The Friends of Rowntree Park are recruiting trustees – if you are passionate about your park, nature and community – we need you!
To support the strategic leadership of The Friends of Rowntree Park, we are now looking for people to join our board of trustees. We are looking for new trustees who are passionate about nature and about community.
Over the last few years, the Friends have greatly increased our membership and volunteer numbers, as well as the range and breadth of our activities, and thus the Friends became a charity in Summer 2019, and our work has expanded. In addition to helping maintain and improve areas of the park, we run community events and projects, as well as educational programmes. Our expanded volunteer programme has a particular focus on helping reduce social isolation and supporting those with mental health issues. We have ambitious visions for what we’d like to achieve in the park, including the creation of new wildlife areas and habitats, more biodiversity, enhancing our education programme and working with the local community. We work closely with the council, with local schools and with other groups. Further details of our work can be seen on our website https://rowntreepark.org.uk/; our news and plans are communicated to our members and other stakeholders, via our newsletters.
We are ideally looking for between three to five new trustees to join our existing team of four. We started the charity with five trustees, but one has taken on the new role of Charity Manager on a short- term contract. We found this role was needed to support our expanded work.
We seek people with a strong commitment to the organisation’s aims and values, who are collaborative in approach. Applications from individuals with experience in the following areas are particularly welcomed; law, finance, human resources, charity work or similar nature- based experience, but this list is certainly not exclusive. Personal knowledge of the park and the Friends is also helpful. Applications are open to anyone above the age of 18; younger people are encouraged to apply and can reference experience from education or volunteer work. We seek people with a belief in the power of volunteering and community to make a positive impact on the environment and personal wellbeing. In return, you will be joining a dedicated group of people, all with a genuine desire to make a difference.
We are a relatively small charity and the contribution of the trustees is a key part of the functioning of the organisation. The role of trustees is voluntary and, unpaid. The exact time commitment will fluctuate depending on the activities with which each trustee is involved, and the level of Friends’ activity, overall. As a minimum, the role requires a commitment of approximately one day a month, spread over the month. Most communication is conducted over email. There are around four trustee meetings a year, though additional meetings may be required. Currently these meetings take place via Zoom. Trustees are also expected to attend the friends committee meetings that take place four times a year, also currently via Zoom. Optionally, trustees are encouraged to volunteer at Friends’ activities or projects, as this gives an insight to the nature and value of our work.
The Friends of Rowntree Park are committed to improving the diversity of the board and believe that representation is important to reflect the diverse communities that we serve. We encourage applications from women, individuals with a disability, those from the LGBTQ community and/or individuals from a BAME background. We also welcome younger candidates (over the age of 18). We would give support/training, where needed.
How to apply
To apply, please email a letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 by February 28th 2021, explaining:
– your interest in the Friends of Rowntree Park, and
– what skills and experience you can bring to our board
and giving details of two character references.
You may include a CV if you have one. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would hope that the new trustees would be appointed swiftly and be able to attend our 22nd April 2021 committee meeting.
Summary of the role of a trustee:
A trustee helps a charity to achieve its aims, by being part of a group of trustees who oversee the work of the charity, checking it is financially and legally secure.
Why become a trustee?
1.Give something back
Becoming a trustee is a fantastic way to contribute to a cause that you care about. You’ll be playing an integral part in the way the charity is run, ensuring it remains well-run, sustainable and financially- viable.
2. Meet new people
Joining a new organisation or charity is a fantastic way to meet new people from a range of different personal and professional backgrounds. There are lots of opportunities to meet new and interesting people.
3. Learn new things
Getting involved as a charity trustee is a great way to put your professional skills to use, but can also be a fantastic opportunity to learn new things – and have fun doing so. You’ll get great insight into what’s involved in the management of charities, gaining skills in team work and working in a leadership role.
4. Improve your CV and enhance your professional development
This might important to you or totally irrelevant, but .for younger people, it can be an exciting form of professional development,with a range of experiences, from learning how organisations work through to planning finances.