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Safe Steps is seeking new Trustees

Are you looking for a great way to give something to your community? Safe Steps is an Essex domestic abuse support organisation for adults, young people and children.

Who we are

Safe Steps, established in 2018, is a forward-thinking charity that works with and for all survivors of domestic abuse, across Southend-on-Sea and in the wider Essex area. Each year we support approx. 5000 people through our helpline, community support services, specialist children’s services and safe accommodation.

The role:

We are seeking to recruit committed people to become Trustees, with a passion for our cause, to our Board. Playing a vital role in the governance of the charity to ensure we are in good financial health, meeting our intended aims and objectives, allocate resources and generally hold ourselves and the organisation accountable.

As well as growing the size of our Board, we want to build a diverse trustee board; one that informs better decision making, improves the quality of our work and makes meaningful impact on improving the lives of individuals impacted by domestic abuse.

It is not necessary to have had previous trustee or board experience. We are looking for people who have something to offer in the following areas.

Person specification – essential skills:

  • A commitment to the organisation and a passion for the mission
  • Knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent, balanced judgement
  • Good communication
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a trustee.

In addition, some specific expertise in one or more of the following areas would be desirable:

  • Business/commercial/financial
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Marketing/communications
  • Professional knowledge of VAWG/policing/criminal justice
  • Commissioning/Local Authority contract management
  • Understanding of the charity/voluntary sector
  • Lived experience of domestic abuse.

Time Commitment:

  • Average 4hrs a month to include bi-monthly meetings, AGM, annual away day
  • Can commit to a minimum of 12-18 months
  • Willing to attend ad-hoc fundraising or special events.
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