Sherborne Area Refugee Support (Shares) would to strengthen its board of trustees by recruiting two or three new members.
Shares was first set up in 2015 by a group of individuals who had been campaigning for refugees to be welcomed to Dorset. Since then, as our work has grown and evolved, so too have the group’s responsibilities as trustees. Our promotion of opportunities to volunteer as befrienders and English language teachers with Dorset County Council has resulted in many local people directly supporting the families. However, Shares does not have any paid staff, and we now need more skilled and experienced volunteers to help run the organisation.
Our challenges over the coming months include developing and delivering a business plan, developing new policies and procedures, and ensuring that we are sustainable financially and comply with charitable law and best practice.
In addition to the challenges above, key aspects of the role include liaising with partner organisations and volunteers, and acting as an ambassador for Shares by raising awareness of our work. We are particularly interested in recruiting trustees with experience of charity governance and law, safeguarding and financial management. We would also welcome someone with good secretarial and computer skills to assist with record keeping and potentially social media work. Trustees need to attend one evening meeting every 4 to 6 weeks, and to be active and constructive participants, which generally involves reading and digesting paperwork beforehand. The role is voluntary.