With high numbers of homeless people sleeping on London streets, not only our work is more important than ever, but so is our commitment to support those people for who no other adequate provision exists. We are looking for people who want to dedicate time, energy and skills to help us deliver in trustee roles, including an exciting Chair of Trustees opportunity.
To learn more about what we do and how you might be able to help us, please see below for:
1. Information for prospective trustees
2. What we are looking for
3. How to apply
1. INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE TRUSTEES
Overview… The Simon Community is a therapeutically informed community of ex-street homeless people and (mainly young) full-time volunteers who live and work together in London. We transform the lives of everyone involved by also running a wide range of outreach services to people still on the streets. Our services are designed to make and sustain relationships with those most in need and those who are hardest to reach. Our full-time volunteers, living and working with our residents, are supported by part-time volunteers, some of whom are ex-homeless and want to support those who are street homeless. Leadership is currently provided by a Director and we have a full-time Office Manager and Community Support Worker.
A significant history….The Simon Community has been in existence since 1963, when it was founded by Anton Wallich-Clifford and is widely recognised as a pioneering charity from which the homelessness sector as we know it today grew. The Simon Community has touched tens of thousands of lives and has inspired those involved to set up similar projects worldwide, including St Mungo’s, Centrepoint and The Cyrenians.
Where we are now….Our residential therapeutic practice is developing well and this forms the backbone of our work and development, with our Malden Road property as its beating heart also for our outreach activities and organisation as a whole. The Simon Community is financially stable, and has a strong asset base. Through natural trustee turnover the Board is undergoing change yet retains a wide set of strong skills and key competencies via continuing members.
An exciting future….We are an independent charity with a vision to strengthen our therapeutic community practice in our residential spaces and services, and would be able to expand our property portfolio. There will plenty of opportunity to shape the strategy and the ways in which the Simon Community offers the type of support of which there is no other.
2. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We seek the Simon Community ethos and approach to be reflected in not only our services but also our strategy, leadership and Board of Trustees.
We aim to maintain a balanced set of experience and expertise on the Board of Trustees in order to deliver strong and effective governance, strategic development and decision making. To this end the Simon Community is currently looking for a Chair and new members of the Board of Trustees.
The Chair of Trustees will take over the leadership of the Board and strategic development. This role will be supported by a Vice Chair. Please see the separate role description.
New trustees will preferable offer skills in, and experience of, one or more of the following areas the Simon Community would benefit from:
PR and marketing
If you are interested in becoming a Simon Community trustee but offer expertise in other fields, please still consider to submit an application.
The Board currently meets six times per year at a Central London location as well as at the Community Meeting and the Annual General Meeting, with the trustee role also requiring some hands-on involvement at this stage of our development. Trustees need to understand our ethos and be willing to learn about therapeutic communities. We ask new Board members to familiarise themselves with the community and our approach by visiting or helping out with some of our services as part of the trustee recruitment and induction process.
3. HOW TO APPLY
Please send a CV and covering letter (of no more than 2 sides of an A4 page) explaining your interest of the role, how you meet the criteria and how much time you can commit to Rachel Cullen, our Office Manager, at [email protected] If you are interested in applying for the role of Chair of Trustees, please address this in the covering letter and indicate it clearly in the email subject line.
To discuss becoming involved in another capacity, please use the same contact details.
The Board will hold an externally facilitated group meeting for short listed candidates. The meeting will be an opportunity for the Board to learn more about the prospective trustees, and vice versa.
Closing date for applications: 26 February 2018
Notification of short listing: 5 March 2018
Group meeting: 7 March 2018
AGM: 14 April 2018
Please find the description of the Chair role here
Please find details of the Founding Principles here
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