We are a local independent advice charity and are part of the Citizens Advice network. Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face – we provide free, confidential and impartial advice and we campaign on the issues affecting people’s lives. The cost of living crisis means that now is a crucial time for us to grow our capacity to give help and advice, and campaign on behalf of service users. You can be part of guiding that process, making a genuine impact on the lives of people in your community.
Citizens Advice Brighton and Hove has two aims:
1. to provide the advice people need for the problems they face – this means helping people understand their rights and responsibilities so that they can make informed choices
2. to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives – this means we listen to our client’s problems and provide evidence to policy makers on the impact of legislation on real people’s lives.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
The cost of living crisis means that now is a crucial time for us to grow our capacity to give help and advice to everyone who needs it and to campaign on their behalf. With the increased demand on our services we are looking for trustees to help us grow and develop. In order to move forward confidently, we are looking for trustees with legal experience, policy development and fundraising as well as marketing, social media and communications skills to join the board. We are also looking to welcome people with little or no board experience who would like to learn more about charity governance.
As a trustee you will support the board to develop and maintain its governance. It is the board’s role to provide good, strong leadership and enable the organisation to provide effective services to clients. As a trustee you will support the board to develop and maintain its governance. It is the board’s role to provide good, strong leadership and enable the organisation to provide effective services to clients.
You will be involved in:
● directing the organisation towards its charitable objects
● being accountable for the charity and its affairs
● defining its strategic goals
● monitoring performance
● holding management accountable for progress towards those goals
What induction, training and support is offered?
Citizens Advice Brighton and Hove is here for everyone, and we understand that diversity in our workforce is the best way of understanding the varying needs of the city around us, so we welcome and encourage applications from all communities.
Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is a priority for us and we have a collective responsibility to build an equitable and inclusive service that reflects our values. Citizens Advice is open to everyone living or working in Brighton and Hove. Our service is free, independent, confidential and impartial. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.
We are also looking to welcome people with little or no board experience who would like to learn more about charity governance. There will be an opportunity to be mentored throughout the process in order to welcome more people with wider skillsets to join our trustee team.
What skills or qualities are needed?
The ideal candidate will understand the problems that people in our communities are currently facing, and be committed to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service. They will have the commitment and availability to attend trustee board meetings, and have the communication skills to participate actively in discussion. They should have the willingness to learn and to develop, the ability to think creatively and strategically, and to work effectively as a member of a team.
● commitment and availability to attend trustee board meetings
● effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion
● willingness to gain knowledge of local needs and resources
● commitment to the aims, principles and policies of the Citizens Advice service including those relating to equal opportunities, independence, and research and campaigns
● willingness and ability to act in the best interests of the local Citizens Advice
● ability to understand and accept your responsibilities and liabilities as trustees an employers
● willingness to participate in democratic process which develops Citizens Advice policies by area and nationally
● numeracy to the extent required to understand accounts with the support of a treasurer
● willingness and ability to learn, and to develop and examine their own attitudes
● ability to think creatively and strategically, and exercise good, independent judgment
● basic DBS check will be requested before appointment
10th July 2023
Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Rd, Hove, Brighton and Hove
Deadline for applications
31 Jul 2024
A campaigning group A lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender group A women's group Bereaved people Black and minority ethnic groups Carers Children/families Community and social centres Disabled people Homeless people Non-English speakers/refugees Older people Other groups People with drugs/alcohol problems People with health problems People with mental health problems Prisoners, offenders and their families Young people
Administration/finance/fundraising Being a committee member/trustee Research/media/campaigning Volunteering as part of a team Volunteering with computers