make to local communities.
Families First attract their full operational costs through funding applications to charitable trusts and the local authority; through local fundraising, business, community groups, University of St Andrews and donations.
The board meet officially 6 times per annum which includes 4 business meetings, one strategic planning session and an AGM. Meetings last no more than 2 hours (apart from the strategic planning session). Some trustees chose to become involved in sub committees, which could take an additional 4-6 hours per annum. The meetings take place in St Andrews and the venue is fully accessible.
The day-to-day business operations are delegated to the paid staff.
It is expected that a trustee would complete at least one term of office which is 3 years. It is hoped that they would remain for 2 terms. Families First have full insurance cover including Trustee indemnity.
New trustees will have to complete an application form, references and criminal record checks will be taken up. Trustees are offered a full induction training with power point presentations on becoming a trustee, child and adult protection and an introduction to our children’s services. They also receive an induction pack which includes policy, procedure, good practice guidance, business plans and annual reports.
Arrangements can be made for trustees out of pocket expenses (mileage or public transport) to be brought along on the night of meetings.