Join our Board of Trustees

Are you a Financial Wizard?  

We are recruiting for a number of voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees. Worthing Community Chest is a registered, local, independent charity that enables local groups and charities to achieve community enrichment through grants we award.

Our vision

To be the “go-to” funder and partner of new and developing community groups in Worthing. Together we improve, transform and enrich lives.

What is a trustee?

Trustees, also called board members, are the volunteers who lead charities and decide how they are run. Becoming a trustee at Worthing Community Chest is a great way of contributing to causes you care about and developing strategic and leadership skills at the same time. Whether you are an experienced trustee or want to take your first step at board level, we want to hear from you.

We strive for a fairer and more inclusive board. Currently, our board is 16% female and 16% from ethnic minorities. We strongly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.  A diverse board will better represent the varied groups we support. Join us in making a difference. 

Are you a Financial Wizard?  

Are you passionate about numbers, motivated by financial matters, and activated by working with accounts? If you’re pursuing a career in accounting or seeking a finance-related career upgrade, Worthing Community Chest offers an ideal platform to achieve your goals while making a positive impact on the Worthing Community.

As the Treasurer’s Assistant, your tasks may include:

1. Financial Management: Assisting the Treasurer in managing our charity’s finances, including budgeting, financial reporting, and financial analysis.

2. Record Keeping: Maintaining accurate and up-to-date financial records, ensuring compliance with accounting standards and regulations.

3. Financial Planning: Collaborating with the Treasurer to develop financial strategies, identify funding opportunities, and optimize financial resources.

4. Assistance in Board Meetings: Attending board meetings every six weeks and providing financial insights and updates to the board

Skills

We are seeking the following skills and experience:

Community Engagement: Ability to connect with and understand the needs of the Worthing community, demonstrating a genuine passion for community development.

Strategic Thinking: Capacity to contribute to the development and implementation of long-term strategies that align with our mission and goals.

Governance Knowledge: Understanding of governance principles and legal responsibilities associated with trusteeship, ensuring effective oversight and decision-making.

Financial Acumen: Familiarity with financial management and budgeting practices to support sound financial decision-making and resource allocation.

Networking and Partnerships: Experience in building and nurturing relationships with stakeholders, potential donors, and community organizations to foster collaboration and fundraising opportunities.

Leadership and Communication: Strong leadership skills and the ability.

Benefits

As a trustee or volunteer, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Training: Access to training opportunities to enhance your skills and personal development. This can contribute to your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
  2. Expenses Paid: Reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out volunteer duties.
  3. Fun and Social Aspects: Engage in a supportive and welcoming team environment, fostering new friendships and social connections.
  4. Practical Experience: Gain hands-on experience in fundraising, applying and expanding your existing skills.
  5. Influence and Decision-Making: Have the opportunity to shape the way we manage our grant giving, contributing your unique perspectives and ideas.
  6. Meaningful Impact: Make a direct and tangible difference in enriching the Worthing Community, positively impacting the lives of individuals and groups.

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and experience the priceless rewards of being part of a community-driven organisation.

Practical Considerations

  1. Location and Accessibility: Our office is conveniently located at Freedom Works, Stoke Abbott Rd, Worthing BN11 1HJ, near the A259 and A24 in Worthing. The premises are easily accessible by car and public transportation.
  2. Parking: Ample parking facilities are available near our office, ensuring convenience for volunteers who prefer to drive.
  3. Public Transportation: Bus stops in Chapel Road, Worthing, are located nearby, providing accessible public transportation options for volunteers who prefer to use buses.
  4. Flexible Hours: We understand the importance of flexibility and strive to accommodate volunteers’ availability as much as possible. We can discuss flexible scheduling options to ensure a suitable time commitment for trustees.
  5. Legal Commitments: As a trustee, you will have legal responsibilities governed by law. For detailed information on these commitments, please follow the provided link.
  6. Meeting Schedule: Trustees meet every six weeks for board meetings, where important decisions are made. Additionally, working groups and fundraising events may be organized in between board meetings. We encourage trustees to actively participate in these activities and serve as ambassadors for Worthing Community Chest.

Join us as a trustee, and enjoy the convenience of our location, flexibility in hours, and the rewarding experience of making a difference in the Worthing community.

When do I need to be available?

This is a highly flexible role, allowing you to work at your own convenience, with the exception of board meetings.

Here’s what you can expect regarding time commitments:

1. Board Meetings: Board meetings are held every six weeks, providing a structured framework for important discussions and decisions. These meetings take place between 6:30-8:30 pm.

2. Working Groups: Working groups, aimed at fundraising and partnership activities, are scheduled at times that accommodate the availability of trustees. This flexibility ensures that you can actively participate and contribute in a way that suits your schedule.

3. Estimated Time Commitment: On average, the role requires approximately 10 hours per month. This includes board meetings, working group involvement, and any additional tasks related to fundraising and project implementation. Enjoy the flexibility of working in your own hours, collaborating with fellow trustees, and making a positive impact on the Worthing Community.