Trustee

About Fife Gingerbread

We are a voluntary sector organisation that provides information, advice and support service to lone parents and families in need all over Fife.

Our aim is simple: to provide accessible, approachable and non-judgemental support, advice and information to lone parents. We are the only voluntary sector organisation in Fife with charitable status that has lone parent families as the primary focus. Based in Glenrothes, we cover the whole of Fife, providing a variety of services to lone parent families, in their local communities.

We seek to empower lone parents and families in need to promote their wellbeing and opportunities. We offer holistic support through our various projects, working at the pace and timescale that is right for the parent to overcome barriers such as poverty, isolation and poor mental health. Throughout all projects our ethos is the same: Engage – Support – Progress.


Trustee / The role

Trustees are responsible for the financial and corporate governance of Fife Gingerbread. To oversee the running of the organisation and to ensure we comply with charity law, remain financially solvent, and act within our charitable purposes. We also work to develop and improve the organisation so that we can deliver even better services in future.

Trustees have the following specific roles and duties:

  1. To contribute to the strategic leadership and development of Fife Gingerbread;
  2. To oversee the financial and corporate governance of Fife Gingerbread and support the Treasurer and Chair of the Board as required to achieve compliance with the organisation’s legal duties;
  3. To be an advocate for Fife Gingerbread and represent the organisation externally;
  4. To provide relevant advice and expertise as requested by the Chair;
  5. To act at all times in the interests of the charity and to comply with the requirements of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator;
  6. To attend Board meetings regularly.


    What we are looking for

    These are the personal and professional qualities we are looking for in a Trustee:

  7. Personal commitment to our values, and enthusiasm for our work. We ask you to demonstrate that you understand the work we do and the people we work with and can empathise with a range of different life experiences. It’s vital to us that our Trustees can understand our service users’ perspectives and circumstances. Indeed, you may have been a user of ours, or similar, services in the past or currently. We also want you to share our enthusiasm for what we do – we need proactive people who care and will commit!
  8. Collaborative, creative and open-minded communication style. The Board works as a team and we care about how we communicate and manage our relationships with each other and the staff. We’ll ask you to show that you can communicate clearly and effectively, tailoring your style to different audiences – and that includes listening.
  9. Commitment to advocating for Fife Gingerbread. We’re looking for people who have good networks and will use them to publicise our work, help us to access resources, and represent us in local and national political and policy settings.
  10. Awareness of our political, policy and service environment. You’ll be able to show that you understand the context in which Fife Gingerbread is operating within the third sector and have the judgment to identify risks and opportunities.
  11. Honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. As charity Trustees we have legal and financial duties, and a responsibility to each other and to the organization to act with integrity at all times. We’ll be looking for you to demonstrate that you operate from within these values too.
  12. Commitment – We ask that you attend at least 3 Board meetings per year. We ask that you show us that you’ve committed to a similar level of involvement in a project or organisation before.

What we aim to give you

It's not just a one-way street. We hope that being a Trustee will offer you a unique and diverse set of experiences and development opportunities, including the following;

  • The chance to take part in annual events and see the impact of our work first-hand;
  • Opportunity to participate in a wide range of training opportunities including attending relevant conferences and seminars;
  • Enhance your understanding of how the voluntary sector operates;
  • Deepen your knowledge of a range of issues in relation to families and poverty;
  • The satisfaction and confidence building of recognizing your transferable skills and using them to make a difference to people's lives;
  • Being a key part of the success of Fife’s largest children and family support charity.

All your out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel to meetings, childcare) will be reimbursed, and the cost of any training, conferences or professional development events we ask you to attend will be covered by the organisation.

Application process

If you’re interested and would like an application pack please contact Claire Millar claire@fifegingerbread.org.uk or call 01592 725210

If you have any questions about the role of Trustee or about Fife Gingerbread, please contact our Chair, Ian Clark ian.clark@fifegingerbread.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 10am on Tuesday 31 December 2019.

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